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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."

NACCHO Webinar

Tuesday, April 22, 2:30–4:00 PM EDT

On Jan. 9, Freedom Industries spilled 10,000 gallons of toxic 4-methylcyclohexane methanol (MCHM) and an unknown amount of polyglycol ether (PPH), into the Elk River in West Virginia, leaving nearly 300,000 residents from nine counties without drinking water. The response to this event required the coordination of many organizations at the local, state, and federal level.

NACCHO is hosting a webinar to explore the roles of local public health, poison control, and public health laboratory officials in the response; reflect on the challenges, systems, and practices that led to the incident; and discuss ways to improve upon future responses and prevent similar incidents from occurring. More »

In the Spotlight
NACCHO Environmental Public Health Courses

NACCHO University, NACCHO's new online learning platform provides courses to help local health department staff develop their public health knowledge and competencies. Environmental health courses include Environmental Public Health Primer Overview, Climate Change and Public Health, Community Environmental Health Assessments, Environmental Public Health Performance Standards, and Working with the Media. More »

This Month's Featured Winnable Battle is Food Safety

CDC has identified reducing foodborne diseases as a winnable battle. Foodborne diseases affect tens of millions of people and kill thousands in the United States each year. For more information, facts and resources click here.

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Environmental Health E-Newsletter
NACCHO's monthly environmental health e-newsletter, The Greener Side of Local Public Health, features resources, tools, and events relevant to the environmental health professional. Sign up today to get updates on what is happening in environmental health!