NEWS AND UPDATES

Updated Residential On-Site Wastewater

Treatment Information

DNR's Private Septic Systems webpage has been updated with a revised Residential On-Site Wastewater Treatment document. This publication will answer many questions that homeowners or potential homeowners, real estate agents and lenders may have about residential on­site wastewater treatment systems. Information is based on Iowa Administrative Code (IAC) 567-Chapter 69, Private Sewage Disposal Systems.

If you have questions about the new document or on-site systems, please contact Cory Frank, Iowa DNR, at 515-689-7941, or e-mail at Cory.Frank@dnr.iowa.gov.

NEHA Leadership Academy

Be the Environmental Health Leader You Want to Be


We now offer a comprehensive virtual leadership program specifically for Environmental Health professionals – the Environmental Health Leadership Academy – and applications for the class of 2023 are now being accepted.

This is a great opportunity for experienced professionals aspiring to be in leadership positions or for those simply interested in strengthening their influence in their focus area. 

"This Leadership Academy has been an awesome experience. I feel more confident when it comes to taking on more responsibility within my current role and will be prepared to advance within my department when the opportunity arises. I have been more exposed to topics in public health such as legal epidemiology, disaster risk assessments, and logic modeling that I was not aware of or very well versed in prior to this program. The opportunity to meet with a mentor every month and fellow environmental health leaders from across the country is invaluable."

                                                      ~ Current EH Leadership Academy Participant

The intensive, interactive 12-month program includes 4-hour monthly virtual modules to learn and collaborate with Leadership Academy peers as well as one-on-one mentoring sessions. The course content focuses on:
  • Managing You
  • Assessing Environmental Health Risks
  • Communications Skills
  • Strengthen, Support, and Mobilize Communities and Partnerships to Ensure Equity
  • Environmental Health Interventions
  • Emergency Management
  • Build and Maintain a Strong Organizational Infrastructure
  • Improve and Innovate Through Evaluation, Research, and Quality Improvement
  • Building a Diverse and Skilled Workforce
  • Performance Management
The program begins July 2022.

Eligibility
Individuals are eligible to apply for this competitive opportunity if they:
  • Are a full-time employee of a public health or environmental health agency/organization at the state, tribal, local, or territorial level
  • Have demonstrated commitment to a career in environmental health
  • Are committed to completing the 12-month program (i.e., attend the NEHA 2023 AEC, participate in group discussions, complete assigned tasks, etc.) 
  • Are a Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian (REHS/RS) (preferred, but not required)
  • Are willing to become a NEHA member if they are not already
Application Deadline: Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, June 10, 2022.
Learn more and apply today

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Subscribe to Environmental Health Services (EHS) for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For more information, visit www.cdc.gov/nceh/ehs.

Using Data to Improve Environmental Health (EH)

Standardizing EH data collection, sharing, and use can support innovative approaches to inform public health decision-making.


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IEHA makes the National NEHA news  

Focus on Iowa Environmental Health Association’s Credentialing Support

The Iowa Environmental Health Association (IEHA) does something remarkable for its members – particularly during these difficult economic times. IEHA not only promotes and provides proctored exams for several environmental health credentials, but in addition, it has been reimbursing members the cost of their exam fees for the C.E.H.T., R.E.H.S., and CP-FS certification exams (for qualified IEHA members) at its spring and fall conferences! NEHA salutes the Iowa affiliate and encourages all NEHA affiliates to consider taking similar steps to help their members elevate their professionalism even as budget and staff cuts threaten careers.

Why did they do this?

In 2005, one of the goals of the Iowa Affiliate was to promote credentialing through either the REHS or CEHT. In spring 2006, a small group of local environmental health practitioners obtained at least one of these professional credentials through NEHA. As these efforts were taking place, progress was also being made to create public health standards for Iowa. Among other things, the standards call for Environmental Health Managers to hold an appropriate credential. In view of this policy, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) worked with IEHA to develop credentialing study groups, which were partially funded through EH Capacity Building grants and/or preparedness funding. To attract more people to these study groups, IEHA stepped forward to offer to pay for the cost of the credentialing exams.

Paying for the Exams

Each spring, IEHA and IPHA hold an annual statewide conference for environmental health and public health professionals. The conference draws over 600 attendees on each day of the three-day event. Both IEHA and IPHA share in the proceeds from the conference. In addition, IEHA holds a fall conference every other year. IEHA is also a part of a multi-state regional affiliate conference that is held periodically. Proceeds from all of these events constitute the main funding source for the exam proctoring and reimbursement program.

How can YOUR Affiliate Replicate IEHA’s Success?

•  Do your homework!
•  Is there interest among your membership for a similar program?
•  How many of your members are preparing to become certified?
•  Approximately how many members each year would sit for an exam?
•  What would the yearly cost be to your affiliate for a similar program?
•  Are there capacity-building funding opportunities (federal or state level) that you could consider to fund your program?
•  Establish Program Goals!
•  If there is sufficient interest, develop attainable goals, by year, for your affiliate to achieve.
•  Create a committee to oversee the program and its development.
•  Network!
•  If sufficient interests exists, create a network within your state for:
•  Study groups by credential type
•  Work groups to research funding opportunities
•  Creation of a state-wide conference of environmental health and public health professionals (if one does not currently exist)
•  Connect with local and state officials of EH and PH programs to determine interest in and support for your program goals.
•  Communicate!
•  On your Web site, Newsletter(s), social media, or other avenues, share information about your program.
•  Welcome ideas on funding opportunities from others.
•  Connect with other Affiliate Presidents (contact information is available on the NEHA Web site and in the JEH) to find out about similar programs being conducted in other affiliates.
•  Share your program success stories with others.

Bed Bug Information Clearinghouse

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is launching an online Bed Bug Information Clearinghouse. It contains peer-reviewed bed bug outreach materials from a variety of different sources such as governments, universities and extension services. Stemming from a top recommendation from EPA’s Second Annual National Bed Bug Summit, the Bed Bug Information Clearinghouse is a collaborative effort between EPA and partners in the Federal Bed Bug Workgroup. 

The goal of the Bed Bug Information Clearinghouse is to provide a “one-stop” location for communities throughout the country to exchange information and outreach materials on the control, detection and prevention of bed bugs. This will help communities conserve resources and provide improved effectiveness and accuracy of community outreach materials. 

The Clearinghouse is searchable based on:

  • Audience – such as Hotels, Health Centers, Housing Authorities, Schools, Shelters, Residential Consumers, etc.
  • Topic – Detection, Prevention, Non-chemical Control, Management, Pesticides
  • Type of product – Outreach Materials such as Factsheets, Brochures, Websites, etc.


The Clearinghouse will include information in English and other languages as available. Some of the current information focuses on identifying and treating bed bug infestations in various types of situations. In addition, there is information on several different types of treatments such the use of heat to kill bed bugs.

While there is no quick fix for bed bug infestations, having accurate information about bed bug control will help keep the public from over-applying or misusing pesticides. There are a variety of non-chemical approaches for controlling, detecting and preventing bed bugs that have been shown to be effective, including:

  • Checking for bed bugs on luggage and clothing when returning from a trip
  • Looking for bed bugs or signs of an infestation on second-hand items, such as a sofa or bed, before bringing the item into your home
  • Reducing clutter where bed bugs can hide
  • Using a protective cover that encases mattresses and box springs


A more informed public is a better partner in the control, detection and prevention of bed bugs. With the help of community advocates distributing outreach materials from the Clearinghouse to the public, EPA hopes that this will lead to increased prevention as well as a reduction in infestations. 

Visit the Bed Bug Information Clearinghouse at http://www.epa.gov/opp00001/bedbugs/bedbug-clearinghouse.html . 

For more information on bed bugs, visit http://www.epa.gov/bedbugs/.

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   Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance

An individual may be at risk to develop mesothelioma if he or she was exposed to asbestos in the workplace or at home. Mesothelioma is caused by exposure to asbestos and the inhalation of asbestos particles. In most cases, mesothelioma symptoms will not appear in an individual exposed to asbestos until many years after the exposure has occurred. Those with a past asbestos exposure history experiencing symptoms should consult a physician with experience in accurately diagnosing mesothelioma. The earlier mesothelioma is diagnosed, the more likely it is to be caught at an early stage. Please visit the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance for more information . 


  U.S. Public Health Service (U.S. PHS)

  The US Public Health Service team is reaching out to environmental health associations across the country to make them aware of who the USPHS is and ways in which the USPHS can network together.
 

Get to know who the USPHS is and what services are provide as well as career opportunities. For more information:  http://www.ehopac.org/EHOPAC_Recruitment_handout05_2009.pdf


CHNA-HIP Environmental Health Data Sources

Available resources to assist with the community health needs assessment


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YAHOO! GROUPS

Are you looking for a unique way to communicate with your fellow Environmental Health colleagues?  This is a forum for Iowa Environmental Health Professionals to discuss job related topics, get answers and opinions to environmental questions as well as get updates from the IEHA Board. 

· Discussion forum, emailing listserve, networking!

· IEHA Committee  projects

· Sample policies, template letters, job descriptions

· Memos archived

· Extensive link library

· Photo sharing

· Contact lists, directories, member list

· Interactive polls, surveys

· Calendar of events

· Brochures/Info about upcoming workshops, training opportunities

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