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The Bureau of Environmental Health has adopted the National Association of City and County Health Officials' (NACCHO) Protocol for Assessing Community Excellence in Environmental Health - PACE EH.

For several years, the Bureau of Environmental Health has supported county health departments to work with their communities and address environmental health concerns. Collectively, the county health departments across Florida who have implemented PACE EH in communities have become a national model and provided evidence that communities identify built environment and urban planning issues as environmental health issues.

While some of the projects do not follow the PACE EH methodology exactly, all projects are designed to open the lines of communication between the county health departments and their affected communities.

Built Environment 

The built environment includes our homes, schools, workplaces, parks/recreation areas, business areas and roads.  It extends overhead in the form of electric transmission lines, underground in the form of waste disposal sites and subway trains, and across the country in the form of highways.  The built environment encompasses all buildings, spaces and products that are created or modified by people.  It impacts indoor and outdoor physical environments (e.g., climate conditions and indoor/outdoor air quality), as well as social environments (e.g., civic participation, community capacity and investment) and subsequently our health and quality of life.