Environmental Health

NACCHO Releases Updated Policy Statement on Brownfields

NACCHO has recently updated its Brownfields policy statement providing guidance and recommendations for local health departments interested in brownfield redevelopment in their jurisdictions. Brownfields are defined by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as “real property, the…

New White Paper: Product Tracing in Epidemiologic Investigations of Outbreaks due to Commercially Distributed Food Items

The effective use of product tracing as part of epidemiologic investigations has been demonstrated in numerous foodborne disease outbreaks. However, the approaches and systems used to conduct product tracing in this context have not been…

NACCHO Releases Policy Statement on Risk Communication Capacity

NACCHO has released a new policy statement providing guidance and recommendations for risk communication capacity at local health departments. Risk communication protects the public’s health in high-risk situations through a multidisciplinary, multidimensional approach, and helps guide…

Rodent Control and Public Health: Examining Local Rodent Control Programs

From the 1900 San Francisco bubonic plague epidemic to the 2012 Yosemite National Park hantavirus infection outbreak, rodents have always been a lurking environmental threat, capable of compromising the public’s health. In addition to potentially carrying…