Environmental Public Health Tracking Virtual Conference The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) has partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/Environmental Health Tracking Branch (Tracking Branch) to host a virtual conference to 1) raise awareness and knowledge about the environment’s role in asthma and other chronic diseases and 2) highlight collaboration opportunities between state leaders, decision makers and practitioners working in environmental health and chronic disease prevention.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, in partnership with the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA), announces the annual Secretary’s Awards for Healthy Homes.
These awards recognize excellence in making indoor environments healthier through healthy homes research, education, and through program delivery, especially in diverse, low to moderate income communities.
The awards are presented at NEHA's Annual Educational Conference & Exhibition each year.
2016 Award Winners
Cross Program Coordination among Health, Environment, and Housing
Public Housing/Multifamily Supported Housing
2016 Press Releases and Announcements
2016 HUD Secretary's Award for Healthy Homes Winners Announced: Model programs from Massachusetts, Washington, and California awarded
2016 Award Review Panel
Thank you! The review panel volunteered their expertise and many hours of their time.
Tara Gurge, NEHA Technical Advisor for General Environmental Health, Environmental Health Agent, Needham Health Dept., Needham, MA
Timothy James Murphy, PhD, REHS/RS, DAAS, NEHA Technical Advisor for Sustainability, Associate Professor and Dept. Chair, The University of Findlay, Findlay, OH
Stephan Ruckman, NEHA Technical Advisor for Schools, Environmental Health Manager, Worthington City Schools, Dublin, OH
Bob Uhrik, NEHA Technical Advisor for Radiation/Radon, Senior REHS, South Brunswick Township, Monmouth Junction, NJ
Robert Washam, MPH, RS, NEHA Technical Advisor for Land Use Planning and Design, Jensen Beach, FL
March 15 and 16, 2017: Annual Conference, hosted by the Michigan Environmental Health Association, Lansing, MI.
Radon is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas that can cause lung cancer. Radon can accumulate to dangerous levels inside homes, schools, and other buildings. Radon can be tested for easily and if high levels are found, it can be removed at a relatively low cost.
Radon is a naturally occuring gas and comes from the decay of Uranium in the ground. As Radon decays, it releases radioactive byproducts that are inhaled and can cause lung cancer. Radon is not only found in selected areas, but is found throughout the world.
- Is the leading cause of lung cancer among nonsmokers
- Causes over 20,000 deaths per year in the U.S.
- If you smoke and your home has a high radon level, your risk of lung cancer can increase more
NEHA Radon Resources
Radon Data Standardization Webinar
Topics / Featured Speakers:
- Radon Pilot Project, Michele Monti, MS, MPH, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Radon Communications Toolkit, Holly Wilson, MHSE, CHES, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
- Radon Data Collection in Washington State, Tina Echeverria, PhD, Washington State’s Tracking Portal
Environmental Health Saves Lives, Saves Money, and Protects Our Future
Environmental Health professionals ensure our air is safe by testing and mitigating radon in homes, schools and other buildings.
Climate Change and Built Environment
Built environment is the infrastructure of cities and towns that includes transportation, roadways, buildings, and land-use. Built environment design and development can help mitigate climate change, support adaptation, and improve environment and public health. The more resilient the built environment, the less impact from climate change.
Climate Change and Environmental/Public Health
Climate change impacts health and is a significant threat. According to the Lancet Commission, “climate change could be the biggest global health threat of the 21st century.” The health effects from climate change will affect most populations especially those most vulnerable: children, elderly, those with chronic health issues, and those living in poverty.
Public Health Law Conference Webinar Series: Efficient, Healthy, and Safe Housing
Friday, September 16
10:45 a.m.–12:00 p.m. EDT
World EH Day, September 26, 2016, NEHA will be working with IFEH to engage with the community on the issues of second and third hand tobacco exposure.
This toolkit provides a set of sample social media messages, animations and graphics, key data points and newsletter blurbs that participants and supporters of this campaign can use in their personal and institutional accounts to distribute and amplify messages.
World Environmental Health Day Talking Points
- September 26, 2016 is World Environmental Health Day to recognize the importance of protecting the air we breathe, the food we eat, and the water we drink and play in.
- People in all communities deserve these basic essentials – safe water, clean air, safe food – to enjoy a healthy life and live up to their full potential.
- Communities benefit when qualified, trained, and competent environmental health professionals work with health care providers, officials, local leaders, and businesses to educate, monitor, and enforce standards for these critical air, food, and water necessities.
- EH professionals work with communities to reduce exposure to toxins typically found in tobacco smoke through sampling, enforcement, and education.
- Support smoke-free policies and the work of environmental health professionals who advocate for healthy communities.
- Tobacco harms in more ways than one. Children and pets are particularly vulnerable to second and third hand smoke.
Learn More Tobacco and Environmental Health Implications
Social Media Messages
10 Social Media Posts
- It's #WorldEHDay and @NEHAorg is bringing attention to the harmful effects of #ThirdHandSmoke and #SecondHandSmoke http://bit.ly/2bFzmLv
- DYK that #ThirdHandSmoke is the residue from nicotine attached to dust & indoor surfaces and is inhaled & absorbed via skin? #WorldEHDay
- #ThirdHandSmoke is most dangerous to infants, children & pets, retweet & bring awareness for #WorldEHDay http://bit.ly/2bVYCMt
- DYK that #ThirdHandSmoke is the residue from nicotine attached to indoor surfaces & absorbed via skin? #WorldEHDay http://bit.ly/2bVYCMt
- DYK: Arsenic, lead, and carbon monoxide are all found in #ThirdHandSmoke http://bit.ly/2bVYCMt
- As an EH Professional, you can be proud to help reduce the exposure of chemicals to the public from #ThirdHandSmoke http://bit.ly/2bVYCMt
- #WorldEHDay is raising awareness of the negative effects of tobacco use and environmental health http://bit.ly/2bFzmLv
- DYK: #SecondHandSmoke causes 41,000 deaths in the U.S. each year? Raise awareness for #WorldEHDay http://bit.ly/2c7XEM3
- DYK: That tobacco-related deaths will result in 10-million deaths annually by 2020. http://bit.ly/2bFzmLv #WorldEHDay #ThirdHandSmoke
- Smoking is on the decline, there is still work to be done. Thankfully, EH professionals are protecting the public. http://bit.ly/2c7XEM3
World EH Day is a way of bringing together the global public and environmental health community to focus on an issue that needs attention and awareness. On September 26, 2016 we are partnering with the International Federation of Environmental Health and the National Environmental Health Association to raise awareness about second and third hand tobacco use as well the way EH professionals deal with tobacco use and exposure to environmental hazards. Check out the links to learn more.
National Environmental Health Association (NEHA):
- World EH Day: http://neha.org/world-eh-day
- Environmental Health and Tobacco: http://neha.org/tobacco
- Third Hand Smoke: http://neha.org/third-hand-smoke
- Second Hand Smoke: http://neha.org/second-hand-smoke
- Post local World EH Day events on the NEHA Community Calendar
American Public Health Association (APHA)
- Tobacco: https://www.apha.org/topics-and-issues/tobacco
- Infographic: http://www.apha.org/news-and-media/multimedia/infographics/live-tobacco-free
- Reducing the Rising Rates of Asthma: http://www.apha.org/policies-and-advocacy/public-health-policy-statements/policy-database/2014/07/14/11/30/reducing-the-rising-rates-of-asthma
- Tobacco Free School Environments: http://www.apha.org/policies-and-advocacy/public-health-policy-statements/policy-database/2014/07/08/13/21/tobacco-free-school-environments
- Smoke Free Indoor Air: http://www.apha.org/policies-and-advocacy/public-health-policy-statements/policy-database/2014/07/15/11/31/smoke-free-indoor-air
- Supporting Regulation of E-Cigarettes: http://www.apha.org/policies-and-advocacy/public-health-policy-statements/policy-database/2015/01/05/12/58/supporting-regulation-of-electronic-cigarettes
National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)
- Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs at the Local Level: http://www.naccho.org/uploads/downloadable-resources/Best-Practices-Tobacco-Programs-Local-Level-2015.pdf
- Webinar: Creating and Enforcing Smoke-Free Multiunit Housing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Z_lHDAcnrA&feature=youtu.be
- Webinar: Creating and Enforcing Tobacco-Free Environments at Colleges and Universities: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=el4SygzDTkw&feature=youtu.be
Green and Healthy Homes Initiative
- Tobacco Resource Page:http://www.greenandhealthyhomes.org/home-health-hazards/tobacco-smoke
CDC in conjunction with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- Second Hand Smoke: https://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/basic_information/secondhand_smoke/
- Fact Sheet: http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/tobacco/
- Consumer Info:
- CDC Vital Signs Report – MMW:
Environmental Health and Tobacco
Tobacco use causes 20% of cancer deaths worldwide, and it is estimated that tobacco-related deaths will result in 10-million deaths annually by 2020. We've come a long way since the mid-1900's in understanding the negative health effects of tobacco to smokers.
- Tobaccos smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals. Hundreds are toxic and about 69 can cause cancer.
- Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. and causes over 438,000 deaths per year.
- Secondhand smoke causes 41,000 deaths in the U.S. each year from heart disease and lung cancer.
- While smoking is on the decline for both adults and students, there is still work to be done.
What Environmental Health Professionals are Doing
Environmental Health professionals conduct a variety of activities to control tobacco exposure, such as:
- Investigate - Complaints and sample environments that may have unhealthy levels.
- Enforce - Many municipalities across the county prohibit smoking in public places, so EH professionals enforce local codes, ordinances, and statutes restricting tobacco use. While there are not well-established exposure limits for tobacco smoke, there are many exposure limits for specific chemicals within tobacco smoke. Some of these chemicals have exposure limits for occupational settings.
- Educate - Environmental Health agencies provide many educational resources and programs in awareness and tobacco cessation. They spearhead health campaigns to prevent illness and injury. Read about what local environmental health agencies are doing for their communities.
- World Environmental Health Day - Celebrate with NEHA on September 26, 2016. This year's theme is tobacco control and NEHA is focusing specifically on the negative health effects of second and third hand smoke to both individuals and societies. Help us raise awareness of the environmental health implications of tobacco use.
- Second Hand Smoke
- Tobacco and EH Professionals
- Infographic: Live Tobacco Free Infographic
- Policy Statement: Reducing the Rising Rates of Asthma
- Policy Statement: Tobacco Free School Environments
- Policy Statement: Smoke Free Indoor Air
- Policy Statement: Supporting Regulation of E-Cigarettes
- Fact Sheet: Tobacco Fact Sheet
- Fact Sheet: Tobacco Use and Secondhand Smoke Exposure is High in Multiunit Housing
- Webpage: Tobacco Resource Page
- Guide: Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs at the Local Level
- Impact Stories: Tobacco Prevention and Control Stories from the Field
- Policy Statement: Indoor Air Quality and Public Health
- Report: Building Healthy Communities: Action Planning for Tobacco Prevention and Control