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Infectious Disease Preparedness: Reflections from CDC’s Pandemic Flu Exercise

On September 12-14, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted a pandemic influenza functional exercise in response to a fictional influenza pandemic with federal, state, local, and non-governmental partners. The National Association of…

Using Yelp Restaurant Reviews to Identify Foodborne Illness

By Dede Vilven, Enteric Epidemiologist, Salt Lake County Health Department (SLCoHD) The Salt Lake County Health Department (SLCoHD) serves approximately 1.1 million people in the greater Salt Lake City area. To keep the population safe and…

Retail Program Standards Blog Series: Standard 1

This post is the second in a new Retail Program Standards blog series from NACCHO to showcase the progress that communities across the country have made in retail food protection. Each month, we are featuring…

Show Your Support for Children’s Environmental Health

By the Children’s Environmental Health Committee of the American Public Health Association’s Environment Section Local health department professionals are uniquely aware of the health issues and risks affecting their towns and cities. Some counties have…

How Local Health Departments with the Fewest Resources Can Increase Active Transportation

By Karin Valentine Goins, MPH, Program Director, Division of Preventive and Behavioral Medicine, University of Massachusetts Medical School Editor’s Note: This is the first in a three-part series covering the Capabilities for Public Health Agency…

2018 Crumbine Award: A Collaborative Food Safety Effort

By Andrew Linton, CPM, RS, Division Manager, Environmental Health Division, Maricopa County Environmental Services Department Editor’s Note: September is National Food Safety Month. Throughout the month, NACCHO is featuring local health departments’ food safety efforts,…

Technologies to Reduce PFAS in Drinking Water: An EPA Research Perspective

By Lahne Mattas-Curry, Science Communications Staff, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Communities across the country have been challenged by per- and polyfluorinated substances (PFAS), a group of man-made chemicals that have been used for decades…

Retail Program Standards Blog Series: Self-Assessment

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) collaboratively developed the Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards (Retail Program Standards) 20 years ago. The Retail Program Standards are designed to help food regulatory programs enhance…

Minneapolis Health Department Supports a Young Food Entrepreneur

By Dan Huff, Director of Environmental Health, and Gretchen Musicant, Commissioner of Health, Minneapolis Health Department Jaequan Faulkner, 13, started selling hot dogs in front of his Minneapolis home in 2016, calling his establishment “Mr.…