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News and Features

This page provides links to this year’s EHS spotlight and news articles.

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2015 News Items

Spotlight Features

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Sharing Environmental Health Services Across Jurisdictional Boundaries. [PDF - 536 KB] – CDC authors Liza Corso and Robert Blake and guest authors Gianfranco Pezzino and Patrick Libbey discuss the benefits from cross-jurisdictional sharing of essential public health services and offer examples of successful collaboration from around the nation. This article was published in the April 2015 issue [PDF - 138 KB] of the Journal of Environmental Health.

Best Food Cooling Practices for Restaurants – EHS-Net study examines the food cooling practices of 420 randomly selected restaurants to assess current practices and to provide recommendations for cooling foods more effectively to prevent foodborne illness outbreaks.

2015 Healthy and Safe Swimming Week: “Make a Healthy Splash: Share the Fun, Not the Germs”
Start planning now for Healthy and Safe Swimming Week (May 18–24, 2015): Educate your community about a few easy and effective steps to maximize the health benefits we all get from swimming.

March 8-14 is National Groundwater Awareness Week – Explore groundwater resources for environmental health practitioners.

Searching for E. coli – In 2006, a restaurant chain received spinach contaminated with E. coli, which made many people ill. Read the NCEH blog entry about how our scientists found out what caused a multistate outbreak of E. coli on spinach in 2006.

Acute Gastrointestinal Illness Following a Prolonged Community-Wide Water Emergency – New publication examines the association between water service disruptions and acute gastrointestinal illness.

EnvPHPS Logic Model for Drinking Water Programs – New tool with recommended strategies for public health department drinking water programs and activities to improve programmatic performance using the 10 Essential Environmental Public Health Services.

National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Calls for an Increased Focus on Improved Recreational Water Safety [PDF - 325 KB] – NACCHO has released Statement of Policy 15-01 emphasizing the importance of pool inspection and other recreational water safety activities at local health departments. The statement mentions the Model Aquatic Health Code as a tool health departments can use to decrease waterborne injury and illness and promote healthy swimming.

Modeling Health Impacts of the Transportation Built Environment: Challenges and Opportunities. [PDF - 360 KB] – Guest authors Geoffrey Whitfield and Arthur Wendel discuss the benefits and challenges associated with using models to predict community behaviors while planning the built environment, particularly regarding walking, biking, and using public transit.

Promo Video for Food Safety e-Learning – Check out our short video promoting CDC’s fun, free, and interactive e-Learning on Environmental Assessment of Foodborne Illness Outbreaks. The skills needed to participate in an outbreak investigation are different from those needed to inspect restaurants, and the role of environmental health staff is critical. View the video to learn why you should register for this training today.

Controlling Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF) – Study reports results of a successful campaign to eradicate the brown dog tick and reduce RMSF in an Arizona community with high RMSF-related fatalities.

E. coli Outbreak Investigation – Article reports findings of an in-depth systems analysis of irrigation water quality after a strain of E. coli caused an outbreak in Iowa and Minnesota in 2006. Contaminated shredded lettuce was found to be the source of the outbreak.

Summer Internship with Environmental Health Services – Applications are now being accepted for a 10-week summer environmental internship for students majoring in Environmental Health. Interns gain environmental health experience and an understanding of environmental health work at the local, state, tribal, and federal levels. Application deadline: February 11, 2015.

Managerial Practices Regarding Workers Working while Ill – EHS-Net publication describes restaurant policies for sick workers, what happens when managers work when sick, and what happens when workers work when sick.

The Road Towards Environmental Justice From a Multifaceted Lens [PDF - 264 KB] – Guest columnist LaToria Whitehead discusses concerns and challenges shared in environmental health and describes ways to strengthen the role of state, local, tribal, and national environmental health professionals to respond to adverse environmental exposures.

Request Changes for the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) – The Conference for the Model Aquatic Health Code is accepting change requests for the 2nd edition of the MAHC until February 19, 2015. Find out how to submit changes.

Improving Environmental Public Health Services Performance to Meet Community Needs [PDF - 1.35 MB] – New guidance document describes performance improvement resources and tools and explains how those tools are used to produce results that can be integrated into broader public health department performance improvement initiatives.

Restaurant Manager and Worker Food Safety Certification and Knowledge – Article examines the relationships among kitchen manager and worker food safety certification, food safety knowledge, restaurant and manager characteristics, and foodborne illness risk factors observed in restaurants.

Earlier news items are available on the News and Features Archive page.

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