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Leadership in Action, an Opportunity to Serve

NACCHO is accepting applications for 2013-2014 advisory group appointments through March 31. The Environmental Health Committee, Climate Change Workgroup, and Tracking Workgroup are recruiting new members. NACCHO's advisory groups are a primary and recognized vehicle for identifying the opportunities and challenges facing local health departments and the field at large. Click here to learn more.



2013 Public Health Preparedness Summit to Offer Sessions Highlighting Environmental Health

Join us at the 2013 Public Health Preparedness Summit, March 12-15 in Atlanta. The following selection of sessions will examine the role of environmental health in preparing for emergencies:

  • "Public Health Preparedness and Climate Change: Focusing the Lens"
  •  "Improving Food Defense Capabilities through Cross Collaboration"
  • "Public Sheltering during a Radiation Emergency"
  • "Integrated Planning, Response, and Evaluation for Extreme Weather: Lessons Learned from the Blizzard of 2011-Chicago, Illinois"
  • "Public Health Emergency Response to a Wildfire: Lessons Learned and Promising Best Practices"
  • "From Research to Training: Community Engagement for Environmental Health Emergencies"

For the full agenda and registration information, visit

2013 Nsedu Obot Witherspoon Youth Leadership Award

The Children's Environmental Health Network is now accepting 2013 Nsedu Obot Witherspoon Youth Leadership Award nominations. The award honors youth from ages 12-18 years, in middle and high school, who have demonstrated a commitment to improving environmental health and safety of children, exemplify excellent character, demonstrate leadership skills through activism, and are role models for their peers. Click here to learn more



cracked desert Extreme Weather, Climate, and Health: Putting Science into Practice

NACCHO and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), in coordination with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Public Health Association, and Association of State and Territorial Health Officials hosted a meeting to bring together NIH and CDC academic, state, and city grantees working on climate change and health projects to present their latest findings, share accomplishments, and discuss strategies for linking science to practice. Click here to view the presentations.  


CDC Study: Attribution for Foodborne Illnesses in the United States

The CDC has released a new study, "Attribution of Foodborne Illnesses, Hospitalizations, and Deaths to Food Commodities by using Outbreak Data, United States, 1998-2008." The study addresses the question of what foods makes Americans ill by analyzing a decade of foodborne disease outbreaks data and published estimates of foodborne illnesses. The data will be used to help set priorities for food safety interventions, policy development, research, and analysis for CDC and its regulatory partners.  Learn more here.


Report: National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases: Our Work, Our Stories 2011-2012

The CDC National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID) has released a report, Our Work, Our Stories 2011-2012, that highlights the Center's 2011-2012 fiscal year accomplishments. The report includes over 50 spotlight stories and highlights the NCEZID's work on preventing infections, protecting people, and saving lives domestically and internationally. The entire report is available for download or you can select sections of the report by public health topics such as food safety. Learn more here


APHL Environmental Health Survey Results 

The Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL) has released an Issue Brief, Protecting the Public's Health: Environmental Laboratories, on the capacities and capabilities of environmental laboratories. The report highlights the results collected in an APHL survey fielded in 2012. Three important themes emerged from the survey: (1) government environmental laboratories continue working every day to ensure the safety of each community's environment; (2) laboratory services are threatened by funding decreases; and (3) laboratories can do more to communities to increase collaboration. Learn more here.


EPA Creating Equitable, Healthy, and Sustainable Communities Report  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a report, Creating Equitable, Healthy, and Sustainable Communities: Strategies for Advancing Smart Growth, Environmental Justice, and Equitable Development, that offers approaches for low-income, minority, Tribal, and overburdened communities  to shape community development based on their needs and values. The report provides local and regional decision-makers, developers, and others with a variety of land use and community design strategies that can help revitalize their communities. Learn more here.


NIEHS "Environmental Health Chat" Podcast Series

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) has launched a podcast series that discusses how our health is affected by environmental exposures. Each podcast highlights how researchers work with community groups to understand and address environmental issues. Listen to the podcasts here 



GAO Finds Government at High Risk from Impact of Climate Change


USDA Report: Climate Change Will Impact U.S. Agriculture



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  

Mar. 11-12, Oakland, CA  

Public Health Preparedness Summit 2013
Mar. 12-15, Atlanta 

Brownfields 2013

Mar. 15-17, Atlanta

2013 URISA GIS in Public Health Conference

June 17-19, Miami


NEHA Annual Educational Conference & Exhibition

July 9-11, Washington, DC


National HIA Meeting

Sept. 24-25, Washington, DC   

NACCHO's Environmental Health Toolkits

ToolboxNACCHO's HiAP, 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 Amy Chang.

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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