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NACCHO Climate Change Toolkit

Climate change is impacting the public health of our communities. We are witnessing an increase in extreme heat and precipitation events across the country. Emerging diseases like dengue fever are on the rise. Local health departments can take actions now to effectively protect their communities by preparing and responding to the health effects of climate change.

The NACCHO Climate Change Toolkit provides tools and resources to help local public health practitioners plan for and address the health effects of climate change in their jurisdictions. This toolkit contains tools and examples to help local health departments with climate change strategic planning, conducting vulnerability assessments, communicating about climate change, adapting to the effects of climate change, and more.


To learn more, access the toolkit, rate tools, or submit tools, visit here 



CDC Biomonitoring Module on National Tracking Network

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Environmental Public Health Tracking Program has added biomonitoring data derived from the CDC's National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey to the National Tracking Network. Biomonitoring data can be used to measure how common environmental chemical exposures are in groups of people, such as the U.S. population. The 11 environmental chemicals included in the module are arsenic, benzene, cadmium, chloroform, cotinine, lead, mercury, naphthalene, pyrene, toluene, and uranium. Learn more here.


EPA and DOE Tools to Determine Solar and Wind Energy Potential on Contaminated Lands

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Energy (DOE) have launched two tools that will help state and local governments, site owners, and community members identify potential solar and wind energy sites on contaminated land or underutilized sites. Click here to learn more.


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APHA and CDC Climate Change Webinar Series

The American Public Health Association (APHA) and the CDC hosted a webinar series on Climate Change: Mastering the Public Health Role. The webinar series features climate change and public health policy and practice's accomplishments, challenges, and opportunities as presented by public health leaders. Session 1 is titled "A Look at Climate Change Policy and Practice in the Public Health Sector" and Session 2 is titled "A Look at the Health Costs of Climate Change and Co-Benefits of Climate Action." To review the webinar recordings and presentations, click here.


Environmental Health Emergency Response Training

This acclaimed CDC-developed course is available for free (including meals, transportation, and lodging) for state, local, tribal, and territorial staff through a partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston, Alabama. The course will increase the level of emergency preparedness of environmental health practitioners and other emergency response personnel by providing them with the necessary knowledge, skills, and resources to address the environmental health impacts of emergencies and disasters. Get more information here


CDC Preventing Food Poisoning Feature

The CDC website has a feature on how the public can protect themselves from foodborne illnesses at home. The feature discusses the symptoms of common foodborne illnesses such as norovirus, Salmonella, Clostridium perfingens, and campylobacter and offers information on when to see a doctor or a healthcare provider. In addition, the CDC offers resources and tips on how the public can reduce their risk for food poisoning and lists important food safety rules for household kitchens. Learn more here.


EPA Materials for Summer Weather and Environmental Hazards

The EPA provides a fact sheet on how the aging population and caregivers can plan for excessive heat events, a poster with tips on staying cool in the summer  that can be displayed in senior centers, schools, local health departments, clinics, or around the community, and an Excessive Heat Events guidebook for local public health and aging professionals. 


Transportation/Land Use Greenhouse Gas Reduction Toolkit

The Oregon Department of Transportation has developed a toolkit to help local jurisdictions determine what appropriate actions and programs to implement to reduce greenhouse gas emitted from transportation. The toolkit contains information on pricing; land use; bicycle and pedestrian; public transportation; transportation demand management; operations/intelligent transportation systems; capacity expansion/bottleneck relief; fleet; and freight. Additionally, the toolkit includes a modeling and analysis tools report, case studies, a communication guide, and a searchable database. To learn more about the toolkit, click here.



The EPA has released NEPAssist, an innovative Web-based mapping tool designed to improve government agencies' environmental review and planning process required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for environmental considerations. The tool gives users easy and quick access to data and detailed reports on the environmental condition of an area of a proposed project by compiling information from federal, state, and local datasets. To learn more about NEPAssist, click here.

CDC Cuts Lead-Poisoning Limit For Kids


Climate Change Accelerating, Complicating Idaho's Spring Runoff


American Lung Association Report on the "State of the Air 2012"


CCAP Report on Climate Adaptation & Transportation


EPA to Work with Drinking Water Systems to Monitor Unregulated Contaminants


Rising Seas Threaten Hundreds of U.S. Energy Facilities


EPA Releases Draft Permitting Guidance for Using Diesel Fuel in Oil and Gas Hydraulic Fracturing/Guidance 

CEHN Youth Environmental Health Leadership Award Nominations

Deadline: June 4 at 5:00 PM EDT 


The Roadmaps to Health Prize

Deadline: June 7 at 3:00 PM EDT


Advancing Environmental Justice through Title VI

Draft is open to comments until  June 19


Health Impact Assessment Summer Training

July 16-19, San Francisco


Grant: Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research

Deadline: July 17


Training Webinar: The Contribution of Biomonitoring To Smoking Reduction Efforts

Available until: April 1, 2013


Career Opportunities: NACCHO's Career Network 

Visit the new NACCHO Career Network to look for public health career opportunities and to post any opportunities that you would like to publicize to NACCHO's members.

Calendar of Events  

Contact Becky Johnson ( if you want to attend the session separately from NACCHO Annual.



July 11-13, Los Angeles


National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) Public Meeting

July 24-25, Crystal City, VA


Southeast Regional Environmental Justice Conference

August 16-17, Atlanta

Contact Sheryl Good (, 404-562-9559 for more information.


HIA 2012 International Conference: How HIA Matters in Health in All Policies 

August 29-31, Quebec City 

NACCHO's Environmental Health Toolkits

ToolboxNACCHO's Climate Change, Food Safety, Healthy Community Design, and PACE-EH Toolkits offer downloadable tools and resources for local health departments. These toolkits connect local health departments with tools and resources to help support environmental health functions, projects, and activities.
NACCHO welcomes any tools or resources you would like to share with local health departments. To submit a tool to the Environmental Health Toolkits, contact Jacques Colon.


The National Connection for Local Public Health

The mission of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) is to be a leader, partner, catalyst, and voice for local public health departments.


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