Category: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)

Plain Language Past and Present, Part II

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The Plain Writing Act, which requires government agencies to use plain writing in all documents, was passed in 2010—but the push to make writing clearer had been ongoing for decades. In this three-part blog series, Plain Language Past and Present, we highlight some of the interesting early efforts and events from the U.S. government website Read More >

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In Fond Memory of a Beloved and Respected Colleague, “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.”

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Chris passed away on Sunday, May 3, 2020. In tribute to him, this blog is a reposting from September 19, 2016. “I often used to feel like ‘A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court’ — an out-of-place urban planner among physicians, epidemiologists, and nurses at CDC,” says Chris Kochtitzky, an Associate Director for Program Development Read More >

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Plain Language Past and Present, Part I: The Legacy of “Gobbledygook”

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Ever been confused—or annoyed—by stuffy, stiff, hard-to-understand writing in a government document or statement? You’re not alone. For this reason, the Plain Writing Act of 2010 was passed, ordering U.S. government agencies to write in plain English. To support the law, the government created a website, https://www.plainlanguage.gov/law/, featuring guidelines, resources, and before-and-after examples. There’s also Read More >

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Renovation 101

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3 environmental health hazards to consider when you “do it yourself” You’ve probably seen this familiar home improvement storyline on TV: Homeowners are excited about knocking down walls and transforming their property into the home of their dreams when (wait for it), they run into an environmental complication that requires expert remediation. Although many homeowners Read More >

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All Hands on Deck! Geospatial mapping meets outbreak control

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The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry’s (ATSDR) Geospatial Research, Analysis, and Services Program (GRASP) and National Center for Environmental Health’s (NCEH) Vessel Sanitation Program (VSP) produced a video that explains the vital role geospatial science and technology can play in supporting cruise ship outbreak investigations. The video (All Hands on Deck!), featuring Dr. Read More >

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Welcome to CDC’s NCEH/ATSDR Clear Writing Hub!

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Part 3: Tools for writing a scientific journal article Share Your Knowledge: Write a Scientific Journal Article Our NCEH/ATSDR blog, “Your Health, Your Environment,” reaches a varied audience. Whether you want to know more about our programs, get to know our scientists, or learn something new about environmental health, you can find a post to Read More >

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World Hearing Day: March 3rd. “Don’t Let Hearing Loss Limit You.”

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What is World Hearing Day, and what is it trying to achieve? Held on March 3rd each year, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) World Hearing Day is the largest global awareness campaign on ear and hearing care. It started in 2007, at the First International Conference on Prevention and Rehabilitation of Hearing Impairment in Beijing, Read More >

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Welcome to CDC’s NCEH/ATSDR Clear Writing Hub!

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Part 2: Training and Advocacy Everybody Writes Are you a writer? Most people would quickly answer, “No!” But think about it: do you ever write any of the following? Emails or texts Complaint letters Teacher notes Condolence notes Social media posts or comments Job reports If you regularly use these common methods of communication, aren’t Read More >

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Welcome to CDC’s NCEH/ATSDR Clear Writing Hub!

Clear Writing site

CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) have long been your sources for the latest in environmental health news and information. But now they are your source for clear writing support as well! Read More >

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How much do you know about environmental health?

Air, Food, Soil and Water

How much do you know about environmental health? We’re back for another round of testing your knowledge about environmental health! Read More >

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