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Some types of information might be available from a site visit and other types of information would be gathered before or after a site visit.
Following are some types of information available from site visits:
Community health concerns. Information about health concerns in the
community is usually gathered at meetings held in association with site
visits, but meetings may be held throughout the public health assessment
The following types of information would be available from other sources:
Background and site history information is usually available in reports that are collected before or after the site visit.
Environmental contamination information is usually available in reports that are collected before or after the site visit, unless the community and environmental agencies are able to provide it at the time of the site visit.
Information contained in state databases about births, deaths, and diseases
in the community's population is usually gathered after the site visit.
Health assessors can capture details about the site effectively by using
the tools that are available for organizing information at the site, making
notes at the site, and taking photographs or videos. Upon returning from
a site visit, health assessors can present the information to several
coworkers and have an open discussion about the possible pathways. With
their help, the health assessor can compile a list of information that
might still be needed to complete the assessment.
February 20, 2008
EPH Training Coordinator