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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."

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 »

New Report

Looking for trouble—Seeing Eye to Eye with Health Inspectors: A Report in U.S. Aquatic Venue Inspections, Findings, and Recommendations, a report 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 LHDs 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 »

Environmental Health Model and Promising Practices Feature
Kansas City Missouri Health Department Increases Capacity to Address Childhood Lead Poisoning
The Kansas City (MO) Health Department's Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention and Healthy Homes program was honored as a 2014 promising practice. The program, which has limited resources for a jurisdiction that stretches into the state of Kansas, developed a regional collaboration with the Center for Environmental Health at Children's Mercy Hospital and Clinics to assist families in Kansas. The program provides services in determining potential sources of lead exposure in the home, nutrition information, and case management, among other services, to help prevent further lead exposure in children. Visit the Model Practices Database for more exceptional LHD Practices.  More »