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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

On August 6, NACCHO and RESOLVE held a webinar giving an overview of the draft Community Health and Shale Development Guidebook. We are asking for feedback on the current draft of the document and its usefulness for your work. Feedback will be considered until COB, September 8.

Thank you very much for assistance in improving the Guidebook! We hope it will be a valuable resource to those in the health community as well as other stakeholders.If you have any questions, please contact Dana Goodson at or 202-965-6209. More »

New NACCHO Report

NACCHO has released a report on the impact of budget cuts to environmental health services at local health departments (LHDs). The study surveyed a nationally representative sample of LHDs in March and April 2012 on how budget cuts changed environmental health revenue, impacted environmental health workforce, reduced and eliminated environmental health services, impacted environmental health service outcomes, and how NACCHO can support LHDs to advance the practice of environmental health by providing innovative resources to address existing and emerging issues. Click on more to access the full report. More »

New NACCHO Toolkit

NACCHO is pleased to announce the release of the Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) Toolkit. NACCHO’s toolkits are free, online, searchable collections of tools and resources that can be used to inform and improve communities’ work in promoting and advancing public health objectives.

The EPHT Toolkit is comprised of

  • Trainings;
  • Case examples;
  • Guides;
  • Webinars;
  • Communication materials; and
  • Reports and papers

related to building an EPHT infrastructure, communicating about what EPHT is and its value, education and training materials, and using data from the National Tracking Network to inform decision makers and other stakeholders about the linkages between environmental conditions and chronic disease. More »

Environmental Health Model and Promising Practices Feature
Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness' Environmental Health Performance Improvement /Reporting Dashboard
Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness (LMPHSW), located in Jefferson County, KY was awarded promising practice in 2014 for "Environmental Health Performance Improvement/Reporting Dashboard". LMPHSW's Environmental Health Division is tasked with regulating nearly 5000 state permitted facilities including restaurants, grocery stores, hospitals, daycares, schools, hotels, motels, swimming pools, mobile home parks, onsite wastewater treatment systems, tattoo studios, ear and body piercing studios. Prior to the implementation of their practice, they used a tedious, cumbersome and unreliable performance improvement process. To improve this process, leadership developed an environmental health program that reports automatically generate weekly and are emailed to key stakeholders. One such report allows the supervisors to see at a glance, the overall compliance for a program and the compliance for each individual geographic- inspector assigned area. By simply clicking on an area, a new report is generated;displaying the actual facilities due for an inspection. More »