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

Quick links to EHS spotlight and news articles by year: 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011.

2017 Archived News Items

Can Restaurant Managers Talk with Sick Workers? 3 Things Restaurant Managers Need To Know – Managers need to know if their workers are sick so they can decide if they should handle food. Do the Food Code, HIPAA, and ADA address the topic? Read our new fact sheet [PDF – 175 KB] to find out!

Food Safety Program Successes in Providing the 10 Essential Environmental Public Health Services [PDF – 247 KB] – Most state and local health departments in the United States have food safety programs that deliver important services. In this column, CDC’s Francoise Tete, Laura Brown, and CDR Justin Gerding discuss a recent survey of local and state food safety programs to learn about how they apply the 10 Essential Environmental Public Health Services.

Success Stories From CDC’s Safe Water for Community Health Grantees [PDF – 318 KB] – CDC’s Safe Water for Community Health (Safe WATCH) program helps state and county health agencies improve their safe drinking water programs for household wells. In this column, CDC’s Brian Hubbard discusses grantee success stories from the first year of the Safe WATCH.

New Environmental Health Training in Emergency Response (EHTER) Course – CDC’s popular awareness-level course has been revamped in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC)Vote on the Code at the 2017 Biennial Conference in Colorado on October 17-18, 2017. Proposed changes to the Model Aquatic Health Code will be discussed and debated. If you can’t attend, you can still participate! Join CMAHC and hear all sides of the discussion via FREE virtual streaming to help inform your voting after the conference ends.

Factors that Contribute to Outbreaks of Foodborne Illness – Explore our new fact sheet of findings and recommendations based on data from nearly 300 outbreaks reported to CDC’s National Environmental Assessment Reporting System (NEARS).

Infographic on Contributing Factors – Learn about the top 4 contributing factors to foodborne illness outbreaks in restaurants.

September Is National Food Safety Education Month – Improve your outbreak investigations with our new resources on contributing factors and NEARS, our National Environmental Assessment Reporting System.

Food Safety Innovations in Federal Guidelines [PDF – 402 KB] – The Food Service Guidelines for Federal Facilities apply to concession and vending operations at federal facilities. In this column, CDC fellows Lauren Lipcsei and Taylor Radke discuss how innovative criteria could further reduce the risk of foodborne illness in federal foodservice operations.

Understanding the Needs, Challenges, Opportunities, Vision, and Emerging Roles in Environmental Health [PDF – 208 KB] – Recent public health crises are examples of diseases and events requiring a response from a prepared, sufficient, and equipped environmental health (EH) workforce. In this column, CDC’s CDR Justin Gerding and partners from NEHA and Baylor University describe an initiative to understand EH professional demographics, education and training, experience, areas of practice, and current and future needs.

Mosquito Season Is Upon Us: CDC’s New Vector Control Training Can Help – Read this blog from the Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists to learn about a new training from CDC and partners, </nceh/ehs/elearn/vcehp.html”>Vector Control for Environmental Health Professionals.

CDC Vital Signs: Legionnaires’ Disease and Health Care Facilities – Explore CDC’s Vital Signs on Legionnaires’ disease (LD) and health care facilities, which includes a practical guide for developing a LD water management program, infographic fact sheet, and more.

Tools To Drive Quality Improvement of Vector Control Services. [PDF – 624 KB] – Quality improvement efforts are important for increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of environmental health programs and activities. In this column, LCDR Justin Gerding from CDC and Vanessa Lamers from the Public Health Foundation discuss how a population health driver diagram can capture and detail specific activities to address community health objectives.

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).

2016 Archived News Items

New Environmental Health (EH) Workforce Assessment – Learn about our initiative (UNCOVER EH) with the National Environmental Health Association and Baylor University to assess the current state and future trends in environmental health.

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

NCEH Blog on Ill Food Workers – Read this blog about preventing sick restaurant workers from working, which is critical to reducing foodborne illnesses and outbreaks.

Webinar on Lessons Learned from Mass Chlorine Exposures at Recreational Swimming Pools – View the November webinar from the Model Aquatic Health Code Network.

CMAHC Seeking Committee Volunteers – Apply by Nov. 11 to lend your recreational water expertise to improve the health and safety of pools!

NEHA Recruiting Health Departments To Host Interns – Does your health department need help next summer? Apply by Dec. 1 to host an environmental health intern from an accredited program. Watch a video featuring past interns.

EH2O Recreational Waters Virtual Conference – Join in on Jan. 18-19, 2017! Topics include the Model Aquatic Health Code, research on aquatic facilities, new technologies in recreational water, and more.

New Study on Restaurant-Associated Outbreaks – Food workers are a main cause of foodborne disease outbreaks in restaurants. Read about the sources and causes of these outbreaks based on 15 years of data reported to CDC.

EPA Webinar on Protecting Students from Mosquitoes and the Zika Virus at School – Learn about mosquitoes of concern to schools, interim CDC guidance for schools on Zika virus, and what a school district in Florida is doing to reduce mosquito populations.

A Performance Management Initiative for Local Health Department Vector Control Programs – Read the article about an adaptable process for assessing and improving the performance of your vector control program.

History, Mystery, and Discovery: 40 Years of Legionnaires’ Disease – It’s not too late to view the archived webinar! Scientists discuss experiences from early investigations, how they solved the 2015 Legionnaires’ disease outbreak in New York City, and more insights from the 40-year history of this disease.

Watch the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) Network’s Most Popular Webinar Yet – The September webinar featured representatives from Neptune Benson, Great Wolf Resorts, and YMCA discussing the industry’s perspective on the MAHC. Visit the MAHC Network webpage for more archived webinars and to become a member.

New Blog about CDC’s Updated Pool Code Guidance – Learn about the 2016 MAHC and tools for pool programs in this post by the Council for State and Territorial Epidemiologists.

September Is National Food Safety Education Month – Find free food safety resources for environmental health practitioners, including research, training, infographics, and reports.

New Study on What Restaurant Staff Think about Food Allergies – Our Environmental Health Specialist Network (EHS-Net) study found that restaurant staff were familiar with food allergies and had positive attitudes about accommodating customers with food allergies. However, we found important gaps.

New Study on Microwave Cooking Practices in Restaurants – CDC EHS-Net grantee in Minnesota examined microwave cooking practices of restaurants and other food service establishments in their state.

National Environmental Assessment Reporting System (NEARS) Summary Report [PDF – 445 KB] – Our first NEARS Summary Report provides information on outbreak characteristics, investigations, primary agents, contributing factors, and establishment characteristics. This information is useful for learning about how outbreaks occur and how to prevent them in the future.

Assessing Food Service Regulations and the Correlation with Prevention of Norovirus Outbreaks – A new article in the Journal of Food Protection examines state adoption of key Food Code provisions and their correlation with norovirus outbreaks.

Infographic on Kitchen Manager Certification [PDF – 379 KB] – Learn how certified kitchen managers can improve restaurant food safety and save money.

2016 Model Aquatic Health Code Released – This second edition of the MAHC includes important updates to the first edition released in 2014. The 2016 MAHC includes structural changes, clarifying edits, and new or revised provisions in the areas of disinfection and water quality, lifeguarding and bather supervision, risk management and safety, and ventilation and air quality.

Legionnaires’ Disease Resources for Environmental Health Professionals – Explore Legionella resources for environmental health practitioners, including a Vital Signs report and infographic, environmental sampling videos, toolkit for developing a water management plan, and more.

CDC Vital Signs Report: Legionnaires’ Disease on the Rise – Environmental health expertise is key to preventing Legionnaires’ disease and responding to outbreaks. In this Vital Signs, new tools and information are available for environmental health professionals to help local building owners and managers carry out Legionella water management programs based on newly published standards. These tools include a practical guide for developing a Legionella water management program, infographic fact sheet, and more.

Safe Water for Community Health (Safe WATCH) – About 1 in 9 American residents get their drinking water from a private well, and about 1 in 5 sampled private wells were found to be contaminated at levels considered unsafe. CDC encourages health departments to strengthen and improve their drinking water programs to keep communities safe. Our new drinking water improvement program has steps to improve your drinking water program and free tools and resources to help.

Register Today for the Next Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) Network Webinar – This bimonthly webinar will be Tuesday, May 17, at 1:00 pm EDT. The topic for this webinar is “Considering MAHC Adoption: First Steps” featuring guest speaker Jim Rada, Director of Environmental Health Services for Jefferson County Public Health, Colorado. The MAHC Network is a community for MAHC users, subject-matter experts, and those hoping to learn about the code.

Healthy and Safe Swimming Week Toolkit – Swim season is right around the corner, and so is Healthy and Safe Swimming Week (May 23- 29). Get an early peek at CDC’s toolkit for this observance and make this summer the healthiest swim season yet.

New CDC Study: How Often Retail Delis Clean Their Slicers – What percentage of delis clean their slicers as often as FDA recommends to prevent germs from spreading? Check out our new study, published in CDC’s latest Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, and our plain language summary to find out!

EHS Resources Organized by 10 Essential Services – We are excited to announce our latest addition to the EHS website! Find tools here to help your program fill performance gaps and contribute to larger performance improvement efforts such as voluntary public health accreditation.

EEK: Vectors and Public Health Pests Virtual Conference – Registration is OPEN! This free conference (April 13-14) is brought to you by National Environmental Health Association and sponsored by CDC. Conference topics include rodents, ticks, mosquitoes, and bed bugs; integrated pest management; emerging vectors and vectorborne diseases; new technologies in vector and pest control; climate change and vectors; lessons learned; inspection successes; and stories from the field. Register Today!

CDC Report Highlights State Food Safety Practices – These reports highlight the status of state public health policies and practices designed to impact important public health issues, including food safety. Read the reports and check out the new food safety indicator on state adoption of selected foodborne disease-related provisions from the 2013 Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Code.

Rodent Control Program ProfilesRead these profiles describing best practices, challenges, and technical assistance needs of local rodent control programs (produced in collaboration with the National Association of County and City Health Officials).

Preventing Foodborne Illness InfographicDownload our new infographic [PDF – 2 MB] to learn how we help prevent foodborne illness outbreaks by understanding the environmental factors contributing to them. Note: This infographic has been revised to clarify and improve one of the graphics.

Acute Gastroenteritis Illness on Cruise Ships – The rate of acute gastroenteritis (AGE) illness on cruise ships has decreased over time, yet people often associate cruise ships with these illnesses. Read more from CDC’s Vessel Sanitation Program in a new MMWR article or on VSP’s companion webpage.

Community Environmental Health Activism in South Gate, Los Angeles County, CA – Recently, the community of South Gate, California, used the Protocol for Assessing Community Excellence in Environmental Health to identify environmental health issues and take action to address them. This blog post discusses the outcome of this assessment and how the local community is responding.

e-learning on Environmental Assessments of Foodborne Illness Outbreaks – 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.

Legionella Website with Videos & Other Outbreak Resources – CDC has developed a number of resources on this website to help health departments investigate legionellosis outbreaks in their area, including 6 short environmental investigation videos, an environmental assessment form, sampling procedures, and other Legionella outbreak investigation resources for health departments. Also, check out December 2015’s JEH cover story, Legionnaire’s Disease Outbreak at a Long-Term Care Facility [PDF – 689 KB] , for more information on a recent outbreak and how investigators resolved the situation.

Summer Program in Environmental Health (SUPEH) – SUPEH is a paid 10-week internship for students majoring in environmental health in a program accredited by the National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council (EHAC). Interns gain environmental health experience and an understanding of environmental health work at the local, state, tribal, and federal levels.

Enhancing Environmental Health Knowledge (EEK): Vectors & Public Health Pests Virtual Conference – Join other environmental health professionals for this virtual conference sponsored by the National Environmental Health Association with support from CDC’s Environmental Health Services Branch.

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2015 Archived News Items

Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC) Vote on the Code – The conference may be over, but the voting process is just beginning! CMAHC members can submit their votes from November 21 through December 20. To learn how to become a member of the CMAHC, visit their website.

Keeping Cool Under Pressure: NYC Legionnaires’ Disease Outbreak, Summer 2015 – This blog post discusses the work of a team of epidemiologists, laboratory scientists, and environmental health experts as they responded to this summer’s outbreak of Legionella, the largest ever recorded in New York City. In response to this outbreak, the city passed new legislation that requires registration of all cooling towers and defines maintenance standards. The collaborative efforts of public health professionals from city, state, and federal agencies made it possible for this outbreak to be identified, solved, and contained as quickly as possible. CDC’s Environmental Health Services Branch was instrumental in the environmental investigation.

EHS Support to Identify & Address Root Causes of Foodborne Illness – CDC works with health departments to investigate environmental factors that contribute to foodborne illness outbreaks in restaurants, delis, and other retail food outlets. This page includes information about new health department funding to identify and address the root causes of foodborne illness in restaurants under RFA-EH-15-001.

Join Us for VOTE ON THE CODE Biennial Conference to Update the Model Aquatic Health Code – CDC invites you to join the Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC) as a member and participate in person or online in the Vote on the Code Biennial Conference on October 6–7. Your expertise drives updates to the Model Aquatic Health Code.

The Role of Environmental Health Programs in Public Health Accreditation – The National Association of County and City Health Officials, with funding from EHSB, interviewed local health departments about the steps they take and types of environmental public health documentation they used in seeking accreditation from the Public Health Accreditation Board. This free, 2-page PDF shares the results, lessons learned, and best practice recommendations.

Groundwater Protection – This page includes resources for environmental health practitioners on groundwater protection.

Food Safety Resources for Environmental Health – Address environmental causes of foodborne illnesses with our new webpage bringing together all of CDC’s food safety resources for environmental health practitioners.

E-Learning on Environmental Assessment of Foodborne Illness Outbreaks – Practice skills in an interactive virtual environment and learn to conduct environmental assessments as part of outbreak investigations. Also, watch our video about this innovative training!

Food Safety Centers of Excellence – Six state health departments and their academic partners are providing in-person and online resources, training, and assistance in tracking foodborne illness and investigating outbreaks. This assistance is designed to strengthen foodborne illness surveillance and improve food safety in your community.

Model Aquatic Health Code Provides Guidance on Aquatic Facility Safety – This blog post by the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) discusses how the Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code maintains and updates the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC).

Register Today – Free Webinar on States’ Role in Updating Pool Safety Codes on Friday, May 22 – Join CDC, industry, and state health officials for this free webinar on the Model Aquatic Health Code as a tool for state programs. Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/519155671522169601.

2015 Sapphire Award Honoree – Congratulations to Florida’s Department of Health in Indian River for their use of the Protocol for Assessing Community Excellence in Environmental Health to make a “significant, positive impact on health-related outcomes for Florida’s at-risk people and communities.”

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.

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.

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.

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.

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2014 Archived News Items

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.

Irrigation Water Issues Potentially Related to 2006 Multistate E. coli Outbreak on Spinach – In 2006, a restaurant chain received spinach contaminated with E. coli, which made many people ill. Environmental health investigators traced the spinach back to one farm’s irrigation system.

Vector Control Program Performance Improvement – Information about CDC funding to support performance assessment and improvement at vector control programs provided by state, tribal, local, and territorial public health departments.

Hear from EHS’ Martin Kalis and Rob Blake and others about how the food industry can best prepare for the next natural disaster before it strikes in Lessons Learned: Food Safety Preparedness before the Next Natural Disaster.

September Is National Food Safety Education Month – Links to EHS and CDC resources for environmental health practitioners related to foodborne illness and food safety.

SepticSmart Week Is September 22-26, 2014 – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) SepticSmart initiative is a nationwide public education effort to tell homeowners about the importance of properly maintaining their septic systems. Visit the EPA SepticSmart webpage for tools to help promote homeowner education and awareness.

First edition of the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) – The first edition of the MAHC launched August 29, 2014. States and localities can use the MAHC to make swimming and other water activities healthier and safer. Check out the MAHC code; the annex with scientific explanations; and materials including the MAHC fact sheet, infographic, and web button.

New Blog on Integrated Pest Management – Vince Radke talks about EHS’ integrated pest management program. EHS works with state and county health officials to control pests in restaurants. Information these officials learn through EHS’ programs is typically passed on to others in the restaurant industry.

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever Rodeo Project – In 2012, CDC began working in Arizona to control Rocky Mountain spotted fever after an outbreak of the vectorborne disease. CDC’s National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases led the overall agency response, and EHS helped develop and implement an integrated pest management system to control the disease-transmitting ticks that were spread by the community dogs.

Recreational Water Illness and Injury Prevention Week 2014 – The week before the start of the summer swim season is Recreational Water Illness and Injury (RWII) Prevention Week (May 19–25, 2014). Each year, RWII Prevention Week focuses on simple steps swimmers and pool operators can take to help ensure a healthy and safe swimming experience for everyone.

CDC’s New Environmental Health Tools to Improve Food Safety – Information on new training and new surveillance system to advance the use of environmental assessments during foodborne illness outbreak investigations.

Flood Safety Awareness Week 2014 – Links to EHS and CDC resources for environmental health practitioners related to flood safety and response.

Groundwater: Resources for EH Practitioners – Links to EHS, CDC, and other resources for environmental health practitioners related to groundwater.

Training Course: Biology and Control of Vectors and Public Health Pests – EHSB offers its popular course, Biology and Control of Vectors and Public Health Pests: The Importance of Integrated Pest Management at NCEH on February 11–13, 2014.

EHS-Net Food Safety Articles – Links to four new publications on restaurant food handling practices that have been linked with foodborne illness outbreaks in restaurant settings.

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2013 Archived News Items

Summer Internship with Environmental Health Services – Applications are now being accepted for a 10-week summer environmental internship.

Children’s Environmental Health – Links to EHS, CDC, and other resources for environmental health practitioners related to children’s environmental health.

New Model Pool Code Video – Check out a new short video on the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) as a tool to prevent outbreaks, drowning, and chemical poisoning.

Floods: Resources for EH Practitioners – Links to EHS and CDC resources for environmental health practitioners on flood response.

Environmental Health Award Winners [PDF – 96 KB] – The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) honored staff from CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health at the 77th annual NEHA educational conference on July 9-11, 2013, in Washington, DC.

Protect Your Groundwater Day – Links to EHS, CDC, and other resources for environmental health practitioners related to foodborne illness and food safety.

September Is National Food Safety Education Month – Links to EHS and CDC resources for environmental health practitioners related to foodborne illness and food safety.

Natural Disasters: Resources for EH Practitioners – Links to EHS and CDC resources for environmental health practitioners on disaster preparedness and response.

Outbreak of Cryptosporidiosis Associated with a Manmade Chlorinated Lake–Tarrant County, Texas, 2008 [PDF – 317 KB] – Article highlighting the importance of close cooperation among epidemiology, laboratory, and environmental health colleagues in response to recreational water illness outbreaks.

Sign Up Today: EH Training in Emergency Response Course – Sign up today for the condensed version of the EHTER Awareness Level course for environmental health professionals. The July 7-8 course provides an overview of the environmental health roles and responsibilities, issues, and challenges faced during emergency preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation.

Also at NEHA: Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) – Join CDC and partners on July 8 at the National Environmental Health Aquatic Symposium, a special preconference at this year’s NEHA conference.

Restaurant Safety: What You Should Know – Going out to eat? Keep these things in mind when choosing the right restaurant for you and your family.

Natural Disasters: Resources for EH Practitioners – Links to EHS and CDC resources for environmental health practitioners on disaster preparedness and response.

Outbreak of Cryptosporidiosis Associated with a Manmade Chlorinated Lake–Tarrant County, Texas, 2008 [PDF – 317 KB] – In 2008, clusters of laboratory-confirmed cryptosporidiosis cases and reports of gastrointestinal illness in persons who visited a lake were reported to Tarrant County Public Health. The resulting investigation highlights the importance of close cooperation among epidemiology, laboratory, and environmental health colleagues in response to recreational water illness outbreaks.

EHS Feature News page on Recreational Water Illness and Injury (RWII) Prevention Week — May 20–26, 2013 – Twitter chat (May 22, 2013) and new healthy swimming data and environmental health materials related to healthy swimming.

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Be the first to know CDC’s latest recommendations for aquatic venues! Join CDC and partners for the release of the first edition of the Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) for final public comment.

EHS-Net Plain Language Summary on Restaurant Food Cooling Practices – No time to read journal articles detailing EHS-Net findings? The new summary of the 2013 food cooling study highlights the study findings and recommendations.

Richard Gelting PhD, PE (CAPT, USPHS) won the CDC 2013 Engineer of the Year Award and the US Public Health Service 2013 Engineer of the Year Award earlier this year. On February 22, 2013, he was named the 2013 Federal Engineer of the Year by the National Society of Professional Engineers.

EHS-Net-Improving Restaurant Food Safety One Study at a Time [PDF – 168 KB] – Did you know that half of all foodborne illness outbreaks in the United States are associated with restaurants? CDC’s Environmental Health Specialists Network (EHS-Net) did, and since 2002, EHS-Net has conducted 15 studies on restaurant food safety.

Summer Internship with Environmental Health Services – Applications due February 13, 2013, 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.

Monitoring and Testing Module for Public Comment – This draft Model Aquatic Health Code module is open for public comment through February 10, 2013.

EHS-Net Water Safety Projects – EHS-Net’s multisite project looks at the seasonality of noncommunity water systems to understand how they provide safe drinking water and about vulnerabilities of those systems.

Restaurant Food Cooling Practices – New EHS-Net article includes quantitative data on temperature monitoring practices; refrigeration cooling practices, and cooling food temperatures.

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2012 Archived News Items

EHS Feature News page on Floods: Resources for EH Practitioners – Links to EHS and CDC resources for environmental health practitioners on flood response.

EHS Feature News page on Natural Disasters: Resources for EH Practitioners – Resources for environmental health practitioners on disaster preparedness and response.

EHS Feature News page on Recreational Water Illness and Injury (RWII) Prevention Week — May 21–27, 2012 – Environmental health materials related to Healthy Swimming.

Disinfection and Water Quality Module for Public Review and Comment – Draft Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) module is open for public comment through April 27, 2012.

2011 Archived News Items

Environmental Health Training in Emergency Response (EHTER) – Read about how EHTER prepares environmental health workers for emergency response.

Guidance on Microbial Contamination in Previously Flooded Outdoor Areas – This guidance was developed for public health authorities, emergency response managers, and government decision makers. It defines how to assess the public health risks for using outdoor areas after a flood event where potential exposure to microbial contamination exists.

When Every Drop Counts: Protecting Public Health During Drought Conditions—A Guide for Public Health Professionals – Publication to assist public health officials, practitioners, and other stakeholders in their efforts to understand and prepare for drought in their communities.

Free Environmental Public Health Online Courses (EPHOC) – Courses are taught by environmental public health subject-matter experts from across the country. Fourteen courses are now available for REHS/RS credit!

Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute (EPHLI) Projects Available

National Environmental Assessment Reporting System (NEARS) – Food-safety programs can now access NEARS and pilot its use for foodborne illness outbreak environmental assessment reporting.

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