One of the most fundamental aspects of environmental public health is maintaining high standards of quality and care for our food and water sources. Consumers rely on safe food at home and in the retail environment, so food safety inspections are key to ensuring adequate food safety. Partnerships between local and state health agencies, departments of agriculture, and federal food safety agencies create a framework for a safer food system.

Threats to drinking water as well as recreational water hazards come in many forms, with significant sources including per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), cyanobacteria, Legionella, and other waterborne contaminants. Strengthening wastewater surveillance programs and overall water infrastructure aids states in protecting the public from waterborne diseases.  

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State And Territorial Preparedness for Drinking Water Emergencies

This report summarizes recent findings and recommendations for enhancing state and territorial water preparedness and collaborative emergency response efforts.

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Digging Deeper Into Legionnaires’ Disease Guidance Needs for State and Territorial Health Agencies

See results and key takeaways from key informant interviews with five state health agencies regarding their Legionnaire's disease programs.

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Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances: Contaminants of Emerging Concern

This brief gives an overview of the public health significance of PFAS exposures, some challenges related to PFAS for state health agencies, and recent federal actions to protect communities from PFAS.

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Jurisdictions Using Policy to Address Unique Island Area Health Challenges

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Cyanobacterial Blooms and Associated Illnesses: A Clinician Training Module for Physicians and Healthcare Providers

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ASTHO Policy Watch 2022: Polyfluoroalkyl Substances

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Joining Forces to Advance Resiliency to Complex Disasters

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Legislative Prospectus: PFAS

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Approaches to Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS)

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