Author Archives: Michelle Shapiro

Addressing Environmental Site Hazards at Child Care Facilities: A Review of State Policy Strategies

Identifying and remedying site hazards before a child care facility is licensed, as well as during facility operations, can help prevent and reduce harmful exposures to staff and children. A new paper from the Environmental…

Taking Action to Address the Public Health Impact of Wildfire Smoke

By Alan Vette, Acting Director, Air and Energy National Research Program (ORD), United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Erika Sasser, Director, Health and Environmental Impacts Division (OAQPS), EPA During Air Quality Awareness Week (April…

Environmental Justice, Equity, and Community in Los Angeles County

By Cynthia Harding, MPH, Chief Deputy Director, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health (LACDPH); Angelo Bellomo, MS, REHS, QEP, Deputy Director, Health Protection, LACDPH; Kim Harrison Eowan, MPH, Senior Advisor to the Chief Deputy Director, LACDPH The…

Assessment of Community Awareness and Practices Concerning Indoor Air Pollutants — Madison County, Alabama, June 2017

This article from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC)’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report describes a Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) that the Alabama Department of Public Health conducted focusing…

Does Ending Plastic Pollution Mean the End of Plastic Straws?

For the last 5,000 years, people around the world have been sipping their drinks out of straws. Only recently have straws come under serious debate. The gold and lapis straws of the ancient Sumerians evolved…