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EPA Community-Based Water Resiliency Tool

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

The Community-Based Water Resiliency (CBWR) Tool (version 2.0) is an easy way to find out how prepared your community is to handle emergencies that impact your water systems and learn about tools and resources that can be used to build resilience.

The self-assessment in the tool is for:

  • drinking water and wastewater utilities
  • state primacy agencies, hospitals
  • public health agencies
  • fire
  • police
  • emergency managers
  • elected officials
  • concerned citizens

For more information and to download the tool, visit http://1.usa.gov/1TIeTAu

Learn from University Green Cleaning Leaders

Friday, May 6th, 2016

Learn from the Leaders: Community Engagement in Higher Education
May 24, 2016 at 2 p.m. CST
Register for the webinar at http://bit.ly/1TMSVOw

From Healthy Schools Campaign and Green Clean Schools

This webinar will showcase the innovative green cleaning programs at Texas Tech University and University of California, Irvine, with special attention to their ability to galvanize their students, schools and larger community around health and sustainability. Participants will have time to connect with presenters and ask questions.

April issue of NIH News in Health

Monday, April 18th, 2016

This month’s issue of NIH News in Health features articles with tips on preventing mosquito-borne illnesses, gardening to promote health, and avoiding childhood sports injuries.

NIH News in Health: https://newsinhealth.nih.gov/

Greenness Around Homes Linked to Lower Mortality

Monday, April 18th, 2016

From the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences:

“Women live longer in areas with more green vegetation, according to new research funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health. Women with the highest levels of vegetation, or greenness, near their homes had a 12 percent lower death rate compared to women with the lowest levels of vegetation near their homes. The results were published Apr. 14 in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives.”

Read more about the study: http://1.usa.gov/1WaZSes

Full-text: http://1.usa.gov/22HsNH1

Interested in adding more vegetation to your area? Cooperative Extension can offer advice. Find your local office: http://1.usa.gov/1SUN06Y

EPA’s Safer Choice program encourages consumers to choose healthier and safer spring cleaning products

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016

The snow is gone and temperatures are rising. That means it is time for spring cleaning, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through its Safer Choice program this spring is encouraging consumers to look for cleaning products that will protect public health and the environment. EPA developed Safer Choice labels so it would be easy for consumers and businesses to choose products that meet EPA’s safer product standards. Although the Safer Choice label applies to products that are used year round, EPA is making a special emphasis just in time for spring cleaning. For more information Safer Choice, visit: http://1.usa.gov/1qk6uLt 

Keep up to date with Zika

Monday, April 4th, 2016

Information available about Zika Virus transmission, prevention and treatment is changing rapidly. To keep up to date, go to the Centers for Disease Control’s Zika site. On the bottom of the main page, you can sign up for email updates.

Zika Virus (CDC): http://www.cdc.gov/zika/

National Library of Medicine Resource Guides on Recent Public Health Incidents

Friday, February 5th, 2016

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) recently developed resource lists for three public health emergencies affecting both local and global communities. An incident Web page was created to gather resources on the emerging health issues arising from the Zika Virus. Two PDF documents on recent chemical incidents have been updated. Please share these resources freely. These resource lists link to a variety of sources such as: Local, state, federal and international agencies and organizations; Database searches for the health information issues around the incidents; and Social media resources for situational awareness.

Zika Virus Health Information Resources: http://1.usa.gov/1K2ORc4
Aliso Canyon/Porter Ranch Gas Leak: http://1.usa.gov/1L3f19B (PDF)
Lead in Flint, Michigan Water System: http://1.usa.gov/1PZcYLd (PDF)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Adds Zika Travel Advisory to Four Countries

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Adapted from CDC:

The CDC, in collaboration with public health officials, has added a Zika virus travel alert to the following countries: American Samoa, Costa Rica, Curacao, and Nicaragua. In addition, the CDC has provided a list of affected countries and regions combating the virus. 1.usa.gov/1PRWRsG  The Zika virus infection is most often spread by mosquitoes. For more information, please visit: 1.usa.gov/1QG7SAp

New Science iOS Games for Grades 5 to 12

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

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There are three new interactive, educational apps from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Division of Specialized Information Services for students studying genetics, chemistry and environmental health science.

Bohr Thru: Use a 3-match game style to collect protons, neutrons, and electrons to create the first 18 elements on the periodic table. With the help of the main character, Atom, players become familiar with a variety of chemical elements and their structures.

Base Chase: Learn the bases of DNA with this fast-paced, educational app. Players grab bases of DNA in order to complete unique DNA strands for a variety of animals. DeeNA, the game’s cartoon mascot, assists players in completing each of the required tasks.

Run4Green: The importance of environmental conservation is reinforced through this interactive game. Topics, such as greenhouse gas reduction, renewable energy and green product purchases are emphasized and rewarded throughout game play. The game is appropriate for students in grades 5-8.

Download these games on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch by visiting the NLM app page at: http://apple.co/1nqG891

Information and News: Lead in Flint, Michigan Water System

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

Several Michigan, local, and federal agencies are responding to the presence of lead in the drinking water in Flint, Michigan.  The National Library of Medicine Specialized Information Services Division (NLM SIS) provides information on the medical and public health aspects of chemical incidents for health professionals, policy makers, and volunteers who may be responding to an incident and for people living in or concerned about the affected region. They have compiled a list of information resources. Please visit: bit.ly/1Qj8xaK to learn more.