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Iowa Department of Public Health - Protecting and Improving the Health of Iowans

3/14/2017

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The Lead Professional Certification Program is planning to transition to an on-line certification system later this year.  At that time, we will also change from a one-year certification cycle to a three-year cycle. You can view all proposed changes to our Administrative Rules by clicking on this link:   https://www.legis.iowa.gov/docs/aco/arc/2969C.pdf

These changes are now in the “public comment” period.  If you would like to comment on these changes, please provide written comments to Kane Young, Bureau of Environmental Health Services, Iowa Department of Public Health, 321 East 12th Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50319. E-mails may be sent to kane.young@idph.iowa.gov.  Comments can also be made at the public hearing that will be held on Tuesday, April 4, 2017, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Lucas State Office Building, 321 East 12th Street, Des Moines, Iowa. This will be held in conference room 518."


For more information on Lead Poisoning Prevention, please visit our website at www.idph.iowa.gov/LPP



March 3rd funnel deadline of the legislative session. Here is a brief summary of the session so far:

 

Bottle Bill Repeal

HSB 163 passed out of the House Environmental Protection Committee on Wednesday. The bill repeals the current beverage container redemption law known as the Bottle Bill and replaces it with new recycling, litter control, and community enhancement programs. The current five-cent deposit and redemption system would be replaced with various fees with revenues dedicated to grants to fund the above-mentioned programs. The chair of the committee indicated the bill was likely going to take several legislative sessions to accomplish as the details need to be developed including how statewide recycling and litter control programs would be implemented.  This bill will be assigned a new file number since it passed out of committee.

 

Raw Milk

SF287 and SF310 were both assigned to Senate Agriculture subcommittees, but no meetings were ever held on the bills. While it is possible that raw milk could be added to another bill as an amendment, it is more than likely not going to come up again this session.

 

Food fees

SF303 and SSB1169 are both in the Senate Ways & Means committee (funnel proof) and have been assigned to different subcommittees  (SF303 – Feenstra, Brown and Jochum; SSB1169 – Anderson, Schultz an Jochum ). Sen. Schultz has agreed to manage the bill and has already requested (and been provided) supporting documents be forwarded to the committee members (thanks to IEHA members in Monona and Shelby counties for getting Sen. Schultz on board!)

 

Tanning

HF395 prohibits a tanning facility from allowing a person under 17 years of age to use a tanning device and is on the House debate calendar.

Iowa Department of Public Health Legislative Information
· Agency Reports. To review any report filed with the General Assembly by executive branch agencies, including IDPH, please go to https://www.legis.iowa.gov/publications/otherResources/reportsFiled

· The Iowa General Assembly website is a great source of legislative information. The address is www.legis.iowa.gov . Take a few minutes to check out the wealth of resources available.

· The Legislative Update is also posted on the IDPH website at http://www.idph.state.ia.us/IdphArchive/Archive.aspx?channel=LegislativeUpdates .

· To subscribe to the IDPH Legislative Update, please send a blank email to join-IDPHLEGUPDATE@lists.ia.gov.

  

Fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet. Like any raw fresh foods, naturally occurring bacteria in fresh fruits and vegetables can cause food poisoning.


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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