When we examine current and past environmental health and protection programs and the Best Practices used in communities and industries, and how well they worked, we can create viable, economically sound responses to the needs of our own communities.

The discussion and use of Best Practices (evidence-based practice) is currently being stressed by the CDC, educational institutions, and various medically based professional organizations such as the American Psychological Association, the American Nurses Association, and the American Physical Therapy Association, as well as industry. This concept will accomplish what the author was taught while earning a Master of Public Health degree at the University of Michigan in 1959, that public health as well as environmental health will be at its best when it adopts techniques used by business and industry because of the great accomplishments of the American economy and industry which has been using Best Practices for many years.

There are two basic types of Best Practices in the various environmental and public health fields, and these are discussed below.

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