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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…

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…

National Minority Health Month: The Double Burden for Minorities with Disabilities

By Kirsten Donato, NACCHO Health and Disability Fellow In April, organizations and people across the United States are bringing awareness to National Minority Health Month. NACCHO recognizes the challenges in minority health, especially as inequities…

2018 Vector Control Summit: “Itching to Improve: Building Local Mosquito Control Capacity”

In partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), NACCHO developed and distributed an electronic survey to assess mosquito surveillance and control capacity among the nearly 2,000 local vector control programs nationwide. Through this…

Ongoing Multistate Salmonellosis Outbreak Linked to Controversial Kratom Supplement

By Alexandra Fraser, NACCHO Environmental Health Intern A multistate outbreak of Salmonellosis has been linked to the consumption of a product called “kratom”. From March 14 to April 5, 2018 the number of Salmonella cases confirmed by…