Your Health – Your Environment Blog Posts

Twenty Years of the Laboratory Response Network

Jonas Perez, chemist, Division of Laboratory Sciences

  What do chemical spills, the opioid epidemic, Zika, and potential safety threats at the Super Bowl have in common? They are examples of public health emergencies that CDC and local and state laboratory partners prepared for and responded to during the last 20 years. 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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To Stop and Prevent Food Outbreaks with Environmental Assessments

Businesspeople Working On Laptop In Boardroom

Jackie Jones*, a recent university graduate who majored in environmental health, just started a job as the new food safety specialist at Hillside County Health Department. Rick, her manager, seemed happy she was there. “We had a new policy come down from the state that said we had to conduct environmental assessments on all reported Read More >

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20 Years of Milestones in Children’s Environmental Health

Protecting Kids from Environmental Exposure

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSU). PEHSU is a national network of clinical environmental health specialists that work with healthcare professionals, parents, schools, community groups, government officials, and policy makers to provide medical advice on exposure to hazardous substances in the environment affecting reproductive and child health Read More >

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Plain Language Past and Present, Part II


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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Meet Dr. Rudolph (Rudy) Johnson, Chief, Emergency Response Branch, Division of Laboratory Sciences at CDC

Photo courtesy of Dr. Rudy Johnson

“Everyone has something that I need to know.” Originally from Detroit, Rudy is a 4th generation public servant. He grew up moving with his family every 3 years, ending up in Atlanta where his father worked for and retired from the Internal Revenue Service, right next door to where Rudy now works. Read More >

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Protect Your Hearing This Summer and Year Round!

Getting ready for 4th

The National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) at CDC encourages you to show off your noise cancelling earmuffs while participating in noisy activities this summer. Snap a photo of yourself, your family, and your friends, and share on social media. Be certain to tag your photo to #SafeHearingSelfie. Read More >

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ATSDR in the Community

ATSDR in the Community

The community is always at the heart of ATSDR’s public health activities—from resident petitions and personal interviews to community meetings, workshops, and health fairs. Read More >

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Public Health Organizations Work Together to Stop Childhood Lead Poisoning

Enviornmental exposure questions?

There are no safe blood lead levels in children. About half a million U.S. children ages 1-5 have blood lead levels above 5 micrograms per deciliter (µg/dL), the reference level at which CDC recommends public health actions be initiated. Read More >

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May is Better Hearing and Speech Month

On Friday, May 17, 2019, Anne Schuchat, MD, BA, CDC’s Principal Deputy Director, Yulia Carroll, MD, PhD, Senior Medical Officer and John Eichwald, MA of CDC’s Noise-Induced Hearing Loss Program, participated in a photo session to commemorate Better Hearing and Speech Month. The occasion was also to acknowledge the accomplishments of Kelly Culhane, Miami Palmetto Read More >

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