Using the Wildfire Guide to Reduce your City and County’s Smoke Exposure Risk

By Wayne Cascio and Erika Sasser, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency October is Healthy Lung Month and a good time to think about ways NACCHO members and their partners can protect the health of the public from the impacts of wildfire smoke. The best way to…

2018 STD Surveillance Report: STIs Rates Rapidly Increased Again

On October 8, 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Surveillance Report, 2018. Devastatingly, rates of reportable STDs, syphilis, chlamydia, and gonorrhea, surged for the fifth year in a row. An especially alarming figure is that congenital syphilis,…

Building Public Health Capacity for Climate Action

By Mona Arora, MSPH, PhD, Principal Research Specialist & Course Instructor, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona The theme for this year’s World Environmental Health Day, celebrated on Sept. 26, calls for unified action among the global environmental health community…

2019 Crumbine Award: Serving Safety in Minneapolis

By Gretchen Musicant, Commissioner, Minneapolis Health Department The Minneapolis Health Department Division of Environmental Health (MEH) is the proud recipient of the 2019 Samuel J. Crumbine Consumer Protection Award for Excellence in Food Protection. MEH follows three guiding principles in its work: Protect Minneapolis’ residents and…