Environmental Health

Rhode Island Coordinates Statewide Efforts to Address Lead Exposure in Maternal and Child Health Populations

October 11, 2018|10:48 a.m.| ASTHO Staff

Oct. 11 is Children’s Environmental Health Day, a day to raise awareness around children’s health issues, share successes and new initiatives, and discuss ongoing challenges. Children continue to face high rates of chronic diseases and developmental disabilities linked to environmental exposures. One of the harmful environmental exposures that state health agencies have prioritized is lead. Read More »

Success Stories from Environmental Public Health Tracking (Part 2 of 2)

September 01, 2016|11:27 a.m.| Samantha Williams

In part two of our interview with Dr. Fuyuen Yip, she describes some of the CDC Tracking Program’s most interesting partnerships, as well as outcomes and lessons learned along the way. Read More »

Success Stories from Environmental Public Health Tracking (Part 1 of 2)

August 31, 2016|11:28 a.m.| Samantha Williams

This is the first of a two-part interview with Fuyuen Yip, acting branch chief for the Environmental Public Health Tracking Program at the National Center for Environmental Health at CDC. Read More »

North Dakota Races to Address Housing Inspection, Facility Needs Following Oil Boom

February 17, 2016|9:36 a.m.| Virgie Townsend

Population fluctuations meant the North Dakota Department of Health had to find new ways to accommodate changing food and lodging needs. Read More »

State Health Agencies Prep for Zika

January 29, 2016|9:06 a.m.| Scott Briscoe

As Zika news grips the U.S. public, state health agencies have been preparing for weeks. Read More »

State and Federal Partners Work to Prevent, Contain Increased Multistate Foodborne Outbreaks

November 13, 2015|3:35 p.m.| Kristen Lewandowski

Foodborne outbreaks that spread across state lines have increased over the past twenty years, but so have tools to track bacteria and trace disease. Read More »

U.S. Surgeon General Announces Plan to Promote Walkable Communities

September 22, 2015|5:03 p.m.| Jane Esworthy

To address the major public health challenges that exist due to physical inactivity, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy released a call to action earlier this month urging individuals of all ages to make walking a priority in their lives and discussing the health benefits of walking. Read More »

Recent Legionnaires’ Outbreaks not Uncommon; States Work to Protect Public

September 10, 2015|11:59 a.m.| Scott Briscoe

Recent spate of outbreaks are not unusual in late summer. New York, Florida, and Nevada among many states doing extensive work to safeguard the public. Read More »

The Potentially Poisonous Problem of Fishing for Dinner

July 29, 2015|12:54 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

In just about any urban or suburban setting where there is a natural water source, it is common to see anglers casting lines into the water. Unfortunately, most water sources near urban areas can yield fish that are high in toxins, including mercury. Read More »

New Report Shows Possible Link Between Neighborhood Noise and Obesity

May 27, 2015|4:19 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

A recent study shows a potential connection between neighborhood noise and abdominal obesity incidence. Read More »

California Adds BPA to Dangerous Chemical List, May Require Special Labeling

May 11, 2015|4:33 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

California took one step closer to requiring warning labels on bottles and cans that use the controversial substance Bisphenol A, also known as BPA. The labels would warn that BPA can cause reproductive harm to women. Read More »

State of the Air 2015: Four in Ten Americans Breathe Unhealthy Air

May 01, 2015|1:17 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

The American Lung Association released its “State of the Air 2015” report, which compiles air quality report cards for cities based on states’ monitoring data on ozone and particle pollution levels. Read More »

South Carolina Honors Businesses for their Environmental Records

February 10, 2015|3:00 p.m.| ASTHO Staff

Since 1997, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control has been recognizing businesses that are committed to protecting and preserving the state’s environment. Read More »