News and Features

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

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2020 News Items

Use CDC’s Resources to Strengthen Environmental Health Programsexternal icon – Pam Wigington and Elaine Curtiss share key data on environmental health issues and related resources to address them.

Empowered by Tracking: Using Data to Solve Public Health Problemsexternal icon – CDC’s Ann Ussery-Hall and intern Chad Curtiss discuss how tools from the Environmental Public Health Tracking Program can help EH professionals use data to make public health decisions.

Uncovering Environmental Health Needs and Opportunitiesexternal icon – CDC and guest authors discuss the UNCOVER EH initiative and what this peek into the EH workforce has already discovered.

Food Cooling Practice Improvements: Key Takeaways from 3 Food Safety Reports – Explore our new plain language summary describing findings from three articles on food cooling practices in restaurants.

Updates to National Environmental Assessment Reporting System – Use NEARS to capture environmental assessment data from foodborne illness outbreak investigations. Participants can now collect data on mobile devices, share and export assessment data, create a visual summary of data, and more.

Risk Communication for Environmental Health Practitionersexternal icon – CDC author Vivi Siegel discusses CDC’s risk communication resources to help practitioners prepare for their next emergency.

Notes from the Field: Multiple Cruise Ship Outbreaks of Norovirus Associated with Frozen Fruits and Berries—United States, 2019 – Read about a CDC cruise ship investigation that identified contaminated foods including smoothies that caused outbreaks of acute gastroenteritis in passengers.

Tools to Help Conquer the Model Aquatic Health Codeexternal icon – CDC’s Joe Laco, Brian Hubbard, and Shannon McClenahan discuss tools to help make the Model Aquatic Health Code easier to use and implement.

Legionnaires’ Disease and Water Management Programs – Read our blog to learn about CDC’s practical training on how to develop a water management program, the first line of defense to prevent the spread of Legionella.

Apply to CDC’s New Environmental Health Capacity (EHC) Funding Opportunity! – EHC is a 5-year opportunity to bolster the capacity of environmental health (EH) programs in public health departments to leverage data-driven and evidence-based approaches to detect, prevent, and control EH hazards.

New CDC Guidance to Help Safely Reopen Businesses and Buildings – Use these steps to ensure that a water system is safe to use after a prolonged shutdown to minimize the risk of Legionnaires’ disease and other diseases associated with water.

The Role of Local Environmental Health Departments in Tick-Related Activities and Servicesexternal icon – CDC’s S. Kayleigh Hall and Amy Ullman and guest authors from National Association of County and City Health Officials discuss a new report of key informant interviews on how local health departments support tick-related issues.

Groundwater Corrosivity and Lead in Private Wells – Learn about corrosive groundwater and what to do when private well owners find lead in their drinking water, including controlling mobility of lead and stopping it from leaching into drinking water.

Kitchen Manager Certification: An Important Way To Improve Restaurant Food Safety – Check out our updated infographic on the important role certified kitchen managers play in protecting food safety in restaurants.

Creating a Comprehensive Dataset of Private Wells and Well Vulnerability in New York Stateexternal icon – Guest authors from New York State discuss how they updated their private well data to identify vulnerable wells during contamination events, select study populations for surveys and pilot sampling programs, and target outreach and education efforts.

LEARN: Vector Control for Environmental Health Professionals Training – Take this training from CDC and partners to learn about using integrated pest management to address public health pests and vectors that spread pathogens, including Zika virus and others.

Public Health Department Accreditation and Environmental Public Health: A Decade of Collaborationexternal icon – CDC’s Justin Gerding and Lisa Corso and the Public Health Accreditation Board’s Kaye Bender discuss updates to current Public Health Accreditation Board standards, how environmental health professionals have been involved, and how you can play a role in the process.

Join the Environmental Health Specialists Network (EHS-Net)external icon – Apply today for a research opportunity to develop and sustain a network of public health professionals to identify practice-based priorities for retail food safety research.

Join the *NEW* Private Water Network from CDC and Partnersexternal icon – Join the virtual community, which includes a discussion forum, resources library, event calendar, webinars, and newsletters on private water issues.

Improve Water Programs with This Training – Take CDC’s training for safer well water through stronger public health programs using the 10 Essential Environmental Public Health Services.

Learn how CDC Works with Local Drinking Water Programs – Read this blog post to learn more about CDC’s Safe Water for Community Health (Safe WATCH) program.

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