In this task, the team will collect descriptive information about perceived community concerns. The intent is to identify concerns that are most relevant to community members and to determine how prevalent or widespread these concerns are in the community. Statistical information about the community’s environmental health status is combined with this descriptive information to generate issue profiles in Task 9. A comprehensive list of environmental health issues should be generated, as these will be used to develop community-specific standards and indicators, draft issue profiles, rank concerns, and set priorities for action.
At the completion of this task, the assessment team should have:
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Questions to Consider:
When gathering local data, what issues, and concepts must you take into account? What are some of the benefits and limitations of formal and informal data collection methods? Once issues are identified, how do you begin to create a manageable list of issues?