Best Practices for Successful Programs

Authored by: Herman Koren , Alma Mary Anderson

Management and Supervisory Practices for Environmental Professionals

Print publication date:  February  2021
Online publication date:  February  2021

Print ISBN: 9780367647025
eBook ISBN: 9781003130529
Adobe ISBN:

10.1201/9781003130529-9

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Abstract

When you have successfully completed this lesson, you should

Understanding the concept of Best Practices, where they come from, how they are used, and why they are significant in resolving problems and subproblems, establishing programs, and enhancement of existing programs.

Understanding the concept of Competencies, where they come from, how they are used, and why they are significant in resolving problems and subproblems, establishing programs, and enhancement of existing programs.

Understanding the interrelationship between Best Practices and Competencies.

Learning and utilizing general Competencies including general college-level science; communications and education; planning and management; general technical skills; and administrative and supervisory skills.

Learning and utilizing the specific Competencies including: how to analyze the problem and utilize skills to prevent, mitigate, and control environmental, biological, chemical, and physical agents from causing environmental degradation and injury, illness, and death to the population being served.

Understanding that environmental degradation caused by pollutants, and the diseases that people get related to these environmental pollutants come from a multitude of sources which may interact with each other to cause further harm. These sources may be present in the air, built environment, food, healthcare environment, insects and rodents, recreational environments, swimming areas, sewage disposal systems, solid waste, hazardous materials, hazardous wastes, land, water systems (drinking water supplies), and bodies of water.

Understanding the complexity of environmental health problems, solutions, and the potential for unwanted side effects when putting a program into operation to solve a problem.

Understanding that there is a vast amount of information available on the internet and that the information concerning environmental problems and solutions may be inaccurate or in fact false, thus encouraging the reader to seek information about Best Practices and Competencies from the following sources: peer-reviewed journals, professional associations, governmental agencies at the federal, state, and local levels, businesses, industries, citizen-centered associations, universities, books by recognized experts in the field, and research groups.

Understanding the origin of the modern movement to use Best Practices in environmental health, the fact that they are evidence-based and science-based experiences from the work product of professionals and that they can be tested and, if necessary, revised to meet a particular situation.

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