Topics A to Z

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.

Abstract

Restroom internal door handles have the potential to become contaminated by pathogenic bacteria, particularly because frequent breakdowns occur in hand hygiene. Cleaning these door handles periodically could reduce this cross-contamination risk. The sustained effect following cleaning with chlorhexidine could be beneficial in restroom facilities as cleaning episodes are of necessity at time intervals. The cleaning efficacies and residual effects of Sani Cloth CHG 2% wipes were investigated in a double-blinded randomized crossover controlled trial in a school setting. No significant difference occurred in initial cleaning efficacy; however, following a six-hour period of use by pupils of the restroom facilities, the internal door handles wiped with Sani-Cloth CHG 2% wipes were significantly less contaminated than those with the control wipe (14% v. 32%, p = .02). Cleaning with Sani-Cloth CHG 2% wipes demonstrated significant improvements in the continuous cleanliness of restroom door handles during use with this simple and inexpensive technique.

November 2015
November 2015
78.4 | 14-17
Holly Young, Zara Plumb, James Stevenson, Annabelle Tibbett
Additional Topics A to Z: General Environmental Health

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.

July 2015
R. Steven Konkel, PhD

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.

July 2015
Stewart Petrie; Dennis Mazali
Potential CE Credits: 1.00
Additional Topics A to Z: Workforce Development

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.

July 2015
Hope Dalton, MPA
Potential CE Credits: 0.50

Drinking water quality is an important public health issue. This presentation will highlight new functionality of the Environmental Public Health Tracking Program using as an example drinking water data for 24 states for 10 contaminants for the years 2000-2010. The attendee will learn how to access and download any of the tracking program datasets for observation and exploration on their own.

 

Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC

July 2015
Additional Topics A to Z: Health Tracking

Accounting for weather and atmospheric factors (temperature, humidity, wind, and smoke plumes) is critical for environmental health surveillance, but data are usually available at scales that are not compatible with health data. Using new tools, publicly available data, and open source software, weather and health data can be aggregated to meaningful scales for use by environmental health professionals. Discover how programs tracking environmental and occupational health indicators have successfully used these technologies and get a hands-on introduction to the use of these tools in your practice of EH.

 

Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC

July 2015
Additional Topics A to Z: Health Tracking

Abstract

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.

June 2017
June 2017
79.10 | 20-25
Jooho Kim, PhD, Jing Ma, PhD, Barbara Almanza, PhD, RD

Learn how retail food regulatory programs can use the Retail Program Standards to enhance uniformity and quality of their inspection program while improving the level of service to their stakeholders. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from their peers, ask questions, and receive takeaway materials about The FDA Retail Program Standards are designed to help agencies enhance uniformity and quality of inspection programs while improving the level of service to their stakeholders. Get guidance on how to present the standards to and obtain support from upper level management. Find out how to engage staff in assessments, create strategic action plans, and integrate the plans into daily operations. Leave with a clear path forward and support and best practices from colleagues already making headway in the Standards.

 

Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC

July 2015

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