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Tools and Guidance Materials

Explore our tools and guidance for environmental health programs.

Preventing Foodborne Illnesses and Outbreaks

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National Voluntary Environmental Assessment Information System (NVEAIS)

Find out if your jurisdiction is registered for this system that captures environmental assessment data from foodborne illness outbreaks to help prevent future outbreaks.

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Findings & Recommendations in Plain Language

Peruse our library of research findings and recommendations written in plain language.

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Study Tools

Develop your own studies using our Environmental Health Specialists Network study protocols, data collection instruments, and data collection instructions.


Environmental Health Specialists Network Information System (EHSNIS)

Design your own data collection instruments for environmental health research using this free internet application.

Protecting Water

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Drinking Water Advisory Communication Toolbox

Access resources to help communities with all phases of water advisories including guidance, recommendations, instructions, templates, and other tools.

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Drought Guidance for Public Health Professionals – When Every Drop Counts

Understand and prepare for drought in your community with this guide for public health professionals.

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Emergency Water Supply Planning Guide for Hospitals and Health Care Facilities

Develop an Emergency Water Supply Plan to prepare for, respond to, and recover from a total or partial interruption of health facilities’ normal water supply.

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Guidance on Microbial Contamination in Previously Flooded Outdoor Areas

Learn how to assess the public health risks for using areas after a flood where potential exposure to microbial contamination exists.

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Drinking Water Logic Model

Logic Model to Improve Program Performance and Control Drinking Water Exposures

Access this tool for recommended strategies for drinking water programs and activities to improve programmatic performance using the 10 Essential Environmental Public Health Services.

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Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC)

CDC is collaborating with public health and industry experts to develop the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC), a free, evidence-based guide to make swimming and other water activities healthier and safer. It is a tool for state and local health departments to use to develop codes and regulations that reduce risk for waterborne disease outbreaks, chemical poisonings, drownings, and other injuries in pool and other recreational water venues.

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Water Safety Plans

Learn how to identify and prioritize potential threats to water quality at each step in a specific system’s water supply chain and implement best practices to mitigate those threats and ensure drinking-water quality.

Improving Performance

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Environmental Public Health Performance Standards (EnvPHPS)

Use these standards to improve delivery of the 10 Essential Environmental Public Health Services in your community.

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EnvPHPS Assessment Toolkit

Prepare for, conduct, and act upon your EnvPHPS assessment with tools such as a sample invitation letter, facilitator guide, voting cards, response analysis tool, report templates, and more.

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Improving Environmental Public Health Services Performance to Meet Community Needs [PDF - 1.35 MB]

Explore approaches to improve and align your program with broader public health department initiatives.

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Protocol for Assessing Community Excellence in Environmental Health (PACE EH)

Partner with your community to identify and address local environmental health issues using this guidebook.

Preventing Vectorborne Disease

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Integrated Pest Management: Conducting Urban Rodent Surveys [PDF - 1.3 MB]

Read this update of the CDC Urban Rat Surveys manual which includes information about integrated pest management (IPM).

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Recommendations for Rodent Control after a Disaster

Reduce the risk of disease or personal injury associated with rodents with these recommendations for residential areas.

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