This training module provides information about the history and development of the Ten Essential Services of Public Health and the application of the Essential Services to environmental health practice. The module provides instruction on how to conduct the training and provides educational tools and exercises that an organization can use to assess an organization's readiness to integrate the Essential Services. It provides instruction on how to write performance indicators and on how to conduct a group exercise to practice writing indicators. Case studies of six environmental health units which underwent the training and wrote performance indicators are also available to the trainer for instruction. Sample pre- and post-surveys are provided to evaluate the effectiveness of the training. The CD-ROM includes a manual, audio-visual presentations, handouts, and additional resources for the trainer. This course can be used as a one-time training lasting over a period of 6 to 10 hours, or it can be incorporated into a series of in-house trainings or routine staff meetings.
• Describe the history and rationale for the Ten Essential Services
• Explain the value of the Essential Services to environmental health practice
• Identify the organization's challenges or barriers to incorporating the Essential Services
• Develop strategies to address the challenges or barriers
• Write performance indicators for the Essential Services
• Identify next steps in incorporating the Essential Services into their organization
All public health professionals interested in improving the practice of environmental health. The information will also be useful for educators teaching university students about the application of the Essential Services into contemporary environmental health practice.