New EHS Spotlight Features:
National Groundwater Awareness Week,
Food and Water Publications and Tools,
Modeling Health Impacts of Transportation Built Environment
March 8-14 is National Groundwater Awareness Week – Explore our 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.
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.
National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) Calls for an Increased Focus on Improved Recreational Water Safety – 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 CDC 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 – 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.
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