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Environmental Health


icon_ehEnvironmental 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

Looking for Trouble: Seeing Eye to Eye with Health Inspectors is a report on U.S. aquatic venue inspections, findings, and recommendations. Produced in partnership with Axial Corporation's Water Treatment Products Group, details the comprehensive survey NACCHO recently conducted of aquatic health officials across the United States. The survey explored officials' protocols and experiences in inspecting recreational water facilities. Three-hundred local health departments participated in the survey, and notable results identify the types of aquatic venues with the highest turnover rates and the highest number of violations.   More »

Funding Opportunity

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced a new funding opportunity, "Environmental Health Services Support for Public Drinking Water Programs to Reduce Drinking Water Exposures." The funding opportunity seeks applications from state and local health departments and U.S. territories and Native American tribal public health agencies. Funding these initiatives will improve the recipients ability to identify and address drinking water program performance gaps, improve efficiency and effectiveness of drinking water programs, and to identify and reduce exposures leading to contamination of drinking water. The intended audiences of this funding opportunity are communities and populations using small drinking water systems that are not covered under the Federal Safe Drinking Water Act. Applications are due June 22. 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 »

Featured Environmental Health Model and Promising Practices
Alachua County Health Department Optimizes Well Surveillance
The Alachua County Health Department in Florida was awarded promising practice in 2015 for the regionalization of its Well Surveillance Program. The program transitioned from a fragmented to a cohesive system by performing services related to well surveillance on a larger scale. Such tasks include distributing associated health information and collecting data to help trace groundwater contamination. By making this transition, Alachua has enhanced the health protection of the community and created a more efficient and cost-effective system. Visit the Model Practices Database for more exceptional LHD practices.    More »