At the completion of this task, the assessment team should have:
Once issues have been ranked, it still may be necessary to determine which are most important for action. Again, locally specific criteria that reflect community values can be used. Prioritizing issues allows the community to direct resources, time, and energy to those issues that are deemed most critical and practical to address.
Priority setting differs from ranking in that it takes into account a range of other factors within the community. Environmental health concerns, if they are to be addressed, must be evaluated within the context of public perception of risk (explored during the ranking process) as well as the constraints and opportunities presented by the community’s unique scientific, legal, economic, social, and political systems. It is therefore a more subjective process.
Priority setting also considers local issues in the context of county, state, national, and international influences; for some issues, local ability to effectively address the issue may be relatively low, despite significant concern. Understanding the degree to which local action can effect change, as identified in this task, has implications for action plan development (Task 12).
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Questions to Consider:
Describe "Prioritizing" in regards to a PACE EH process. What is the difference between "ranking" and "prioritizing?"