Category: Division of Emergency and Environmental Health Services

Celebrating 20 years of Executive Order 12898: How far have we come and how do we create an impact in the next 20 years?

Guest post by LaToria Whitehead, PhD, Environmental Justice Officer National Center for Environmental Health Division of Emergency and Environmental Health Services February 11, 2014, marked the 20-year anniversary of former President Bill Clinton signing Executive Order 12898, a charge to all federal agencies to address disparate environmental and human health conditions in minority and low-income Read More >

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Planning Healthy Cities

Guess who’s coming to Atlanta? Five thousand urban planners who will be attending the American Planning Association’s National Planning Conference on April 26-30, 2014. What does this have to do with environmental health? Experts from NCEH’s Healthy Community Design Initiative helped plan the conference and will be presenting their expertise on the importance of considering Read More >

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What’s in the Water?

NCEH and ATSDR participate in two week-long health observances during April: National Public Health Week (April 7-13) and National Environmental Education Week (April 13-19). Both NCEH and ATSDR work to protect people from exposure to environmental public health hazards. During the next two weeks, the blog will feature a series of six posts explaining exposure Read More >

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International Environmental Health

April 7 is World Health Day. Read about the ways the National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) helps public health programs around the world. Lead poisoning in Nigeria, mercury poisoning in Peru, liver disease in Ethiopia, pesticide poisoning in Bangladesh—around the world CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) helps investigate widespread health problems like Read More >

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Tornado Safety Tips

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency (NOAA) there is no guaranteed safety during a tornado. Indeed, we must take seriously even the possibility of a tornado. Although the most violent tornadoes can level and blow away almost any house and those within it, extremely violent EF5 tornadoes are very rare. Most tornadoes are Read More >

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With Health and Justice for All

NCEH/ATSDR posts this blog in honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, January 20, 2014. An industrial plant, a truck depot, a hazardous waste site, a garbage dump—would you mind having one of these in your neighborhood? Of course you would! No one wants to live with dirty air or water, constant Read More >

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Spending the Summer at CDC

Collegiate Leaders in Environmental Health (CLEH) is a paid 10-week summer environmental internship for undergraduate students who are passionate about the environment, interested in human health, and curious about how they are linked. Applications for 2014 CLEH internships are due by January 29, 2014. See the CLEH website for application materials. Hi! I’m Celia Karp. Read More >

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Meet the Scientist: Vincent (Vince) Radke

The NCEH/ATSDR “Meet the Scientist” series provides insight into the work of NCEH/ATSDR scientists. The series also aims to give you a sense of the talented people who are working to keep you safe and secure from things in the environment that threaten our nation’s health. Read on to learn more about CDC’s only sanitarian, Read More >

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Lead Hazards in Some Holiday Toys

The holiday season is here, and that means many children will be given toys as gifts. While new toys are a holiday tradition, parents should be aware of potential lead hazards associated with toys, including toy jewelry. Review these important facts to keep your children safe this holiday season. Lead is invisible to the naked Read More >

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Get the Lead Out: National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week 2013

Joseph and Gwen Porter are so excited. For several years they have been looking for an older home they can afford. They’ve found a charming 1930s bungalow in a beautiful, tree-lined neighborhood with plenty of room for their three children. But when they read the seller’s disclosure required by law, they are surprised to learn Read More >

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