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National Environmental Health Association // E-NEWS // Vol. 12, Issue 5 // Late March 2012
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Journal of Environmental Health
Don’t miss in the April issue:
► The Dilemma of Promoting Green Products
► A Survey of California Public School Districts’ Ant and Weed Management Practices
► Fish Consumption and Advisory Awareness Among the Philadelphia Asian Community
► Members only online article: Mutagenicity and Genotoxicity of Water Treated for Human Consumption
LATE MARCH 12: In this issue
• “People, Polar Bears, and Potato Salad: Mapping the Gaps Between Expert and Public Understandings of Environmental Health”
• Credential/Certification Courses and Exams Being Offered at the 2012 AEC
• Online Registration Available for the NEHA 2012 AEC
• NEHA Seeks Subject-Matter Experts in Food Safety
News From the Field
• Spring of Sustainability 2012 Begins This Week
• Environmental Public Health Online Courses (EPHOC) Available Through CDC
• Disaster Preparedness Videos From Metropolitan Emergency Managers Committee of Greater Kansas City
• Foodborne Disease Outbreaks in the U.S. Caused by Imported Food Apparently on the Rise
• CityLinks Partnership Addresses Climate Change, Water and Sanitation, and Food Security
• Biking and Walking in the U.S. Benchmark Report
• Study From U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Confirms Low Levels of Fallout From Fukushima
Opportunities for Input
• Waste Reduction or Elimination at the Source Grant Funding Applications Sought
• Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) Module Open for Comment
• Innovative Food Defense Grants Available From FDA
Mark Your Calendars!
• National Public Health Week
• 2012 Dr. Neil Lowry Memorial Award Deadline Is April 16
• Earth Day 2012
• Upcoming Award Deadlines
• Upcoming Affiliate Conferences
“People, Polar Bears, and Potato Salad: Mapping the Gaps Between Expert and Public Understandings of Environmental Health”
NEHA Executive Director Nelson Fabian’s column in the April JEH, “Wisdom From the Wise Old Owl,” covers highlights from this newly released report. The title may be a bit “different,” but the information contained in the report is a product of some intriguing research that explores the gaps between how the public and this profession understand environmental health. This is a definite read for environmental health professionals!
Credential/Certification Courses and Exams Being Offered at the 2012 AEC
Advance your expertise and career potential by obtaining a NEHA credential/certification at the 2012 AEC. Four credential/certification courses and exams are being offered including the Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian (REHS/RS), the Certified Professional of Food Safety (CP-FS), the HACCP Manager Certification Course, and the National Association of Wastewater Transporters Inc. (NAWT) Installer Training + NEHA Certified Installer of Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (CIOWTS) Basic Exam. While at the AEC, you can take just a credential/certification course, just an exam, or both a course and an exam. Separate applications are required prior to registering, and additional fees may apply. For more information, visit neha2012aec.org.
Online Registration Available for the NEHA 2012 AEC
Complete your AEC registration using NEHA’s NEW online registration system. Follow the steps provided to set up your login and password. Once you’re set up, you can visit the site over and over again to easily view your transaction history, make additional purchases, and update your profile. Get registered for the 2012 AEC today!
NEHA Seeks Subject-Matter Experts in Food Safety
FDA has provided funding to NEHA to update its Certified Professional of Food Safety (CP-FS) credential and develop a personnel certification credential for Food Auditors. NEHA is seeking subject-matter experts (SMEs) to participate in the development process. This includes the Job/Task Analysis and exam development activities. SMEs should be experts in food safety from a domestic regulatory and/or industry perspective or auditing, particularly in the area of foreign and import audits. If you are interested or know an expert as defined above, please contact the project manager, Rance Baker, with that information.
News From the Field
Spring of Sustainability 2012 Begins This Week
Major environmental organizations and 100 top-name sustainability leaders are joining forces in an unprecedented global initiative. The three-month “Spring of Sustainability,” intended to reach hundreds of thousands, began March 26 and has an almost-daily mix of free teleseminars, live programs, and local events. Presenters for the Spring of Sustainability include primatologist Jane Goodall, climate activist Bill McKibben, former White House Advisor Van Jones, Diet for a Small Planet author Frances Moore Lappé, and Earth Day founder Denis Hayes. Core topics include green business, green lifestyle, activism for a just and sustainable world, global stewardship, and thriving communities.
Environmental Public Health Online Courses (EPHOC) Available Through CDC
EPHOC is an online/on-demand package of e-learning courses for environmental public health practitioners. EPHOC provides access to comprehensive, worthwhile, and affordable workforce development resources for practitioners in environmental public health.
Disaster Preparedness Videos From Metropolitan Emergency Managers Committee of Greater Kansas City
The Metropolitan Emergency Managers Committee of Greater Kansas City has produced a new series of videos that provides critical information about key steps people should take to be prepared for emergencies. The series includes seven videos that are being released, one each week starting March 12, through YouTube, local government cable channels, and other outlets. The first two episodes are available now: “Meet ‘Disaster’ and ‘Preparedness’” and “Keep Mayhem to a Minimum.”
Foodborne Disease Outbreaks in the U.S. Caused by Imported Food Apparently on the Rise
According to CDC, from 2005 to 2010, 39 outbreaks and 2,348 illnesses were linked to imported food from 15 countries. Of those outbreaks, nearly half (17) occurred in 2009 and 2010.
CityLinks Partnership Addresses Climate Change, Water and Sanitation, and Food Security
Local government professionals worldwide have a new forum for sharing knowledge about three interrelated urban development challenges: climate change, water and sanitation services, and food security. These topics are at the center of the U.S. Agency for International Development–funded CityLinks program and the new CityLinks website developed by the International City/County Management Association.
Biking and Walking in the U.S. Benchmark Report
A new report released by the Alliance for Biking and Walking ranks all 50 states and the 51 largest U.S. cities on bicycling and walking levels, safety, funding, and other factors. The biennial report reveals data including bicycling and walking levels and demographics, bicycle and pedestrian safety, public health indicators, and the economic impact of bicycling and walking.
Study From U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Confirms Low Levels of Fallout From Fukushima
Fallout from the 2011 Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power facility in Japan was measured in minimal amounts in precipitation in the U.S. in about 20% of 167 sites sampled in a nationwide study led by USGS. Levels measured were similar to measurements made by U.S. EPA in the days and weeks immediately following the March 2011 incidents, which were determined to be well below any level of public health concern.
Opportunities for Input
Waste Reduction or Elimination at the Source Grant Funding Applications Sought
U.S. EPA is seeking grant funding applications from state agencies, state colleges or universities, federally recognized tribes, and intertribal consortia during FY 2012 for projects to support state and tribal technical assistance programs that address the reduction or elimination of pollution by businesses across all environmental media: air, water, and land. Applications due April 24, 2012.
Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) Module Open for Comment
The Disinfection and Water Quality module of MAHC has recently been released for public comment by CDC. The comment period will be open until April 27, 2012.
Innovative Food Defense Grants Available From FDA
FDA is seeking grant funding applications from state, local, tribal, and territorial government food regulatory agencies to generate innovative food defense tools and resources that complement, develop, or may improve state, local, tribal, and territorial food defense programs and which may then be applied to food defense programs nationwide. Applications due June 15, 2012.
Mark Your Calendars!
National Public Health Week
National Public Health Week is April 2–8, 2012.
2012 Dr. Neil Lowry Memorial Award Deadline Is April 16
There is less than one month left to nominate a public health official or department that has made a positive contribution to the public's healthy and safe use of recreational water for the 2012 Dr. Neil Lowry Memorial Award. The Association for Pool and Spa Professional’s recreational water quality committee will select an outstanding public health official or department to receive the $5,000 award. The award will be presented at the NEHA 2012 AEC in San Diego. This is an ideal opportunity to gain recognition for yourself or one of your colleagues. The nomination submission deadline is April 16, 2012. Download an application or contact Bernice Crenshaw for more information.
Earth Day 2012
Earth Day is April 22, 2012. This year’s theme is “Mobilize the Earth.”
Upcoming Award Deadlines
Don’t forget the following deadlines for these notable environmental health awards:
• Davis Calvin Wagner Sanitarian Award: April 15
• Walter F. Snyder Award: April 30
• Excellence in Sustainability Award: May 1
Upcoming Affiliate Conferences
• Michigan Environmental Health Association’s Annual Educational Conference, March 28–30, 2012.
• California Environmental Health Association’s 61st Annual Educational Symposium, April 2–5, 2012.
• Illinois Environmental Health Association’s North Chapter Annual Educational Conference, April 2–3, 2012.
• Missouri Milk, Food, and Environmental Health Association’s Annual Educational Conference, April 10–13, 2012.
• Ohio Environmental Health Association’s Spring AEC, April 16–18, 2012.
• Indiana Environmental Health Association’s Spring Educational Conference, April 25, 2012.
• Wisconsin Environmental Health Association’s Spring Education Conference, April 26, 2012.
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