Essential Actions for Climate Resilience in Local Health Departments

Local health departments (LHDs) are on the front lines of defense against a myriad of threats to their communities. One of the most pervasive and all-encompassing threats LHDs currently face is climate change. Climate change jeopardizes public health in many ways: Extreme heat (i.e., more…

NACCHO Assessment: Certification in Infection Control: Local Impact and Strategies for Success

Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are a persistent and growing threat to the health of communities. To meet this threat head-on, more local health departments (LHDs) are building their capacity for HAI prevention and response. Enhancing LHD capacity can involve a wide variety of activities such as…

Hepatitis Awareness Month 2018: Hepatitis C and People Who Inject Drugs

Today is the last day of Hepatitis Awareness Month. Our final blog post of the month focuses on hepatitis C virus (HCV) and its disproportionate impact on people who inject drugs (PWID). What is Hepatitis C? Hepatitis C is a liver infection caused by HCV.…

Healthy and Safe Swimming Week Messages for Summer Safety

The summer months present a unique set of environmental health challenges for practitioners to consider. Climbing temperatures awaken a host of public health vectors (animals and insects that can transmit diseases to humans). Public pools reopen, with children flocking to splash around in—and, most likely,…