New Cooperative Agreement Supports Training for Healthcare Providers on Pesticide-Related Health Conditions

EPA has awarded a cooperative agreement, Pesticide Education for Medical Professionals, to the University of California Davis Extension to educate the medical community on how to prevent, recognize and treat pesticide-related health conditions.

Through outreach, technical assistance and training, UC Davis Extension, in partnership with Oregon State University, will seek to achieve improved health for farmworker and agricultural communities by increasing knowledge and awareness of environmental and occupational health risks. The program will expand on previous programs by including additional healthcare practice sites, improving existing educational materials, and targeting larger audiences of providers, including doctors, nurses, emergency response personnel and other clinical staff. Continue reading

EPA Seeks Nominations for Environmental Champions

Each year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognizes and honors environmental trailblazers – individuals, businesses and organizations that have contributed significantly to improving the environment and protecting public health. EPA is seeking nominations of environmental stewards within its region covering New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and eight federally recognized Indian Nations who have gone above and beyond for environmental change in local communities. Winners will be honored with this annual award at a ceremony in the Spring of 2017 at EPA’s regional office in Manhattan. The Agency is accepting nominations for its Environmental Champion Awards until February 3, 2017.

“EPA’s prestigious Environmental Champion Award recognizes the hard work, vision and courage exhibited by local leaders who are committed to environmental protection. Everyone is encouraged to nominate people who are stellar leaders in this arena,” said EPA Deputy Regional Administrator Catherine McCabe. Continue reading

New York City public health team develops indicators for predicting rat infestations

A team of researchers from the New York City Department of Health has developed ways of predicting rat infestations based on the type of neighborhood that people live in.

TV and movies have frequently shown rats in neighborhoods with squalid conditions, in areas near restaurants and near apartment buildings in poor neighborhoods. But these portrayals are based on human perceptions and associations between poverty and pest populations. However, few studies have set out to define factors that could predict where rat infestations would be. Continue reading

National Environmental Health Association 2016 Call for Abstracts is now open

NEHA is now accepting submissions for abstracts to present at the 2016 Annual Educational Conference (AEC) & Exhibition in San Antonio. This is your opportunity to become a leader in your field by imparting your knowledge and experience on the environmental health community.

NEHA is seeking abstracts that bring the latest advances in environmental health, as well as unique responses to environmental health and protection problems. Practical applications in both the public and private sectors should be emphasized along with the latest in proven emerging technologies.

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Two webinars from EPA on asthma and environmental health

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) presents two webinars in the next few weeks related to IPM in schools.

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Upcoming Webinar: Development and Implementation of a School Environmental Health Program

Register for EPA’s upcoming webinars to learn more about healthy schools and the soon to be released Voluntary Guidelines to States:  Development and Implementation of a School Environmental Health Program.

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Environmental health and pest management workshop

New Orleans Mosquito, Rodent & Termite Control is offering a two-day workshop that will offer comprehensive information in several areas of environmental health, vector and pest control. Principals of food and water safety, mass gatherings, and disaster management related to environmental health will be covered.

The speakers will be environmental health specialists from the Centers for Disease Control and entomologists from the City of New Orleans.

Louisiana environmental health specialists will earn 14 CEUs for attending the full workshop. Registration must be received by September 7th.

For more information please feel free to contact Cynthia Krohn at (504) 658-2400.