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What is PACE-EH?
Multnomah County PACE-EH is a growing coalition of individuals, community organizations, and local health officials who are committed to improving environmental health and environmental justice in our communities. Our goals are to:
Multnomah County PACE-EH meets as a coalition four times a year and subcommittees meet once or twice monthly. Currently we are organizing communities in Inner North and Northeast Portland to participate in a PACE-EH environmental health and environmental justice assessment. Communities can learn more about environmental health and environmental justice, and create action plans based on their needs and values. Through this network, people can become part of the processes of decision making and determining the environmental health of their communities.
The PACE-EH process
Our process is based on a guidance tool developed by environmental health
professionals around the county. The guide is called PACE-EH, which stands
for Protocol for Assessing Community Excellence in Environmental Health.
In 1995, the National Association of County and City Health Officials
(NACCHO) created the guide to assist local health officials and concerned
community members in a community-driven environmental health assessment.
The PACE-EH process provides a mix of philosophy, practical guidance,
and lessons from the field. Most importantly, it acknowledges that each
community is unique, and encourages each PACE-EH site to shape the process
to fill its needs.
Task 1: Determine community capacity
Follow these links for more information on NACCHO’s PACE-EH protocol: