Uncover EH: Uncovering Environmental Health

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Emerging Roles in Environmental Health (UNCOVER EH)

UNCOVER EH is a national research initiative between NEHA, the CDC and Baylor University to learn more about the environmental health (EH) profession through an online survey and in-person workshops of EH professionals working at public health departments. 

​Survey Report coming Summer 2018!


Why are we doing this?

  • Efforts of EH professionals are critical for protecting public health and the environment, yet these efforts often go unnoticed until problems occur (e.g., foodborne outbreaks, vector borne diseases, contaminated water supplies, disasters).
  • To understand the complexity of emerging EH issues and reported impacts to health department capacity, we need to hear directly from EH professionals.
  • Given the importance of EH to ensure healthy communities, it is very critical to understand the EH workforce and the challenges it faces to provide solutions to these needs.

What are the benefits?

  • An initiative of this magnitude will result in unprecedented and comprehensive documentation of the critical functions performed by environmental health professionals across all levels of government.
  • A national-level report will provide a foundation for leaders and decision makers to make evidence-based decisions regarding workforce capacity and public health safety for their communities.
  • Additionally, this information can serve as tool to plan future EH training needs and to better understand emerging EH issues within their local jurisdictions. 
  • Results of the study will be shared within non-governmental organizations, private industry, and other sectors with environmental and public health interests.

How will we survey EH professionals?

  • Initially a web-based survey will be sent to EH professionals to collect information about demographics, characteristics, practice areas, and major challenges.
  • Then regional workshops with up to 25 EH professionals will be held to discuss in detail the survey results and identified challenges and emerging issues.
  • This initiative is currently focused on EH professionals working at health departments.
    Opportunities to expand the survey to include EH professionals at other governmental agencies, non-governmental agencies, and private industry will be explored in the future.

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Thank You for Your Participation!

It is essential to the success of this initiative and ensuring that a broad audience of EH professionals receive and respond to the survey.
Thank you for participating and for helping spread the word about this important study. 


Read the UNCOVER EH Column published in the July/August 2017 Journal of Environmental Health

For questions or additional information about UNCOVER EH, please contact programs@neha.org


CDC Partner Information: https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/ehs/news/features/2016/uncover-eh.html