Understanding the resource needs, funding demands, and work climate of the environmental health community is paramount to our mission. We partner with universities, local, state, tribal, territorial, and federal environmental health organizations to gather data and facilitate actions to address issues impacting the environmental health workforce.
Environmental Health Department StructureOur 2022 literature review and report on the department structure for environmental health departments identifies the optimal structure, governance type, and funding sources for environmental health departments. It provides the foundation for what is known about the environmental health workforce in the United States and its territories and recommends:
- Determining required environmental health services
- Setting staffing standards
- Establishing funding requirements
- Setting credentialing requirements
- Prioritizing workforce development
- Identifying partnerships
The full summary will be available soon in our Journal of Environmental Health.