July/August 2023: Direct From CDC/Environmental Health Services
Volume 86, Number 1
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 of Environmental Health.
In these columns, authors from the CDC 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.
Equipping Educators to Empower Students With a Tracking Education Kit
Chad Curtiss, National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Recent findings reveal serious recruitment needs within the environmental health workforce. In addition, the public health landscape continues to evolve, with technological improvements in data collection, analysis, visualization, and dissemination. New environmental public health professionals must be equipped with the most current and best resources to help them succeed in their jobs.
The Environmental Public Health Tracking Program (Tracking Program) within the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention aims to connect environmental and health information into one place, making it accessible to anyone and easy to share. Tools are only effective, however, when they are known and used. Student education on how to use the Tracking Program tools is a step toward empowering and readying the future workforce. This month’s column highlights a new Tracking Education Kit for educators—a collection of instructor lessons featuring PowerPoint slides, an assignment bank, a questions bank, an assignment bank navigator, and an instructor guide.