News and Features

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

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2021 News Items

Tools to Help You Write Clear Environmental Health Messagesexternal icon – Learn about CDC tools to strengthen environmental health communication and how to apply them.

Bite, Snack, Meal: A Content Strategy to Get Your Message Across and Keep Audiences Engagedexternal icon – Read how to use a “bite, snack, meal” approach to help lead your audience through your content, giving them the perfect portion to meet their information needs.

Making Data-Driven Decisions for Safe Waterexternal iconexternal icon – Learn about health departments using the 10 Essential Environmental Public Health Services to improve services for residents relying on wells and other private drinking water systems.

Environmental Assessments: An Important Part of Outbreak Investigationsexternal iconexternal icon – Learn about tools to help environmental health staff conduct environmental assessments and how environmental assessment data improve public health outcomes.

Finding a New Normal: Helping Teens Cope After Natural Disastersexternal icon – Read about CDC’s new website with videos for teens coping with the aftermath of natural disasters, including hurricanes and wildfires.

Learn how EHS-Net uses data to improve food safety practice – Review highlights from 20 years of EHS-Net research, including key findings on restaurant actions linked with food safety and how EHS-Net research has strengthened food policies and practices.

Using data to improve practice: looking back on 20 years of restaurant food safety researchexternal icon – Laura Brown reviews 20 years of Environmental Health Specialists Network (EHS-Net) research, including key findings on restaurant actions linked with food safety and how EHS-Net research has strengthened food policies and practices.

Drinking water programs play a critical role in protecting public health – Take CDC’s training for safer well water through stronger public health programs using the 10 Essential Environmental Public Health Services.

Environmental health programs have a key role in keeping drinking water healthy – Meet Dr. Candis Hunter, just one of the faces helping to fulfill CDC’s mission to detect, prevent, and control environmental health hazards in drinking water.

Dig into the Private Water Network (PWN)external icon – Join this virtual community for resources on private water issues, including a discussion forum, resources library, event calendar, webinars, and newsletters. PWN is a collaboration between CDC and National Environmental Health Association (NEHA).

New toolkit: Controlling Legionella in common sources of exposure – Use this toolkit for concise, actionable information on controlling Legionella in commonly implicated sources of Legionnaires’ disease outbreaks. All modules were developed according to ASHRAE Guideline 12-2020, CDC guidance, and other resources.

New assessment form: Legionella environmental assessment form pdf icon[PDF – 305 KB] – Use this form to document a facility’s water systems, help determine whether to conduct Legionella environmental sampling, and, if so, develop a sampling plan. This form was updated from outbreak response experiences and to align with ASHRAE Guideline 12-2020.

Training: Preventing Legionnaires’ disease – Take this training from CDC and partners on creating a water management program to reduce risk for Legionnaires’ disease. Training aligns with industry standards (ASHRAE 188) on managing risk for Legionella bacteria.

Training: Pool inspection training for environmental health professionals – Take this training to learn more about aquatic facility systems and to walk through a pool inspection using the inspection form based on CDC’s 2016 Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC).

Mini-MAHCs: Shorter, topic-specific guides from the MAHC – Use our mini-MAHC guides to address specific rec water health and safety issues like pool chemical injuries, toxic chlorine gas events, swimmer hygiene, diaper changing, and Cryptosporidium.

More about the MAHC – Learn more about the MAHC and how it can help local and state authorities and the aquatics sector make swimming and other water activities healthier and safer.

Using data to improve food safety – Why participate in the National Environmental Assessment Reporting System (NEARS)? NEARS data can help your program identify environmental causes of outbreaks, take action to reduce or prevent future outbreaks, and evaluate your program and make improvements based on established guidelines.

Public access to inspection scores can influence foodborne illness outcomesexternal icon – A new study surveyed local food safety programs and evaluated characteristics such as how they publicized inspection scores. Posting scores at restaurants led to better scores and reduced illness in some jurisdictions. Study funded through a cooperative agreement between CDC and NEHA.

Communicating effectively to overcome misinformationexternal icon – Anna Khan, Tabitha Dove, and Sarah Segerlind discuss how they used social media to get health information out to various audiences

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