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  • ASTHO Thanks the Public Health Community

    ASTHO is celebrating Public Health Thank You Day by thanking all state and territorial public health professionals for their tireless work and service in helping to protect and improve the nation’s health. This year, ASTHO’s president and members of the board of directors reflect on what they are most thankful for as public health leaders and offer a “thank you” message to some of their own personal mentors.

  • The Right Track: ASTHO’s Environmental Public Health Tracking Fellowship

    From the air we breathe to the water we drink, our health is directly impacted by the health of our environment. But how many of us have considered the possible threat of Radon, the potentially poisonous gas, seeping into our newly acquired dream home? Or how to make time-sensitive decisions about protecting our family’s health during a wildfire smoke event? Fortunately, CDC’s Environmental Public Health Tracking Program is working around the clock, focusing their state-based efforts on protecting people from these and other possible health threats.

  • As Cottage Food Production Increases, States Balance Economic Benefits and Food Safety

    Over the past few years, local and small-scale food production has increased in the United States. As of August 2018, there were 8,720 farmers markets listed in USDA’s National Farmers Market Directory, a seven percent increase since 2013. With the recent growth in demand for local foods and the increased availability of venues to purchase these foods, individuals are producing and selling more food and beverages made in home kitchens, commonly referred to as cottage foods. State and local health agencies are often responsible for enforcing food safety laws and regulating food production. By licensing and monitoring food production, health agencies are in a position to prevent, reduce, and mitigate outbreaks of foodborne illness.