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Environmental Health


icon_ehEnvironmental 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

Looking for Trouble: Seeing Eye to Eye with Health Inspectors is a report on U.S. aquatic venue inspections, findings, and recommendations. Produced in partnership with Axial Corporation's Water Treatment Products Group, details the comprehensive survey NACCHO recently conducted of aquatic health officials across the United States. The survey explored officials' protocols and experiences in inspecting recreational water facilities. Three-hundred local health departments participated in the survey, and notable results identify the types of aquatic venues with the highest turnover rates and the highest number of violations.   More »

New CDC Resource

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched the nation’s first voluntary guidelines based on science and best practices for improving health and safety at swimming pools and other aquatic venues: The Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) 1st Edition. States and localities can use the MAHC to create or update existing pool codes to reduce risk for outbreaks, drowning, and pool-chemical injuries.

The MAHC 1st Edition is a product of seven years of work, involving a steering committee, 12 technical committees, 140 people, and input and consensus from public health, aquatics, and academia. Click on more for additional information. More »

Environmental Health Model and Promising Practices Feature
Nassau County Department of Health Residential Development Protection Program Ensures Health of New Development
The Nassau County Department of Health in New York was honored with a 2014 Model Practices award for its Environmental Health Residential Development Protection Program. The program helps to ensure that residential developments are constructed in a way that protects both the public health and the environment. Nassau County has a history of being severely impacted by hazardous industrial, commercial, and residential waste, and so the program ensures new developments are served by an approved public water supply, and sewage collection or on-site disposal facilities. The program has been successfully serving nearly 100 projects and 5,000 housing units over the last 10 years. Visit the Model Practices Database for more exceptional LHD practices.    More »