Improving your Agency’s Monitoring Capability Through the use of the Environmental Public Health Performance Standards.


Speakers:  Sarah B. Kotchian and Pat Bohan


Excellence in environmental health systems begins with data!  Many agencies in the country lack adequate monitoring systems to allow them to identify the most important environmental health issues and to evaluate the effectiveness of their programs Participate in this hands-on session and create a game plan for improving environmental health surveillance in your community!


Over the past two years, representatives from local, state, and tribal agencies across the U.S. have used the draft national Environmental Public Health Performance Standards to assess gaps in their agencies’ capability to perform the ten essential services of environmental health.  Preliminary results from these assessments show that many environmental health agencies have gaps in their ability to fulfill standard #1, “Monitor environmental and health status to identify and solve community environmental health problems.”  This active workshop is designed to help participants build agency capacity in this important first standard.  During the learning laboratory, participants will conduct an assessment of their agency’s monitoring system, and will leave with specific action plans and simple steps to begin to strengthen this system upon their return home.  Participants will be provided with examples of other environmental health monitoring systems and indicators that may be useful to them in improving their own systems


Participants will gain hands-on experience in using a portion of the new national Environmental Public Health Performance Standards assessment tool.


Participants will learn how to access and use the entire free Performance Standards assessment instrument to complete a full assessment of environmental health services within their jurisdiction. 


Participants will be able to describe how to access on-line tools and other resources that will assist agencies in meeting some of the national Environmental Public Health Performance Standards