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WEHA 2019 Educational Conference

Day 1 (Wednesday, October 16)- General Environmental Health Sessions: Carbon Monoxide poisoning reporting, Source of Lead Poisoning, Safe Spaces for Children, Addressing PFAS in Wisconsin, Drug and Meth Cleanup, Legal Issues with Human Health Hazards, Roundtable Sessions: opioid cleanup, radon in schools, flooding response, algal blooms

57th Annual Yankee Conference

The 57th Annual Yankee Conference on Environmental Health will be held from September 11-13, 2019 in Plymouth Massachusetts at Hotel 1620, Plymouth Harbor, 180 Water Street, Plymouth MA 0260.

The Conference is the annual conference of the NEHA New England Affiliates: Connecticut, Massachusetts, Northern New England (Maine New Hampshire, Vermont) and Rhode Island. The theme of this year's conference is “Hands on Environmental Health”. 

2019 Health in All Policies Mini-Grants

Little girl drinking water from a glassHealth in All Policies and Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention

NEHA, with funding from CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health  and in partnership with the National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH), the National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO), and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), is supporting  local governmental agencies to implement a Health in All Policies strategy as part of their lead prevention implementation program and activities.

The partners chose projects that build and support cross-sector relationships, integrate data systems, and incorporate health into a variety of existing decision-making processes. The activities funded will significantly expand the range of models and best practices using a Health in All Policies approach to reduce childhood lead exposure by strengthening linkages of lead-exposed children to recommended services and strengthening targeted, population-based interventions.

The 2019 recipients’ projects were funded from January 15, 2019, to July 31, 2019. 


Meet the 2019 Health in All Policies (HiAP) GranteesThe 2019 Grantees

Allegheny County Health Department, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The mission of the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) is to protect, promote, and preserve the health and well-being of the over 1.2 million people – particularly the most vulnerable – in 130 municipalities served in their jurisdiction, including the City of Pittsburgh. Lead poisoning prevention has been part of the ACHD’s organizational mission for decades, and they are the only organization responsible for the investigation of lead exposure in Allegheny County, including the investigation of children with elevated blood lead levels, enforcement actions when hazards are identified, and education to help families reduce childhood exposures. The mini-grant will be used to expand and support Get the Lead Out, Pittsburgh, an emerging coalition of cross-sector community partners who are eager and willing to work on lead issues through a Health in All Policies lens, particularly on building cross-sector partnerships, integrating health into a variety of existing decision-making processes, and synchronizing messaging and communication across platforms.

Houston Health Department, Bureau of Community and Children’s Environmental Health, Houston, Texas
The mission of the Houston Health Department (HHD) is to work in partnership with the community to promote and protect the health and social well-being of Houston residents and the environment in which they live. HHD has two anchor programs that address lead poisoning prevention: a CDC Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP) and a HUD Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Program (LBPHCP). Together, these programs reduce the incidence and prevalence of childhood lead poisoning in Houston, educate healthcare professionals and the public about the hazards of childhood lead poisoning and screening guidelines, identify, track, and provide follow-up care to children with childhood lead poisoning, and abate lead paint in homes to remove a primary source of exposure. The mini-grant will be used to expand a recent, successful place-based lead poisoning prevention pilot to the Fifth Ward, a lead poisoning hot spot, by increasing availability of integrated lead hazard data, empowering community partners, and leveraging cross-sector partnerships.

Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness, Louisville, Kentucky
Louisville Metro Public Health and Wellness’ (LMPHW) mission is to achieve health equity and improve the health and well-being of all residents and visitors. Their efforts include working to create social and physical environments to improve health and well-being. Reaching this goal requires working across sectors to explore how practices and policies affect health. LMPHW embraces a Health in All Policies approach to facilitate common goals, complementary roles, and ongoing constructive relationships between public health, healthcare, and other sectors in the Louisville/Jefferson County community. The mini-grant will be used to participate in and support Louisville’s United Community initiative to create a shared data platform that will seamlessly connect people to the services they need. In addition to the data platform development, LMPHW will focus strategically on planning and executing two community advisory committee meetings to engage local Louisville community and agency partners, as well as re-establishing relationships with state-level partners to advance lead poisoning prevention and policy best practices, strategic planning, health impact assessments, community engagement, and health and equity.