September 2022: Direct From CDC/Environmental Health Services
Journal of Environmental Health (Volume 85, Number 2)
Editor's Note: The National Environmental Health Association 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 tools, resources, and guidance for environmental health practitioners. The conclusions of these columns are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position of CDC.
Data-Forward Environmental Health Food Safety Practice
Thuy N. Kim, MPH, University of Minnesota
Craig W. Hedberg, PhD, University of Minnesota
Ensuring the safety of food served in restaurants and other licensed food service establishments requires actions that cut across the 10 Essential Environmental Public Health Services. To provide these services, environmental health agencies collect and maintain a wide variety of data that can inform foodborne illness prevention and surveillance practice.
This month's column highlights how environmental health data can provide important context for effective prevention methods and drive outbreak investigations, illness prevention, and inspection practices.