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Section Newsletter
Spring 2011

National Environmental Updates

National Environmental Public Health Tracking Conference:

Tracking in Action: Leading the Way to Better Environmental Public Health

September 12-15, 2011- Ritz Carlton, Atlanta


The 2011 National Environmental Public Health Tracking Conference, "Tracking in Action: Leading the Way to Better Environmental Public Health" will unite the environmental public health community and provide opportunities to:

  • Discuss and highlight successes of environmental public health and the National Environmental Public Health Tracking Program.
  • Share innovative approaches and reflect on lessons learned along the way.
  • Discuss the future of environmental public health.
  • Build partnerships and identify next steps for environmental public health tracking.

Abstract Submission Deadline - June 20, 2011

Session Topics Include:

      Tracking in Action

      Science in Action

      Informatics in Action

      Communications in Action

Hotel Information:

The conference will be held at the Ritz Carlton, Atlanta.  A block of rooms has been reserved under the ITNITNA group code for a reduced rate of $132.  Register by Monday, August 22, to ensure that you receive the reduced rate.

To register and for more information, please visit

Regional Asthma Management and Prevention: Bleach Exposure in Child Care Settings: Strategies for Elimination or Reduction Report

In 2008, the San Francisco Asthma Task Force started a pilot project to identify methods for infection control practices that eliminate or reduce child care operator exposure to bleach. The final report and associated materials are available at

The Minnesota Department of Health is pleased to announce the launch of a new, free, online training.  The training was developed as part of an EPA grant and is titled, Reducing Environmental Triggers of Asthma in the Home, or RETA Home.  This training is designed for public health nurses and certified asthma educators and takes about 40 minutes to complete.  It teaches about the triggers of asthma found in the home and suggests simple, realistic interventions that helps limit or eliminate exposure to these triggers.

The program also features a resource section that can be accessed after the training has been completed.

To view this training program, please go to:

New EPA Lawn Care Videos Encourage Healthy and Environmentally Friendly Practices

The EPA has created a series of new videos to encourage homeowners and communities to adopt healthy lawn care practices as a means of reducing pesticide risk to human health and the environment. Healthy, environmentally friendly lawn and landscape practices can reduce erosion, stream sedimentation, flooding and runoff of pollutants into local waterways as well as risk of pesticide exposure to children, adults, pets and wildlife.

The video series was developed to educate homeowners, garden clubs, civic associations and others seeking a healthy, environmentally friendly lawn. In addition, the video was created as an educational tool to assist federal, state and local government agencies, master gardeners and community-based groups with their existing outreach and education efforts. The series is available in a four-minute format, an extended 11-minute format and several short, topic-specific versions. Topics covered include soil testing, watering, mowing, weed and pest control, fertilizer use, aerating soil and controlling runoff.

To view the EPA's new healthy lawn care practices videos, visit:

From Canadian Environmental Law Association

HEALTHY RETROFITS: The Case for Better Integration of Children’s

Environmental Health Protection into Energy Efficiency Programs

March 2011

"This report is a key milestone within a two-year Ontario-focused project of the Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health and Environment that aims to raise awareness of the risks to fetal and child health from potential exposures to environmental contaminants during and after energy efficiency retrofits. The project also aims to increase awareness among multiple players about measures that can be taken to help reduce these risks.

This report, prepared by the Canadian Environmental Law Association as a contribution to the broader project, provides a review and analysis of key issues, programs, educational and policy tools, and gaps. It describes multiple opportunities where greater integration between the field of children’s environmental health and energy efficiency initiatives can and should occur, and offers specific recommendations for improvement in education, training and policy."

The Executive Summary hits these points:

  • Children are at greatest risk from toxic exposures; renovation activities can significantly increase this risk.
  • Analysis of energy efficiency programs reveals insufficient attention to indoor environmental health concerns.
  • Research reveals a lack of training, awareness among energy efficiency auditors and other building professionals.


Current opportunities exist for improvement.

<!-Recommendations: these derive from the research and stakeholder consultation conducted for this report. The overall objective of these recommendations is to seek the integration of the two broad issue areas discussed in the report – indoor environmental health and energy efficiency retrofits -– by identifying specific opportunities for improvement.

Read more (PDF) 

Table of Contents, Public Health Reports, Volume 126, Supplement 1: Healthy People in a Healthy Environment

Introduction to Healthy People in a Healthy Environment

Hugh M. Mainzer, MS, DVM / Daphne B. Moffett, PhD

Comprehensive Environmental Public Health

Christopher J. Portier, PhD

Teaching Home Environmental Health to Resident Physicians

Joseph S. Zickafoose, MD / Stuart Greenberg, MS / Dorr G. Dearborn, PhD, MD

Healthy Homes University: A Home-Based Environmental Intervention and Education Program for Families with Pediatric Asthma in Michigan

Thomas W. Largo, MPH / Michele Borgialli, MPH, MSW / Courtney L. Wisinski, BS / Robert L. Wahl, DVM, MS / Wesley F. Priem, BS

Oklahoma Healthy Homes Initiative

Fahad Khan, MPH

Making Child Care Centers SAFER: A Non-Regulatory Approach to Improving Child Care Center Siting

Margaret L. Harvey, MPH / Tarah S. Somers, RN, MSN/ MPH / Sharee Major Rusnak, MSPH, ScD

Promoting Active Transportation as a Partnership Between Urban Planning and Public Health: The Columbus Healthy Places Program

Christine Godward Green, MCRP / Elizabeth G. Klein


Animal Sentinels for Environmental and Public Health

John S. Reif, DVM, MSc

The 2009 National Environmental Public Health Conference: One Model for Planning Green and Healthy Conferences

Perri Zeitz Ruckart, MPH / Cory Moore, MPH / Deborah Burgin, PhD / Maggie Kelly Byrne, BA


Health Outcomes and Green Renovation of Affordable Housing

Jill Breysse, MHS / David E. Jacobs, PhD / William Weber, MARCH / Sherry Dixon, PhD / Carol Kawecki, MA, RN / Susan Aceti, MSW / Rajni Lopez, MPH


Primary Prevention of Lead Exposure: The Philadelphia Lead Safe Homes Study

Carla Campbell, MD, MS / Mary Tran, MPH / Edward Gracely, PhD / Naomi Starkey, MPH, CPH, CHES / Hans Kersten, MD / Peter Palermo, MS / Nancy Rothman, MEd, MSN, EdD / Laura Line, MS / Tine Hansen-Turton, MGA, JD


Nurse Case Management and Housing Interventions Reduce Allergen Exposures: The Milwaukee Randomized Controlled Trial

Jill Breysse, MHS / Jean Wendt, BS / Sherry Dixon, PhD


Attitudes about Carbon Monoxide Safety in the United States: Results from the 2005 and 2006 HealthStyles Survey

Michael E. King, MSW, PhD / Scott A. Damon, MAIA, CPH


Carbon Monoxide Poisoning After an Ice Storm in Kentucky, 2009

Emily C. Lutterloh, MD, MPH / Shahed Iqbal / Jacquelyn H. Clower / Henry A. Spiller / Margaret A. Riggs, PhD, MPH, MS / Tennis J. Sugg, MPH / Kraig E. Humbaugh, MD, MPH / Betsy L. Cadwell, MSPH / DouglasThoroughman, PhD, MS


Hazards of Illicit Methamphetamine Production and Efforts at Reduction: Data from the Hazardous Substances Emergency Events Surveillance System

Natalia Melnikova, MD, PhD / Wanda Lizak Welles, PhD / Rebecca E. Wilburn, MPH / Steve Rice, BA / Jennifer Wu, MS / Martha Stanbury, MSPH


Healthy Workplaces: The Effects of Nature Contact at Work on Employee Stress and Health

Erin Largo-Wight, PhD / W. William Chen, PhD, CHES / Virginia Dodd, PhD,MPH / Robert M. Weiler, PhD, MPH


Residential Light and Risk for Depression and Falls: Results from the LARES Study of Eight European Cities

Mary Jean Brown, ScD, RN / David E. Jacobs, PhD

Poverty, Sprawl, and Restaurant Types Influence Body Mass Index of Residents in California Counties

Jennifer Gregson, PhD, MPH


Effects of a Television Drama about Environmental Exposure to Toxic Substances

May G. Kennedy, PhD, MPH / Elizabeth Eustis Turf, PhD / Maureen Wilson-Genderson, PhD / Kristen Wells, MPH / Grace C. Huang, MPH /Angela Beck, MPH


Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Lesson Plans

The National Education Associations Health Information Network now has Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools lesson plans available at

They are currently provided as on PDF with an index page to help users navigate to any specific lesson plan.


Program Planning

As APHA’s 139th Annual Meeting & Exposition approaches (Oct. 29-Nov. 2 in Washington, DC..), the Environment Section Program Planning Committee has been hard at work crafting a strong program for you. This year, the APHA Environment Section received over 200 individual abstract submissions and a record 39 proposals for full sessions.  This year’s selection of oral and poster sessions will highlight the meeting theme, “Healthy Communities Promote Healthy Minds & Bodies,” with explorations of theory, practice and public policy across the spectrum of environmental health issues. The Section values the invited sessions and individual abstracts as key opportunities to develop and maintain the national dialogue on persistent and emerging environmental public health issues.  Additionally, the Program Planning Committee is excited about the submissions from professionals who have recently joined APHA and have chosen the Environment Section as their APHA “home,” including urban planners, nurses, policy organizations, and transportation experts.  In addition to the regular Environment Section program, look forward to the annual Calver Lecture and luncheon, and opportunities to network with your peers in environmental health.  

This year will also mark the 100th Anniversary of the Environment Section of APHA.  Please keep on the lookout for 100th Anniversary themed scientific sessions.  And don’t forget about the 100th Anniversary reception being held on Halloween night.  This reception will be held after the Monday evening socials so we look forward to seeing you there.

In closing, the Environment Section’s Program Planning Committee is very appreciative of the high-quality submissions that will comprise this year’s scientific program. Furthermore, the development of this program would not have been possible without the dedication of our numerous abstract reviewers. We cannot thank you enough.  

New Goals for APHA 2011

Less Trash!  Less Plastic!

The 2011 APHA Annual Meeting theme "Healthy Communities Promote Healthy Minds and Bodies" gives APHA members an opportunity to build on the 2009 and 2010 themes of Water and Social Justice as public health priorities.

As Chairs of the Food & Nutrition and Environment Sections, we invite you to get involved in supporting these priorities during the 2011 Annual Meeting:

Green Goals. The Food and Environment Working Group, the Environment Section's 100th Anniversary Committee, and APHA are setting goals to reduce waste and promote a sustainable, just, and healthy food and water system.

Got Trash?  We encourage everyone at the 2011 APHA Annual Meeting to increase efforts to reduce trash, especially paper and plastic.

 The Diversion Rate (the recycling/trash ratio) in D.C. at the 2007 APHA Annual Meeting was 34 percent.

The Diversion Rate in Denver at APHA 2010 was 52.75 percent. 

Can we achieve a Diversion rate of 75 percent at APHA 2011?

 -- Bring your own refillable bottles.  Please note that the Walter E Washington Convention Center's food service sinks and water fountains provide filtered water.

 -- Plan events using local resources and services that encourage wise use of water and other resources. 

-- Seek food sourced from sustainable producers and distributors.

-- If using disposables, use compostable products and use the facility compost program.  Label containers so compostables do not go into the waste stream.

-- Take advantage of the DC Convention Center's Green Initiatives

Be an Ambassador of public health and social justice in your own community. Promote information about the social justice, public health and environmental problems caused by bottled water and water privatization, especially disposable plastic water bottles. Use the "Resources and References" below and on the Food and Environment Working Group’s Facebook page:

Learn more about what APHA Environmental Initiatives go to this link:

Share ideas for waste reduction at the 2011 APHA Annual Meeting's programs, scientific sessions, events and exhibits. Send your questions and suggestions to Ellie Goldberg and join the conversation on the Food and Environment Working Group’s Facebook page


Deirdra Chester, Food & Nutrition Section Chair
Sacoby Wilson, Environment Section Chair

National Pesticide Information Center

As a fellow member of the Environment Section, I would like to announce the launch this month of the new National Pesticide Information Center's website and the resources of interest for public health professionals.

More than 200 pages of original pesticide content are now available on topics such as safe use practices, steps to reduce pesticide risk to the people and the environment, and low-toxicity strategies for pest control in the garden and home. The new site includes fact sheets and podcasts available in English and Spanish and can be found at

NPIC receives more than 25,000 questions from all 50 states and several countries each year and can address questions in more than 170 different languages. You are welcome to distribute our phone number in publications; you may also make direct referrals.

Whether you're a public health professional, homeowner or physician, you can get objective information about pesticides used for controlling everything from bed bugs to weeds.

Reach the National Pesticide Information Center at (800) 858-7378, 6:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Saturday or by e-mail at

Update on APHA Book Publications – June 2011

I am very pleased to announce that there are a number books in production as well proposals for books that have been accepted, and work on them is under way.  Furthermore, several authors of current products will be available to sign their books at the Fall APHA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

APHA members of all Sections are encouraged to use existing, new and emerging products in their academic courses. These resources are also very relevant to policy, prevention, advocacy and client care initiatives. Please encourage your colleagues to use these timely and evidence-based resources.  Go to the APHA website to find out more: 

We are also looking for new proposals for books. If you have an idea for a book, please send a few paragraphs describing the idea, intended audience and your qualifications to Nina Tristani, Director of Publications, APHA,

Thank you for supporting APHA Books and promoting these products.

Norman Giesbrecht, PhD, Chair, APHA Publications Board



o   Environmental Health and Racial Equity in the United States, Authors: Robert D. Bullard, PhD; Glenn S. Johnson, PhD; and Angel O. Torres, MCP

Books at Printer in June

·         Megacities and Public Health, Omar Khan, MD, MHS

·         Public Health Management of Disasters, 3rd edition, Linda Landesman

Books Currently in Production

  • Injury Prevention for Children and Adolescents: Research Practice, and Advocacy, 2nd edition, Karen D. Liller, PhD
  • School –Based Health Care, Terri Wright, MPH and Jeanita Richardson, PhD

Books in Development

  • Control of Communicable Diseases Manual, 20th Edition
  • Control of Communicable Diseases Lab Book
  • Compendium of Methods for the Examination of Foods, 5th Edition
  • Caring for Our Children, 3rd edition
  • Standard Methods for the Examination of Water and Wastewater, 22nd edition


·         Communicating Public Health Information Effectively is now on Kindle.

Co-sponsored Books

Jossey-Bass: Emerging Infectious Diseases published in April 2011.


Jones and Bartlett Learning books to be published before the 2011 Annual Meeting: Essentials of Biostatistics in Public Health, Essential Case Studies in Public Health: Putting Public Health into Practice, Global Health 101, Field Epidemiology in Public Health Practice, Epidemiology in Women's Health, Essentials of Health, Culture and Diversity, Epidemiology of Chronic Disease, Introduction to Air Pollution Science, and Essentials of Program Planning and Evaluation.


APHA is also co-publishing with Wiley, Designing Healthy Communities by Richard Jackson.  The book is a companion to a PBS series to air this fall.

Registration is now open for the APHA 139th Annual Meeting

Registration is now open for the APHA 139th Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C., Oct. 29 - Nov. 2, 2011.  More than 1,000 cutting edge scientific sessions will be presented by public health researchers, academicians, policy-makers and practitioners on the most current public health issues facing the nation today. For registration and more information about the Annual Meeting, visit

Our Section will have a strong presence at the meeting. View the sessions sponsored by our Section in the interactive Online Program ). Search the program using keyword, author name or date. Don’t forget to visit the Section and SPIG pavilion in the Public Health Expo next to Everything APHA to speak to a Section representative. 


Need-based scholarships available for students to attend Annual Meeting

APHA is proud to announce the availability of need-based scholarships, sponsored by External Medical Affairs, Pfizer Inc., for student members to attend the 139th Annual Meeting and Exposition in Washington, D.C., from Oct. 29-Nov. 2, 2011.  Twelve students will be granted registration and up to a $500 stipend to use toward food, lodging and transportation.  An additional four students will be given Annual Meeting registration only.  Recipients of the scholarships will be chosen based on financial need and essay.  As part of the award, students will be strongly encouraged to attend at least one Section business meeting.  Please inform the student members of your Section about this unique opportunity!  Visit: for complete details and application.  Please contact Pooja Bhandari at with any questions. 

Public Health and Transportation

These are exciting times when considering the many ways our transportation systems impact health and equity in our communities. Congress extended the current federal surface transportation bill until Sept. 30, 2011, and Congressional committees are aiming to draft a new transportation bill before this latest extension ends.

Want to learn more about the connections between transportation, equity and health? View our archived webinar series, subscribe to the monthly transportation and health eNewsletter that offers an array of new events and updates, and download the newly-released online public health and transportation toolkit and accompanying resources today.

We also invite you to send a message to your members of Congress urging that they ensure that strong public health provisions are included in the federal surface transportation reauthorization. For more information, visit

Final Call for Section Awards Nominations


Deadline is TODAY, June 10, 2011

Nominations for Section Awards are now closing. 

 In particular, the three major Awards include the Section’s Distinguished Service Award (DSA), the Damu Smith Environmental Achievement Award, and the presenter for the annual Homer N. Calver Lecture, our flagship event during the APHA Annual Meeting.

The DSA is presented to someone who has exhibited outstanding service to the Section, the field of Environment Health, and APHA.  There are many deserving members of our organization, so please submit their names accompanied with a short letter of support.

We are accepting suggestions for the D. Smith Achievement Award winner -- an environmental health worker who has contributed to the profession particularly in the areas of environmental quality improvement, environmental justice and quality of life.

The Calver Lecture is presented annually by a leader in environmental health, often from the geographic area where the APHA Annual Meeting is held (this year: Washington, D.C.).  Although the presenter’s primary message is usually geared for late-breaking and new innovation in the field of environmental health, this year the lecture is expected to have a historical flavor in celebration of our Section’s 100th Anniversary recognition.

There is only about a week left -- so take a moment to get  your nomination in !!

Please forward nominations to Leon Vinci, Awards Committee Chair, at the following address :

Silent Auction for 100 Year Anniversary Celebration

We Need Your Help!!

Dedline, TODAY, June 10, 2011

Calling all APHA members and beyond! As part of the Environment Section’s 100 Year Anniversary Celebration this year, the Section is planning to have a silent auction during the Social at the 2011 APHA Annual Meeting.  Funds raised will go directly to support the program areas of the Section (ex. student/poster scholarships, conference planning, community engagement activities, etc.). However, this effort requires your help in order to be successful.  We are looking for all who may have a product, service or idea to either lend/give to the silent auction or a lead that the Social Committee can follow-up on. Please consider how you may contribute to or support this effort and contact either Kacee Deener  at or Nse Witherspoon at with your ideas.  Thanks so much in advance and know that our combined efforts will only enhance the great work of the Environment Section moving forward!!

Communications Committee

There are now more ways to stay in touch and post messages:

  1. Would you like to receive the APHA Environment Section Weekly Updates? Just send a blank e-mail to
  2. Environment Section Facebook Group
  3. Environment Section Linked In Group
  4. Twitter: @aphaenvironment

Any questions?  Contact Rebecca Tave Gluskin at 

APHA Press Release

 APHA Press has released a new book on environmental health. From the "Father of Environmental Justice" comes Environmental Health and Racial Equity, a first-rate account of events, individuals and organizations that have shaped the environmental justice movement over the past two decades.

APHA Food and Environment Working Group


The APHA Food and Environment Working Group is a multi-disciplinary collaboration across APHA Sections, housed in the Food & Nutrition and Environment Sections. Colleagues work together to protect public health by promoting and cultivating a safe, healthy, just and sustainable food system.


If you would like to work with us toward these goals, contact Rebecca Klein, Working Group membership is open to all APHA members.


~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~  Resources and References ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

Bottled Water Myths


Bottled Water: Get the Facts 


Blue Gold, Maude Barlow