Environmental health is defined as "the discipline that focuses on the health interrelationships between people and their environment, promotes human health and well-being, and fosters a safe and healthful environment."
In the Spotlight
Environmental public health (EPH) is an important contributor to the accreditation process and many PHAB standards and measures specifically involve EPH. NACCHO, in consultation with the Center for Disease Control and Prevention , conducted a series of phone interviews as part of an assessment to learn about the steps local health departments take and types of EPH documentation used in their accreditation processes. Click more to read the summary. More »
Featured NACCHO Resource
NACCHO has launched its newest blog, Healthy People, Healthy Places: The Essential Elements of Local Public Health, a resource that helps local health departments tackle emerging environmental health and infectious disease issues. Visit the blog often for news, resources, tools, and events. The blog also features the latest updates that local health departments need to know about climate change, food safety, vector-borne diseases, water safety, and more. More »
Featured CDC Resource
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched the nation’s first voluntary guidelines based on science and best practices for improving health and safety at swimming pools and other aquatic venues: The Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) 1st Edition. States and localities can use the MAHC to create or update existing pool codes to reduce risk for outbreaks, drowning, and pool-chemical injuries.
The MAHC 1st Edition is a product of seven years of work, involving a steering committee, 12 technical committees, 140 people, and input and consensus from public health, aquatics, and academia. Click on more for additional information. More »