The U.S. governmental public health system assures the nation’s health through a complex network of multiple integral components, despite facing challenges that stem from lack of cohesion and funding. One of the key components of an effective public health system is the provision of environmental health services that aims to protect and promote human wellbeing by anticipating, recognizing and mitigating environmental hazards. The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) proposes to undertake a national capacity building program to strengthen the ability of the 20,000 environmental health professionals in state, tribal, local and territorial (STLT) health departments (Category B). This capacity building assistance will improve delivery of essential governmental environmental public health services and strengthen environmental health infrastructure.
Our proposal, the National Capacity Building to Advance Environmental Health Professionals and the Public Health System, will address the needs articulated in national studies by leveraging our extensive professional network and building upon our existing catalog of synchronous and asynchronous e-learning, face-to-face training, peer-reviewed journal, and peer-to peer-coaching. This project will facilitate coordination and collaboration of multiple entities providing environmental public health services to address public health needs systematically and strategically. In aggregate, the intended outcome of this project is to advance the U.S. public health agency and system performance to a more cohesive, connected and competent system.