In the Northwest Arctic Borough, the impact of climate on environmental conditions is a fact of life, and with this comes a substantial challenge to the Native Inupiat lifestyle, culture, and traditional subsistence "way of life." Like areas which are being inundated by sea level rise, these changes are affecting drinking water, sanitation and other infrastructure at the "coalface" where these impacts are most evident in the US. See how environmental health practitioners are providing innovative solutions that promote resilience and adaptation rather than foregoing a cultural and community identity.
As part of NEHA's continuos effort to provide convenient access to information and resources, we have gathered together for you the links in this section. Our mission is "to advance the environmental health and protection professional for the purpose of providing a healthful environment for all,” as well as to educate and inform those outside the profession.
This session will examine the efficacy of cooperation and collaboration in environmental and public health projects. Specific examples involving cross border collaboration and cooperation between professionals from widely differing backgrounds and cultures will be explored. These lessons learned, successes, and failures will help you plan new projects and deliver existing projects more effectively.
From conception, project design, results, and lessons learned along the way, hear a case study about collaboration between federal, state and local agencies to obtain and use water quality data related to private wells while marketing the use of the data. This case study involves multiple agencies sharing data, data display using geographic information systems (GIS), and unanticipated obstacles. We learned the hard way so you don't have to.
Concentration Gradient Patterns of Traffic and Non-Traffic-Generated Fine and Coarse Aerosol Particles
Consumer Perception of the Food and Drug Administration’s Newest Recommended Food Facility Inspection Format: Words Matter
The Food and Drug Administration recommended restaurant inspection scores change to a format that incorporated three new categories of violations: priority, priority foundation, and core. It was uncertain whether interested consumers would value the more in-depth information or become more confused. The purpose of this study was to assess consumer perception of the recommended inspection system. Data were collected from an online survey. Results showed that consumers want convenient access to the information either online or on the wall of restaurants, and some consumers do want to read inspection reports and use them in making dining decisions. Choice of restaurant inspection format did appear to change consumer understanding and perceptions about some of the violations. Results also demonstrated the importance of the words used to categorize violations.
79.10 | 20-25
Correlation of Arsenic Exposure Through Drinking Groundwater and Urinary Arsenic Excretion Among Adults in Pakistan
76.6 | 48-54
We investigated a gastrointestinal illness cluster among persons who attended a baseball tournament (>200 teams) during July 2015. We interviewed representatives of 19 teams; illness was reported among only the 9 (47%) teams that stayed at Hotel A (p < .01). We identified 55 primary cases. A case-control study demonstrated that pool exposure at Hotel A was significantly associated with illness (odds ratio: 7.3; 95% confidence interval: 3.6, 15.2). Eight out of nine (89%) stool specimens tested were positive for Cryptosporidium, with C. hominis IfA12G1 subtype identified in two specimens. The environmental health assessment detected a low free available chlorine level, and pool water tested positive for E. coli and total coliforms. A possible diarrheal contamination event, substantial hotel pool use, and use of cyanuric acid might have contributed to this outbreak and magnitude. Aquatic facilities practicing proper operation and maintenance (e.g., following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Model Aquatic Health Code) can protect the public’s health.
79.9 | 16-22
Chuck Lichon, R.S., M.P.H., Deputy Health Officer at District Health Department #2 in Michigan, developed a Children’s Environmental Health Power Point Program with the financial assistance of the Dow Chemical Company, Midland, MI. The Power Points are approximately 25-35 minutes in length, allowing for a presentation to be made during one classroom setting, or to be used for a community presentation, allowing time for Q & A. Some of the topics include: Sunwise, Body Art, Household Hazardous Waste, Meth, Recreational Water, and more. They are free to download and use for presentations in your school, health department community presentations, or for media use. Changes in the presentations should not be made without consent from the author, and/or the NEHA Board of Directors.
The Crystal Meth PowerPoint is available via the link listed below: