Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

Join the UNCOVER EH Effort!

Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

Join the UNCOVER EH Effort!

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Understanding the Needs, Challenges, Opportunities, Vision, and Emerging Roles in Environmental Health (UNCOVER EH) is a national initiative between NEHA, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Baylor University to learn more about the environmental health profession.

The study, scheduled to begin this year, will consist of an online survey and in-person workshops of environmental health professionals working at health departments. Its purpose is to describe the environmental health workforce, understand the challenges environmental health professionals face to ensure healthy communities, and learn more about the resources and training needed to address current and emerging environmental health issues.

"We are pleased to lead a study that exclusively examines the single largest segment of the public health workforce--environmental health. While many other workforce studies have been conducted over the years, this comprehensive study is the first to be conducted by the environmental health profession for the environmental health profession," said Dr. David Dyjack, NEHA executive director.

Efforts of environmental health professionals are critical for protecting public health and the environment, yet these efforts often go unnoticed until problems occur (e. …

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