Topics A to Z

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.

Accounting for weather and atmospheric factors (temperature, humidity, wind, and smoke plumes) is critical for environmental health surveillance, but data are usually available at scales that are not compatible with health data. Using new tools, publicly available data, and open source software, weather and health data can be aggregated to meaningful scales for use by environmental health professionals. Discover how programs tracking environmental and occupational health indicators have successfully used these technologies and get a hands-on introduction to the use of these tools in your practice of EH.

 

Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC

July 2015
Additional Topics A to Z: Health Tracking

Abstract

The Food and Drug Administration recommended restaurant inspection scores change to a format that incorporated three new categories of violations: priority, priority foundation, and core. It was uncertain whether interested consumers would value the more in-depth information or become more confused. The purpose of this study was to assess consumer perception of the recommended inspection system. Data were collected from an online survey. Results showed that consumers want convenient access to the information either online or on the wall of restaurants, and some consumers do want to read inspection reports and use them in making dining decisions. Choice of restaurant inspection format did appear to change consumer understanding and perceptions about some of the violations. Results also demonstrated the importance of the words used to categorize violations.

June 2017
June 2017
79.10 | 20-25
Jooho Kim, PhD, Jing Ma, PhD, Barbara Almanza, PhD, RD

Learn how retail food regulatory programs can use the Retail Program Standards to enhance uniformity and quality of their inspection program while improving the level of service to their stakeholders. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from their peers, ask questions, and receive takeaway materials about The FDA Retail Program Standards are designed to help agencies enhance uniformity and quality of inspection programs while improving the level of service to their stakeholders. Get guidance on how to present the standards to and obtain support from upper level management. Find out how to engage staff in assessments, create strategic action plans, and integrate the plans into daily operations. Leave with a clear path forward and support and best practices from colleagues already making headway in the Standards.

 

Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC

July 2015
Jan|Feb 2014
76.6 | 48-54
Mubashir Ahmed, MBBS, MSc, Zafar Fatmi, MBBS, FCPS, Claudio J. Struchiner, Eduardo Massad, MD
Additional Topics A to Z: Hazardous Materials

Abstract

We investigated a gastrointestinal illness cluster among persons who attended a baseball tournament (>200 teams) during July 2015. We interviewed representatives of 19 teams; illness was reported among only the 9 (47%) teams that stayed at Hotel A (p < .01). We identified 55 primary cases. A case-control study demonstrated that pool exposure at Hotel A was significantly associated with illness (odds ratio: 7.3; 95% confidence interval: 3.6, 15.2). Eight out of nine (89%) stool specimens tested were positive for Cryptosporidium, with C. hominis IfA12G1 subtype identified in two specimens. The environmental health assessment detected a low free available chlorine level, and pool water tested positive for E. coli and total coliforms. A possible diarrheal contamination event, substantial hotel pool use, and use of cyanuric acid might have contributed to this outbreak and magnitude. Aquatic facilities practicing proper operation and maintenance (e.g., following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Model Aquatic Health Code) can protect the public’s health.

May 2017
May 2017
79.9 | 16-22
Mary-Margaret A. Fill, MD, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Tennessee Department of Health, Jennifer Lloyd, MSPH, Shelby County Health Department, Tamal Chakraverty, MPH, MD, CPH, Shelby County Health Department, David Sweat, MPH, Shelby County Health Department
Additional Topics A to Z: Pathogens and Outbreaks

Chuck Lichon, R.S., M.P.H., Deputy Health Officer at District Health Department #2 in Michigan, developed a Children’s Environmental Health Power Point Program with the financial assistance of the Dow Chemical Company, Midland, MI.  The Power Points are approximately 25-35 minutes in length, allowing for a presentation to be made during one classroom setting, or to be used for a community presentation, allowing time for Q & A.  Some of the topics include: Sunwise, Body Art, Household Hazardous Waste, Meth, Recreational Water, and more.  They are free to download and use for presentations in your school, health department community presentations, or for media use.  Changes in the presentations should not be made without consent from the author, and/or the NEHA Board of Directors.  

The Crystal Meth PowerPoint is available via the link listed below:   

Chuck Lichon, R.S., M.P.H.
Additional Topics A to Z: Children's Environmental Health

Decisions In The Haze. A property owner is investigating to determine the clean up necessary for polluted land from an old dry cleaner. The investigation reveals the current dry cleaning operation has significant amounts of emissions in the building, including in a Somali day care with children as young as 6 months old. The health risks are clear but the law is not. What do you do?

 

Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC

July 2015
Additional Topics A to Z: Hazards

1. Pool Operators were continuously failing on the same basic safety issues during their pool inspections.

2. We decided to move away from credential checking, and actually focus on ensuring real improvements at the pools.

3. This simple change ensured management companies focused on safety, and not teaching to pass a test.

July 2015
Additional Topics A to Z: Recreational Waters

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