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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

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 »

Health Analytics Conference

ESRI is hosting a health analytics conference in Colorado Springs from November 3-4, 2014. The conference has been reengineered to address the needs of users and those who are simply interested in GIS. At every level from novice to the most advanced analyst, the conference has presentations and technical workshops for all. The conference will showcase modernizing applications for community health, hospital administration, human services, and geomedicine. The agenda includes:

  • More than 20 breakout sessions and technical workshops,
  • 2 plenary sessions highlighting experts, and
  • Nearly 15 hours of detailed training exercises. 
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New NACCHO Report

NACCHO has released a report on the impact of budget cuts to environmental health services at local health departments (LHDs). The study surveyed a nationally representative sample of LHDs in March and April 2012 on how budget cuts changed environmental health revenue, impacted environmental health workforce, reduced and eliminated environmental health services, impacted environmental health service outcomes, and how NACCHO can support LHDs to advance the practice of environmental health by providing innovative resources to address existing and emerging issues. Click on more to access the full report. More »

Environmental Health Model and Promising Practices Feature
Salt Lake Valley Health Department's Restaurant Inspection Website Tool for Reducing Critical Violations
Salt Lake Valley Health Department (SLVHD) won a NACCHO Model Practices Award in 2013 for its restaurant inspection website. The website provides the general public with access to the county’s restaurant inspection data and aims to reduce critical violations and protect public health. The website contains a multi-field search engine in which a user can check a restaurant’s inspection score and rating and view each violation found by inspectors, the public health rationale for each violation, the actual food code verbiage for each violation, and whether or not each violation was corrected More »