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Ten Essential Environmental Health Services

Image describes in a pie format the Ten Essential Environmental Health Services of 1. Monitor health status to identify community environmental health problems. 2. Diagnose and investigate environmental health problems and health hazards in the community. 3. Inform, educate, and empower people about environmental health issues. 4. Mobilize partnerships to identify and solve environmental health problems. 5. Develop policies and plans that support individual and community environmental health efforts. 6. Support laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety. 7. Link people to needed environmental health services and assure the provision of environmental health services when otherwise unavailable. 8. Assure a competent environmental health workforce. 9. Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based environmental health services. 10. Research for new insights and innovative solutions to environmental health and
protection problems.

The operating philosophy of the Division of Environmental Health Services (DEHS) Program is based on the Ten Essential Public Health Services first articulated in 1994 by a partnership of local, state, and national public health leaders. These services were used by the National Center for Environmental Health of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as a basis for its six goals for the revitalization of environmental health in the 21st century. IHS has taken a proactive approach and adapted the Ten Essential Public Health Services as the Ten Essential Environmental Health Services and has incorporated this set of strategies into the methods in which it delivers services to American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities across the country.

Resources for each of the Ten Essential Environmental Health Services can be found by clicking the link for that service. Collection of these resources was initially supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through a grant provided to the University of New Mexico (grant no. U48/CCU610818-05). CDC specific resources Exit Disclaimer: You Are Leaving www.ihs.gov  are also available.