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Archive for the ‘Environmental Health’ Category

Lead Poisoning Prevention

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

This year’s National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week theme, “Lead-Free Kids for a Healthy Future,” underscores the importance of the many ways parents can reduce a child’s exposure to lead and prevent its serious health effects. See the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s website for resources and ideas:

Reducing Environmental Exposures: Resources

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Do you live near natural gas drilling or other areas of industrial pollution? The Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project has tips for “breaking the pathways of exposure” in your home. Resources include ways to reduce your exposure to air, water, noise and light pollutants.  There is also a toolkit for medical personnel: “Health Concerns in the Era of Gas Drilling: A Basic Toolkit for Healthcare Providers.”

Access resources here:

National Farm Safety & Health Week

Monday, September 16th, 2013

September 15-21 is National Farm Safety & Health Week.  According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), farm workers are 7x more likely to die on the job than other workers in private industry. Health concerns at farms include machinery accidents, chemicals and pesticides, and injuries from livestock.

For information on these and other environmental and occupational health hazards, check out the following resources.

MedlinePlus–Farm Health and Safety:

Tox Town Farm:

National Center for Farmworker Health:




American Public Health Association’s Get Ready Day on September 17

Friday, September 13th, 2013

Launched in 2006, APHA’s Get Ready campaign helps Americans prepare themselves, their families and their communities for all disasters and hazards, including pandemic flu, infectious disease, natural disasters and other emergencies. The campaign includes free resources for the public and health workers, including fact sheets, a blog, a Twitter, podcasts, Q&As and a calendar of events. Use of Get Ready materials and information is encouraged. You may print and photocopy Get Ready fact sheets, game, toolkits, guides or other materials without permission and use them for educational activities at work, school, community fairs, health departments, town hall meetings, preparedness events, etc. APHA must be identified as the source of Get Ready materials.

To see additional APHA resources for your Get Ready Day event:

To find more resources for disaster preparedness, visit the Disaster Information Management Resource Center (DIMRC) website:

USDA has resources for identifying bugs

Monday, August 26th, 2013

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has a number of resources for identifying bugs and pests, including weeds and plant diseases, by physical characteristics.  Once a bug or pest is identified, users can find illustrations and expert information.  Designed for USDA staff, the resources can be used by educators, environmental health professionals, gardeners, and others.

For more information, go to the USDA web site:

CDC’s Solve the Outbreak Application

Friday, July 26th, 2013

The CDC’s Solve the Outreach App now includes twice as many outbreaks. The app gives you the opportunity to become a Disease Detective. It puts you in the shoes of a members of the Epidemic Intelligence Services. New features include: sound effects, new levels, and achievements. Check out the app at:

New comic book–The Return: a Native Environmental Health Story

Monday, July 8th, 2013

The Native Tradition, Environment, and Community Health Project (TEACH), a partnership of the University of Washington Center for Ecogenetics and Environmental Health (CEEH) and Northwest Indian College has created a 32-page comic book entitled “The Return: a Native Environmental Health Story.”

From the project’s press release:

“One of the goals of this Native Tradition, Environment and Community Health Project was to find out how Native American ways of understanding the world and our place in it differ from the Western concept of environmental health. Surveys, interviews, and talking circles identified three core themes of Native environmental health: community, wellness, and inter-relationship.

The Return’ was created from the findings. It is a dreamlike account of a Native woman and her baby, and tells how these three concepts are passed to the next generation.”

Read more about the project and to access a PDF version of the book:

Barbecue and Picnic Safely: Food Safety Resources

Monday, July 1st, 2013

This time of year, many people head outside to grill or have a picnic.  Here are some resources to keep your food safe and delicious:

Healthy Grilling Tips for Summer Barbecues (MedlinePlus):

Summer and Vacations (

Food Safety Games and Activities for Kids (Fight BAC!):

Open for Public Comment: National Healthy Housing Standard

Saturday, June 15th, 2013

The American Public Health Association and the National Center for Healthy Housing have released a draft National Healthy Housing Standard to reflect current understanding of the connections between housing and health.  Public Comment from health and housing professionals and other stakeholders is open until July 31, 2013.  To read the draft standard and offer comment, go to the National Center for Health Housing website:

Bothered by bugs? Resources on Insect Bites and Stings

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Itching and scratching from bug bites this summer?  Go to the MedlinePlus for resources on avoiding and treating Insect Bites and Stings, including the safe use of Insect Repellent.

Insect Bites and Stings Health Topic Page: