Environmental health is defined as "the discipline that focuses on the health interrelationships between people and their environment, promotes human health and well-being, and fosters a safe and healthful environment."
In the Spotlight
NACCHO seeks to advance the practice of HIA among local health departments. Through support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Designing and Building Healthy Places Initiative, two to three local health departments will be provided technical assistance and funding to complete an HIA related to a transportation, land use planning, or housing project, plan, or proposal between January and June 2014. Applications will be accepted for this opportunity until Monday, December 9th, 8:00 PM ET.
December 11, 1:00 PM-2:30 PM ET
Nearly 3 million children in the US under the age of 5 spend time in a child care facility. While all states require child care facilities to be licensed, most do not require a property history, environmental site assessment, or environmental audit before obtaining a license. Many states do not even require that child care facilities test for asbestos, radon, lead paint or chemicals in their well water. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) is hosting a webinar that will explore innovative programs initiated by Connecticut and Pennsylvania that ensure safe siting of child care facilities in their states. Additionally, the webinar will share ideas to help other states implement safe daycare siting programs. Click more for additional information.
Environmental Health Services News and Features
The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) spotlights new environmental health services (EHS) resources and tools on a regular basis. Recent spotlight features includes the following:
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