Category: Division of Environmental Health Science and Practice

Emergency Preparedness

Make a plan. Build a kit. Be prepared. September is National Preparedness Month. Each year, natural disasters are becoming more frequent and intense because of climate change, urbanization, and other factors. Emergencies can happen any place, at any time. It is important to be prepared to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. When disaster Read More >

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Preventing Food Allergies in Restaurants

Many restaurants had staff who had not received training on food allergies and lacked key knowledge about allergens. Training often did not cover important information such as what to do if a customer has an allergic reaction, and staff with less experience in the restaurant had less knowledge about allergies.

When Erin and a friend stopped by a sandwich shop one Saturday a few years ago, she decided to treat herself to a lemon cookie. “I’m allergic to coconut; does the lemon cookie have coconut in it?” she asked the server taking her order. The server said no. She believed him and ordered the cookie. Read More >

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Using Data to Make Decisions and Inform Decision-Makers

Hotspot Map

Webster’s dictionary defines data as “factual information used as a basis for reasoning, discussion, or calculation.” This holds true at the La Crosse County Health Department (LCHD), an agency nestled between the Mississippi River and the bluffs of West Central Wisconsin. Here, data are a cornerstone to furthering policy and actions to improve the community’s Read More >

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

King Artur

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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Legionnaires’ Disease and Water Management Programs

Water management programs are the primary mechanism for ensuring clean water to serve a building’s occupants.

Rob Cole squints against the desert wind as he gathers his equipment and crosses the hotel parking lot. Another person diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease reported staying at this hotel. Rob, a Senior Environmental Health Specialist at Southern Nevada Health District, is investigating the case and preparing to begin a facility environmental investigation. Meanwhile in coastal Read More >

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Staying Healthy on a Cruise

VSP about inspections

The Garcia family* just booked a cruise to celebrate the college graduation of their son Angelo, and they want to make sure to have the best time possible. Mom, Tricia, has booked excursions and is double-checking her packing list to ensure they have plenty of sunscreen and clothes for their activities. Tricia excitedly shared their Read More >

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Safer Well Water through Stronger Public Health Programs

Drinking water

In a county where 42% of the residents rely on drinking water from unregulated sources, primarily private wells, educating residents on protecting their drinking water sources is a big job. Such is the case in Gaston County, North Carolina, where arsenic, manganese, and E. coli and total coliform bacteria threaten to contaminate wells, compromising the Read More >

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CDC’s Climate and Health Program Celebrating 10 Years

CDC’s Climate and Health Program celebrates 10 years

CDC’s Climate and Health Program is celebrating 10 years of supporting state, tribal, local, and territorial public health agencies as they prepare for the continuing health impacts of a changing climate. Read More >

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CDC’s National Environmental Public Health Tracking Program Celebrates 10 Years

1oth year Anniversary

CDC’s Environmental Public Health Tracking Program began with the idea that health and environmental problems are not always separate issues with unrelated solutions. Though the program began in 2002, the actual online Environmental Public Health Tracking Network launched in 2009. For the past 10 years, the Tracking Network has helped paint a clear picture of Read More >

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Reducing Risk from Wildfire Smoke

Wildfire Smoke

Wildfires are increasing in size and frequency and are making headlines. Wildfires can start suddenly and spread rapidly. If you are not in immediate danger from the fire itself, you may still be in harm’s way because these fires create huge plumes of smoke, which can travel in unpredictable directions and distances. If that smoke Read More >

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