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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 »

Health Analytics Conference

ESRI is hosting a health analytics conference in Colorado Springs from November 3-4, 2014. The conference has been reengineered to address the needs of users and those who are simply interested in GIS. At every level from novice to the most advanced analyst, the conference has presentations and technical workshops for all. The conference will showcase modernizing applications for community health, hospital administration, human services, and geomedicine. The agenda includes:

  • More than 20 breakout sessions and technical workshops,
  • 2 plenary sessions highlighting experts, and
  • Nearly 15 hours of detailed training exercises. 
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Environmental Health Model and Promising Practices Feature
Ocean County Health Department Uses Mobile Outreach Vehicle to Respond to Superstorm Sandy
Ocean County Health Department (OCHD) in Toms River, NJ, was awarded promising practice in 2014 for its Superstorm Sandy Mobile Outreach Program. The program had three goals: to ensure the health and safety of first responders, to educate homeowners and contractors about the dangers of mold, and to provide easily accessible Tdap vaccine and mold information to any affected person in the county. OCHD staff visited affected towns in the mobile outreach vehicle to provide first responders with flu and Tdap vaccinations, gloves, hand sanitizer, and N95 masks; they underwent training at Rutgers University School of Public Health in order to provide education on how to combat the mold; and they continued educational programs and mobile outreach vehicle visits during the following year.   More »