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Environmental Health Community Assessment Tool. Robyn Gilden, RN, MS UMSON Environmental Health Education Center Greening the Nurse Curriculum January 14, 2009. Learning Objectives. Describe the process of developing an assessment tool

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environmental health community assessment tool

Environmental Health Community Assessment Tool

Robyn Gilden, RN, MS

UMSON Environmental Health Education Center

Greening the Nurse Curriculum

January 14, 2009

learning objectives
Learning Objectives
  • Describe the process of developing an assessment tool
  • Identify topic areas for a community environmental health assessment tool
  • Discuss lessons learned in the developing and piloting processes
  • Identify additional sources of information and technical assistance available to nurses based on findings from a community environmental health assessment
development process
Development Process
  • Identified need
  • Developed broad categories
  • Generated questions under each category
  • Edited internally
  • Pilot tested
  • Evaluated
  • (Revision)
topic areas
Air

Air pollution

Transportation issues

Water

Bodies of water

Drinking water

Fish alerts

Topic Areas
topic areas1
Topic Areas:
  • Land
    • Land use/Industry
    • Roads
    • Public transportation/walkability
    • Recreation area/green space
    • Pesticides
    • Fertilizers
    • Schools
    • Commuter lots/shopping areas
    • Housing stock
    • Vacant lots
    • Small businesses (gas stations, dry cleaners, auto repair)
    • Agriculture related issues
topic areas2
Waste

Landfills/incinerators

Trash collection, maintenance process

Illegal dumping

Odors

Rodents

Safety

Violence

Drugs

Police and emergency service presence

Topic Areas
pilot test
Pilot Test
  • Fall 2008 UG CH clinical group
  • Upton community, Baltimore, MD 21217
  • Feedback:
    • Able to use tool for the most part
    • Didn’t know what some of the acronyms meant (CCR)
    • Couldn’t (easily) find some of the information (zoning enforcement)
    • Some questions did not apply for an urban setting (Ag issues)
lessons learned
Lessons Learned
  • Need a lot of eyes
  • General questions and subsets
  • Students and practicing PH nurses are at different levels
resources and technical assistance
Resources and Technical Assistance
  • E-commons www.e-commons.org (coming soon!)
  • EnviRN www.envirn.umaryland.edu
  • Scorecard www.scorecard.org
resources and technical assistance1
Resources and Technical Assistance
  • US EPA
    • Envirofacts www.epa.gov/enviro/
    • Tools for Schools www.epa.gov/iaq/schools/index.html
    • Office of Drinking Water www.epa.gov/safewater/dwinfo/index.html
    • Office of Children’s Health Protection yosemite.epa.gov/ochp/ochpweb.nsf/content/homepage.htm
    • Office of Pesticides www.epa.gov/pesticides/
    • Office of Lead www.epa.gov/lead/
resources and technical assistance2
Resources and Technical Assistance
  • Local and State Level
    • Department of Environment
      • Local fish advisories
    • Department of Health
    • Department of Natural Resources Soil Conservation Districts
    • Archives of local newspapers
questions
Questions?
  • Robyn Gilden, RN, MS

Program Manager

University of Maryland School of Nursing

Environmental Health Education Center

(p) 410-706-4803/ (f) 410-706-0253

[email protected]

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