Giving you the tools to keep your environment safe, no matter your climate.
Environmental health focuses on the health interrelationships between people and their environment, promotes human health and well-being, and fosters a safe and healthful environment. NACCHO’s environmental health portfolio includes a number of projects that address the most pressing environmental health issues facing the world today, including climate change, food safety and security, vector-borne disease transmission, and hydraulic fracturing. NACCHO has numerous tools and resources available to help support local health departments in their environmental health initiatives.
The Essential Elements of Local Public Health provides updates and information from NACCHO’s environmental health and infectious disease portfolios, which include a range of projects that influence policy with federal decision makers and develop practice solutions that help local health departments build safe, sustainable communities. NACCHO supports local health departments in fostering a safe and healthful environment that promotes human health and well-being, in ensuring capacity to respond to and control infectious diseases, and in development of innovative tools and resources. Through advocacy and communications efforts, NACCHO works to ensure that the values and concerns of local health departments are represented within state, local, and federal agencies.
NACCHO’s Environmental Health Committee engages partners from the local to the federal level to address the environmental health issues facing the world today. The committee, which is supported by the Environmental Health Services Branch of the National Center for Environmental Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, includes members from local health departments across the United States and Canada. The group works to grow and elevate NACCHO’s environmental health program; to focus on continuous quality improvement; and to provide effective strategies and tools to address existing and emerging environmental health issues.
Throughout our outreach to Environmental Health leaders around the country, we’ve heard that there is a strong desire for a streamlined method to connect, collaborate, and share with peers in their region and similarly organized jurisdictions. This is especially true, given the reality of increasing environmental health related issues, decreasing funding, and a changing public health workforce. Previously, there has been no formal way to make such a connection.
NACCHO is addressing this by piloting a Local Environmental Health Directors & Managers Collaborative. Hosted on NACCHO’s Virtual Communities platform, the Collaborative is designed to foster a dynamic community and serve as a simple forum for sharing and discussing best practices, available resources, and innovative ideas.
NACCHO has developed numerous policy statements on environmental health issues ranging from indoor air quality to childhood lead poisoning. Policy statements can be used to shape programs and positions at the local level, provide justification for increased capacity and funding, and provide guidance on how to respond to address existing and emerging issues.