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As part of NEHA's continuos effort to provide convenient access to information and resources, we have gathered together for you the links in this section. Our mission is "to advance the environmental health and protection professional for the purpose of providing a healthful environment for all,” as well as to educate and inform those outside the profession.

Extreme Heat Events (EHE) result in needless heat- related illnesses and deaths. The general public can seek respite, but vulnerable confined populations, such as those in prisons and jails, don't have that freedom. This presentation addresses the components of the "heat index," temperature and humidity, in confined spaces and the impact they can have in a court of law, especially when these localized measurements are taken into account with climate data. Explore the role EH professionals have in protecting the health of the institutionalized population during extreme heat events.

Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC

July 2015

This presentation will use Walt Disney World as a large scale example to discuss and explore the problems and pitfalls that befall water systems as they serve to provide access to clean safe water, promote responsible water use, and promote the reuse of fresh and wastewater. Compare what is required in current codes and industry standards to the programs being used in Reedy Creek Improvement District of Florida. Leave with an understanding of the synergy between EH and water conservation practices.

Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC

July 2015
Additional Topics A to Z: Wastewater

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Growing societal interest to permit animals into retail food outlets presents both risks and benefits to the dining public and consumers. This article summarizes a literature review that evaluated the associated potential public health issues related to this subject. Using the EBSCOhost research protocol and Google search engines between March 2010 and June 2011, the authors have compiled and synthesized scientific research articles, empirical scientific literature, and publicly available news media. While pets are known carriers of bacteria and parasites, among others, the relative risk associated with specific pet-human interactions in the dining public has yet to be established in a clear and consistent manner. Much of the available health-risk-factor evidence reflects pets in domestic conditions and interaction with farm animals. Special consideration is recommended for vulnerable populations such as children, asthmatics, the elderly, pregnant women, and the immunocompromised. 

December 2013
76.5 | 24-30
David T. Dyjack, DrPH, CIH, Jessica Ho, RD, Rachel Lynes, MPH, Jesse C. Bliss, MPH
Additional Topics A to Z: Food Safety

Come learn about how environmental public health (EPH) professionals can help elevate the importance of EPH programs within their health department. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from experienced peers about the connections between EPH and public health accreditation and the steps EPH professionals can take to identify types of documentation that their health department may use to help meet public health accreditation.

Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC

July 2015
Additional Topics A to Z: Workforce Development

Quality improvement is a relatively new concept for the field of environmental health. Quality improvement challenges us to adopt a culture of process improvement, to be responsive to community needs. We must improve how we do what we do, in order to better serve our communities. Join us for an interactive session challenging you to consider current processes and the future state of processes at your department. Leave with a list of potential quality improvement projects, ready for action.

Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC

July 2015
Additional Topics A to Z: Workforce Development

One agency found that Quality Improvement is not just another buzzword, but an investment in ones' program, staff, and oneself. this presentation shares the victories resulting from implementation of QI processes with the temporary event program, plan review, field inspections, training, billing and foodborne illness investigations. Leave with ideas and best practices to evaluate and improve processes at your organization.

Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC

July 2015
Additional Topics A to Z: Workforce Development

In recent years nitrogen in the environment has become a nationwide concern due to the sensitivity of many water bodies to excess nitrogen loading from many different sources, including Onsite Wastewater Systems (OWS). Complimentary to the Florida Onsite Sewage Nitrogen Reduction Strategies study, the Colorado School of Mines evaluated denitrification via subsurface via a soil treatment unit (STU). This presentation will share the rates of denitrification achieved and how to substantially increase them. See how the onsite wastewater treatment system design plays a key role in the removal of nitrogen.

Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC

July 2015
Additional Topics A to Z: Wastewater

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