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Voices from the Field featuring Candis Hunter

Categories: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), Division of Toxicology and Human Health Sciences, Sharing Our Stories, Voices from the Field

LCDR Candis M. Hunter. Photo courtesy of LCDR Candis Hunter.

LCDR Candis M. Hunter. Photo courtesy of LCDR Candis Hunter.

In this NCEH/ATSDR blog series titled “Voices from the Field,” readers gain first-hand accounts of NCEH/ATSDR staff experiences working in communities to protect public health. This post features LCDR Candis M. Hunter, a project officer and environmental epidemiologist in the Division of Toxicology and Human Health Sciences, Environmental Epidemiology Branch. Read on to learn more about her personal experience working with ATSDR’s Navajo Birth Cohort Study (NBCS).

Health Impact Assessment in Transportation Planning

Categories: Division of Emergency and Environmental Health Services, National Center for Environmental Health, Sharing Our Stories

Woman-Pushing-Stroller

It’s more than Safety

Southeast McLoughlin Boulevard (Oregon 99E), in the northwestern corner of Oregon’s Clackamas County, was designed primarily for motor vehicle traffic rather than pedestrian traffic to its auto-oriented businesses and shopping areas. McLoughlin Boulevard can be an unsafe and inhospitable environment for pedestrians and bicyclists. Not surprisingly, the local population has higher-than-county-average rates of four key transportation-related health outcomes: asthma, diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.

HCDI Influences Billion Dollar Spending

Categories: Division of Emergency and Environmental Health Services, National Center for Environmental Health, Sharing Our Stories

Couple Biking in Neighborh

CDC’s Healthy Community Design Initiative (HCDI) is a key source of federal expertise to help states and communities integrate health considerations into transportation and community planning decisions. As part of a pilot project with Nashville, Tennessee, HCDI is influencing how billions of dollars of transportation spending will occur. Keep reading to learn more about how HCDI can impact the health of millions of Americans through this project.

A Snapshot of HCDI’s Influence

  • At the local and state levels, HCDI has funded or provided technical assistance to one-quarter of the more than 300 Health Impact Assessments conducted in the United States to date.
  • At the national level, HCDI works with partners on transportation and health research initiatives.
  • At the metropolitan level, HCDI has most recently partnered with the Nashville Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) to pilot methods that integrate public health into transportation planning.

Voices from the Field: Susan McBreairty

Categories: National Center for Environmental Health, Sharing Our Stories, Voices from the Field

NCEH/ATSDR Health Communicator Susan McBreairty and, Ivan Tumbey, co-lead Ebola 101 refresh training. Photo courtesy of Susan McBreairty.

NCEH/ATSDR Health Communicator Susan McBreairty and, Ivan Tumbey, co-lead Ebola 101 refresh training. Photo courtesy of Susan McBreairty.

NCEH/ATSDR’s blog series titled “Voices from the Field” gives readers first-hand accounts of NCEH/ATSDR staff experiences working in communities to protect public health.

This post features NCEH/ATSDR Health Communication Specialist, Susan McBreairty. Read on to learn how Susan helped facilitate communication technical support for the CDC/Liberia Ebola response.

Off to Liberia!

When people ask me about my deployment to Liberia last fall, I answer without hesitation, “It was awesome.” Nevertheless, I’ve caught myself thinking, almost simultaneously, ‘That must sound awful, given the dire circumstances in which Liberians and other West Africans find themselves.’ Truly, there is much sorrow and heartbreak occurring in the countries where Ebola is not yet controlled and far from eliminated. However, this was not my first time deploying to another country. From 2005-06, I served in the US Peace Corps in Eastern Europe.

Searching for E. coli

Categories: Division of Emergency and Environmental Health Services, National Center for Environmental Health, Sharing Our Stories

Field of spinach

Field of spinach

It is 2006 and a woman lies in a hospital room suffering from severe cramps and vomiting. Her doctor has just told her that she has an Escherichia coli O157:H7 (commonly called E. coli) infection, a bacterial infection that causes serious stomach and intestinal distress and is sometimes fatal, especially in children and the elderly. She learns that contaminated spinach has been linked to an E. coli outbreak. “How could I have E. coli?” she asks. “I shop so carefully for my vegetables.”

Tracking Program Maps Radon Exposure in Washington State

Categories: Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects, National Center for Environmental Health, Sharing Our Stories, Toxic Substances

Radon Test Results in Washington State

Radon Test Results in Washington State

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), radon causes about 20,000 cases of lung cancer each year, making it the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. Radon can seep up from the ground and become trapped in buildings. The EPA recommends taking action to reduce radon in buildings that have a radon level at or above 4 picocuries per liter (pCi/L) of air. Testing is the only way to know if radon levels are high in your home or office.

GRASP Supports CDC Ebola Response

Categories: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), Division of Toxicology and Human Health Sciences, Sharing Our Stories, Voices from the Field

west-africa-outbreak

The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history— affecting multiple countries in West Africa and leaving death, despair, and devastation in its wake. Scores of professionals from around the world, including CDC staff and volunteers, are working tirelessly to stop the virus in its tracks and save lives.

Top 10 NCEH/ATSDR “Your Health, Your Environment” Blog Posts of 2014

Categories: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), Biomonitoring, Division of Emergency and Environmental Health Services, Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects, Division of Laboratory Sciences, Emergency Preparedness, Health Investigations, International Environmental Health, Meet the Scientist Blog Series, National Center for Environmental Health, Severe Weather, Sharing Our Stories, Toxic Substances, Voices from the Field

Top 10

As this year draws to a close, perhaps you’ve realized you didn’t get a chance to read all of the “Your Health, Your Environment” blog posts. To help get you into full catch-up mode,
here are the ten most popular posts of 2014:

  1. Staggering Numbers: Do You Know the Disease?
  2. Are We Getting Enough Vitamins and Nutrients?
  3. Community Health Education and Outreach in Texas
  4. What is Environmental Public Health?

CDC’s Tracking Network in Action

Categories: Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects, National Center for Environmental Health, Sharing Our Stories

Tracking

CDC’s Tracking Network continues to develop new and innovative tools to make
environmental and health connections easier to understand.

Earlier this year, CDC’s Environmental Public Health Tracking Program’s “Tracking in Action” video series won the NCEH “Excellence in Communications” award for setting itself apart from other communications products with its high-caliber production quality

Native American Heritage Month

Categories: Division of Environmental Hazards and Health Effects, National Center for Environmental Health, Sharing Our Stories, Voices from the Field

Tracking Environmental Health Data about Native Americans

“Data” is a buzzword in public health, but what does the word mean for the rest of us? Gathering data may sound like a snooze to non-scientists, but it is actually the beginning of scientific investigation. Whenever scientists and doctors are searching for the cause of a disease outbreak, data are the facts and statistics that help them find the answer.

Who Needs Data– and Why?

tracking network

Data are also essential for making decisions about actions affecting public health. They help epidemiologists (disease detectives) identify people with health problems. Data on soil, air, and water quality help them learn if environmental issues could be one of the factors contributing to those health problems. In fact, all exciting scientific investigations begin with what may seem like the tedious task of deciding what data to collect and how to collect it.

The NCEH Environmental Public Health Tracking Branch is all about data.

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