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

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2017 News Items

May 22-28 is Healthy and Safe Swimming Week - Learn how to stay healthy and safe in the water this summer and all year. Read the “Steps of Healthy Swimming” and download the toolkit for public health professionals.

Join the Next MAHC Network Webinar - Register today for the MAHC Network webinar May 24th at 12 pm EST; Topic: Reducing Cryptosporidium Risk in Swimming Pools.

Minimizing Risk of Illness and Injury at Public Aquatic Facilities by Maximizing the Power of Aquatic Facility Inspection Data. [PDF - 336 KB] - When environmental health practitioners enforce state or local codes during pool inspections, they prevent illness and injuries at public aquatic facilities. In this column, CDC’s Michele Hlavsa, CDR Jasen Kunz, and Michael Beach explain how health departments can use pool inspection data to improve aquatic health and safety.

New CDC Study on Food Allergies and Restaurants - Read the plain language summary of this study, including CDC recommendations to help restaurants reduce the risk of food allergic reactions. Check out the full article about this study in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Using the National Environmental Assessment Reporting System (NEARS) To Enhance Foodborne Illness Outbreak Investigations in New York City (NYC) Restaurants. [PDF - 224 KB] - Foodborne illness outbreak investigations identify and correct the environmental cause(s) of the outbreak so more people do not become ill. In this column, guest authors from the NYC Health Department explain how CDC’s NEARS provides tools for data collection and reporting to assist health departments with identifying causes of outbreaks in their communities.

Food Safety Study Plain Language Summaries - Read plain language summaries of food safety studies and recommendations from our Environmental Health Specialists Network.

Replay of NEARS Webinar for Food Safety Programs - This webinar replay provides a brief overview and background of NEARS and success stories from two of the 23 agencies currently participating.

March 5-11 Is National Groundwater Awareness Week - Explore videos, posters, and other tools developed by grantees of CDC’s Safe Water for Community Health (Safe WATCH) program to reduce exposures from private wells.

CDC Takes Action to Improve the Reporting of Environmental Assessment Data During Foodborne Illness Outbreak Investigations. [PDF - 371 KB] - Environmental assessments are an essential component of foodborne illness outbreak investigations. In this article, CDC’s Erik Coleman discusses NEARS, a surveillance system that collects environmental assessment data from outbreak investigations.

Vector Control for Environmental Health Professionals (VCEHP) - Register today for our new online training on using integrated pest management (IPM) to control vectors that spread pathogens, including Zika virus.

Understanding the Needs, Challenges, Opportunities, Vision, and Emerging Roles in Environmental Health (UNCOVER EH) - Sign up to be the first to know when this landmark survey is available for environmental health professionals of all levels.

Register for the Next Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) Network Webinar on Mar. 21 - "Understanding and Applying Lifeguard/Bather Supervision and Operational Entries in the MAHC" on Tuesday, Mar. 21, 1-2 pm EST. Also, check out previous webinars in the archive. Sign up for the MAHC Network, so you don’t miss out!

Legionnaires’ Disease Health Report - Read this new report about a 2015 outbreak associated with cooling towers in New York City.

EH Fact Sheets - Check out our latest fact sheets on our Food Safety Studies [PDF - 151 KB] and new Vector Control Training [PDF - 193 KB].

Sign Up Today for the MAHC Network Webinar on Jan 17 at 1 PM EST - This bimonthly webinar will feature an overview of Washington State’s approach to regulating floatation tanks.

Environmental Health Summer Internships - Apply now through Feb 3 for SUPEH and other environmental health internship opportunities.

Using PACE EH To Identify Needs in South Gate, CA - Read how one community is addressing EH needs with CDC’s Protocol for Assessing Community Excellence in Environmental Health (PACE EH).

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

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