June 2020: Direct From CDC/Environmental Health Services
June 2020 Journal of Environmental Health (Volume 82, Number 10)
Editor's Note: NEHA strives to provide up-to-date and relevant information on environmental health and to build partnerships in the profession. In pursuit of these goals, we feature a column on environmental health services from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in every issue of the Journal.
In these columns, authors from CDC's Water, Food, and Environmental Health Services Branch, as well as guest authors, will share insights and information about environmental health programs, trends, issues, and resources. The conclusions of these columns are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position of CDC.
Risk Communication for Environmental Health Practitioners
Vivi Siegel, MPH, National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Environmental health practitioners have many occasions to speak with the public about concerns regarding clean water, safe food, and a healthy environment. These occasions could happen during an unexpected event or disaster—a chemical spill in the local water supply, a foodborne illness outbreak, or a hurricane with power outages. Or, it could happen in the course of a normal workday, like during a routine inspection.
Our ability to explain a situation and the risk someone is facing clearly, succinctly, and with empathy can make the difference of whether or not they are able to make the best choices for themselves and their family. This month's column highlights communications resources and trainings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that can help environmental health practitioners with these sometimes tricky conversations.