Emergency and Environmental Health Services: Improving the Practice of Environmental Health
Learn how CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health/Division of Emergency and Environmental Health Services (EEHS) advances environmental public health practice and emergency preparedness and response efforts to better serve and protect the health of all people in the United States.
Under the program’s independent oversight for more than 40 years, the U.S. Army has destroyed chemical warfare agents at seven of the nine U.S. disposal facility sites. Facilities are under construction to destroy chemical warfare agents at the two remaining sites: Blue Grass, Kentucky; and Pueblo, Colorado.
The Environmental Health Services Branch
- Works with state and local health departments to identify and address environmental causes of foodborne and waterborne illness outbreaks via the Environmental Health Specialists Network.
- Develops traditional and innovative training and resources to support environmental health practitioners at all levels.
The Healthy Community Design Initiative works to
- Link public health surveillance with community design decisions;
- Improve community design decisions through tools such as health impact assessment;
- Educate decision makers on the health impact of community design;
- Build partnerships with community design decision makers and their influencers;
- Conduct research to identify the links between health and community design; and
- Translate research into best practices.
The Healthy Homes and Lead Poisoning Prevention Program provides
- Lead surveillance. Surveillance data are used by CDC, health departments, and other agencies to target limited resources to the highest risk children and to track incidence and risk factors.
- Technical expertise. Provides guidance and assistance (when possible) for determining lead exposure and recommended response.
- Inspects cruise ships via periodic, unannounced operational sanitation inspections and scheduled construction inspections.
- Monitors gastrointestinal illnesses and investigates or responds to outbreaks.
- Trains cruise ship employees on public health practices.