Category: National Center for Environmental Health

Martin Luther King Jr. and Environmental Justice: A Leader Ahead of His Time

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Every year we celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his work toward social justice, civil liberties, and equal rights for all. His actions, including civil disobedience and passive resistance, led to widely known legal achievements such as the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Might 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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Environmental Public Health Quiz

CDC’s Climate and Health Program celebrates 10 years

How much do you know about environmental health? Can your environment make you sick? You may immediately think of illnesses caused by exposure to harmful substances like lead or carbon monoxide. But have you considered environmental health threats like food-borne illnesses or loud noises? When you think about it, harmful exposures anywhere in your environment Read More >

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October is “National Protect Your Hearing Month.”

Are you the only one who's hearing that ringing?

Did you know that …? Repeated exposure to loud noise over the years can damage your hearing—long after exposure has stopped. Read More >

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Plain Language Past and Present, Part III: Award Winners

OCC safety

Plain Language Past and Present is a three-part blog series highlighting some of the interesting early efforts and events that championed the cause, long before 2010’s Plain Writing Act made it law. Part I examined John O’Hayre’s 1966 Gobbledygook Has Gotta Go, and underscored how overly formal, complex language can make writing wordy, pretentious, incomprehensible—or Read More >

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Fireworks Safety Month!

Fireworks Safety Month

The National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) at CDC supports #Fireworks Safety Month and recommends the use of hearing protection devices while participating in noisy activities this summer. Below are some examples of noisy activities Watching summer fireworks on the 4th of July Mowing the lawn Using a gas-powered lawn edger to manicure the lawn 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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Plain Language Past and Present, Part II

simplify

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.”

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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Three Tips for Choosing the Right Hearing Protector

earplugs

We live in a noisy world. Some noises can damage our hearing, leading to hearing loss, tinnitus (ringing in the ears), and difficulty communicating especially in background noise. Permanent noise-induced hearing damage is incurable. Read More >

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