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Archive for the ‘Environmental Health’ Category

Preventing heat-related illnesses

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

According to the Centers for Disease Control, extreme heat caused over 7400 deaths in the United States between 1999-2010.

Check out these resources to prevent heat-related illness.

Keep your cool in hot weather (CDC): http://1.usa.gov/1GBccMt

Heat Illness (MedlinePlus): http://1.usa.gov/1dY6f2g

A Story of Health: Multimedia eBook

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

Using the setting of a family reunion as a backdrop, A Story of Health multimedia eBook explores how our environments interact with our genes to influence health across the lifespan: http://bit.ly/1KWKmeN. Described as “brilliant,” “innovative,” and “fun to use” by physicians, researchers and advocates, the peer-reviewed, 150-page eBook tells its story through the lives of fictional characters with asthma, developmental disabilities and leukemia (the first three case studies released to date). The eBook features the latest scientific research about disease origin and helpful facts about disease prevention. Free continuing education credits are offered through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). A Story of Health was developed by ATSDR, the Collaborative on Health and the Environment, the University of California, San Francisco, Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, California EPA, and the Science and Environmental Health Network. Download the book free of charge here: A story of Health ebook

Upcoming webinars from the American Public Health Association

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

The American Public Health Association has several upcoming no-cost webinars:

The Power of How: Using Tested Metaphors to Build Public Understanding about Environmental Health
Tuesday, May 5, 2015  1:30–2:45 p.m. EDT

CDC’s Community Guide: Improving the Science of Built Environment and Public Health for Physical Activity
Wednesday, May 6, 2015  2 p.m. EDT

Population Health in the context of the Affordable Care Act: The Role and Accountability of Hospitals and Health Systems
Tuesday, May 12, 2015  1-2:30 p.m. EDT

A Public Health Approach to Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention
Wednesday, May 13, 2015  2-3:30 p.m. EDT

For more information and to register: http://bit.ly/1JxGfrS

NIH Still Active in Gulf Region Five Years After Oil Spill

Monday, April 13th, 2015

From the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS):

“Five years after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion, researchers at the National Institutes of Health are actively working with Gulf region community partners, to learn if any human health problems resulted from the disaster and establish a new research response plan to be better prepared for future disasters….

An important lesson learned from the Gulf oil spill and other recent disasters is that researchers need to be involved early in the response efforts to collect vital health information, including samples of air, water, and other materials and contaminants. They also need off-the-shelf customizable research tools if they are going to be able to move quickly to launch a research study that meets all guidelines for protecting the rights of study volunteers. As a result, NIEHS worked with the National Library of Medicine, also part of NIH, and other agencies to develop the NIH Disaster Research Response Project. Key elements of this project include publicly accessible field-tested data collection tools, research protocols, training materials and exercises, and development of a network of trained research responders (see http://dr2.nlm.nih.gov).”

For more information about NIH activities in the Gulf region: http://1.usa.gov/1FOghMC

ATSDR – Safeguarding Communities from Harmful Chemicals: A Five-Part Webinar Series

Monday, April 6th, 2015

From the American Public Health Association:

“The American Public Health Association and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are proud to co-sponsor a five-part webinar series highlighting the vital work of the ATSDR. The series explores the Agency’s role as an integral partner in: determining chemical threats; supporting communities with their environmental health concerns; protecting children and vulnerable populations; and supporting the specific needs of Native Tribes.

Part I – Introducing ATSDR 
Tuesday, Apr. 14, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. EST
Don’t miss the start of the series! Introducing ATSDR provides a broad overview of the invaluable contributions ATSDR has made over the past years – from who they are to how they work to protect our communities from harmful chemical exposures.”

Register: http://bit.ly/1c14kte

New Food Safety App: Foodkeeper

Monday, April 6th, 2015

The U. S. Department of Agriculture has released a new app called Foodkeeper.

From the USDA:

“Developed by the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, with Cornell University and the Food Marketing Institute, this new application informs users on how to store food and beverages to maximize their freshness and quality. By helping users understand food storage, the application empowers consumers to choose storage methods that extend the shelf life of their items. Users will be able to keep items fresh longer than if they were not stored properly.

The FoodKeeper application offers users valuable storage advice about more than 400 food and beverage items, including various types of baby food, dairy products and eggs, meat, poultry, produce, seafood, and more. Every year, billions of pounds of food go to waste in the U.S. because consumers are not sure of its quality or safety. USDA estimates that 21 percent of the available food in the U.S. goes uneaten at the consumer level. USDA also estimates that at the retail and consumer level, 36 pounds of food per person is wasted each month.”

For more information and to download the app: http://1.usa.gov/1CLb1bn

World Health Day 2015: Food Safety

Monday, April 6th, 2015

According to the World Health Organization, 2 million people die each year from unsafe food or drinking water. April 7 is World Health Day, and the theme is “From Farm to Plate, Make Food Safe.” The WHO web site has campaign materials, including social media messaging and infographics, as well as food safety case studies from around the world.

World Health Day (WHO): http://bit.ly/1C6JXAX

Community Health Status Indicators Tool

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Community Health Status Indicators show how social factors and the physical environment are especially important because they represent the conditions in which people are born, work, and play. Neighborhoods with affordable healthy food, safe and accessible housing, and quality employment opportunities can positively influence behaviors and help to create healthy lifestyles. See the Centers for Disease Control Community Health Status Indicators (CHSI), http://1.usa.gov/1CQ9679, an interactive online tool that provides public health profiles for all 3,143 counties in the United States.

Flood Safety: Resources

Monday, March 16th, 2015

March 15-21 is Flood Safety Month. As spring approaches and snow melts, flooding may occur. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has flood safety resources: http://1.usa.gov/1ANBPnq

Building Understanding of Environmental Health (webinar series)

Monday, March 2nd, 2015
The American Public Health Association and the Centers for Disease Control are sponsoring a webinar series about communicating with the public about environmental health issues.
Navigating the Swamp of Environmental Health: Using Evidence to Craft More Effective Communications
March 5, 2015, 1:30–2:45 p.m. EST

Framing with Values: Cuing Up Productive Conversations about Environmental Health Work
April 7, 2015, 1:30–2:45 p.m. EDT

The Power of How: Using Tested Metaphors to Build Public Understanding about Environmental Health
May 5, 2015, 1:30–2:45 p.m. EDT

For more information and to register: http://bit.ly/1wEuLhP