For more information on this project, contact John O'Malley, Environmental Health Director, Selva Selvendran, Kai Jones, or Roy (Mike) McGinnis, PACE-EH Coordinators, at the Palm Beach County Health Department.
PALM BEACH COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT
August/September 2006 PACE EH Report
To: Daniel Parker, MSP,
Assistant Division Director, Division of Environmental Health
From: Selva Selvendran, PACE EH Coordinator
Subject: August/September 2006 PACE EH Project Update
During the month of August several attempts were made to move the PACE EH Project in the Watergate Estates forward.
Community surveys continue to be collected. Several community sweeps have been completed and continue to be done.
The PBSO Community substation held its Grand Opening. Developments of programs for the center are being set into place.
Community canal continues to be a concern and close monitoring will be needed.
2. Work Plan and Process Update
|Task 1: Determine Community Capacity
||Strong proof of ownership of the PACE EH project was noted.
|WE CARE, a local community group that is a significant resource for community mobilization is committed to assisting and providing support
|Calvary Baptist Church remains to be committed to assist the project
|The Palm Beach County Sheriff?s Office Community Policing has continued to be an important partner in the PACE EH project
|Palm Beach County Office of Community Revitalization will continue to participate in PACE EH activities and assist the community with incorporation
||March 6, 2006|
|First community meeting conducted
|Second community meeting conducted
||May 22, 2006|
|Task 2: Define and Characterize the Community
||In 2005, along with the help of the Office of Community Revitalization, a neighborhood in West Boca Raton was targeted for PACE. It consists of about 850 mobile homes, lots are individually owned. Census data documents low income levels, and the majority of the homes are more than 20 years old
|Task 3: Assemble Community Environmental Health Assessment Team.
|Task 4: Define Goals, Objectives, and Scope of the Assessment
||The Vision of the assessment was to reach all three phases of the community to ensure full representation. Surveys were distributed through the community news letter mail outs, door to door interviews, and at the PBSO community substation open house event.
|A manageable List of issues will be generated from the surveys and we will evaluate the proposed list according to the PACE EH criteria.
|Task 5:Generate a list of Environmental Health Issues
||Community concerns -A list with statistical data will be presented to the community to help foster the community?s understanding of the project and to continue to engage the community.
3. Outstanding Issues/Concerns
Early August Mrs. Jones first community meeting was canceled due to a lack of response. A plan was put into action to do a door to door community sweep to solicit more community input. An informational brochure was developed to be passed out along with the surveys. The plan was to conduct the door to door survey and leave a survey, brochure and a self addressed stamped envelop at the homes where no one was available. Our first community sweep on September 8, 2006 went well. The second community sweep was conducted on September 20, 2006 and a third on September 27, 2006. On Saturday, September 9, 2006 Courtney Shippey and Kai Jones attended the Sheriff Department (PBSO) community sub station grand opening. It was a great opportunity to talk to residents about the PACE EH program and to receive more data for the surveys. We are planning a meeting in Early October to discus the results of the community survey.
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