JEH Column: Improving State and Local Capacity to Assess
and Manage Risks Associated with Private Drinking Water Systems,
*NEW* Preventing Foodborne Illness Outbreaks Infographic,
Legionella Website and Article,
Summer Internship Opportunities in Environmental Health
December JEH Column: Improving State and Local Capacity to Assess and Manage Risks Associated with Private Wells and Other Drinking Water Systems Not Covered by the Safe Drinking Water Act
Eleven percent of U.S. households (~35 million people) use drinking water systems that are not covered by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). In this column, Raquel Sabogal and Brian Hubbard discuss CDC’s funding initiative supporting 11 state and local grantees to improve their capacity to assess and manage risks associated with drinking water systems not covered by the SDWA. This article was published in the December 2015 issue of the Journal of Environmental Health (JEH).
NCEH has released a new, free food safety infographic! This infographic depicts the cost of foodborne illness, the unique role of environmental health in outbreak investigations, and success stories from our work. Download your own copy today, and feel free to share with your colleagues and those involved in food safety.
CDC Twitter Chat
Please join CDC for a Twitter chat on Bringing Food Safety Home for the Holidays (#CDCFoodChat) 2 to 3 p.m. EST on Wednesday, December 9.
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 this month’s JEH cover story, Legionnaire’s Disease Outbreak at a Long-Term Care Facility, for more information on a recent outbreak and how investigators resolved the situation.
Environmental Health Summer Internship Opportunities
- Summer Program in Environmental Health (SUPEH) Calling all students: Apply now through February 3 for CDC’s 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.
- National Environmental Public Health Internship ProgramCalling all health departments: Apply now through December 23 to host an intern for the National Environmental Public Health Internship Program for Summer 2016 sponsored by CDC, NEHA, and AEHAP. Students are selected from EHAC-accredited environmental health academic programs around the country. This internship is 10-weeks long and selected students will receive a stipend to cover expenses.