Div EH Intro Transcript
This is a full transcript of the text of the Division of Environmental Health Introduction presentation.
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presentation itself, go here.
1. This is Lisa Conti, Director of the Division of Environmental
Health in the Department of Health. I am pleased to give you this
orientation to the critical public health work of the Division as part
of a Florida Department of Health.
2. Environmental health provides the basis of public health.
Improvements in sanitation, drinking water quality, food safety, disease
control, and housing conditions have been central to the significant
improvement in quality of life and longevity experienced over the last
hundred years. Environmental health practice addresses emerging health
risks arising from the pressures that human development places on the
3. What the 214 people in the Division along with the 67 county
health department, environmental health staff do everyday is work hard
to protect people from diseases they could get from their natural and
4. Many if our programs encompass the fundamental needs of living: food,
water and air. We also provide professional services in the arenas that
encompass the natural and built environments.
5. The State takes pride in the fact that Environmental Health leaders are
looked to as models for other states, winning awards or recognition in each of
the bureaus and division office services. Most recently, Florida is the first
health agency in the nation to have been accepted as a Smart Growth Network
6. Some of this success is due to setting short and long terms goals for each of
our program areas, so our staff know where were headed, even blindfolded.
7. The Division office provides guidance and policy for local environmental
health programs assuring the quality within the numerous services provided to
the 18 million residents and 40 million visitors to the state.
8. We work hard to make the Division a great place to work and encourage working
across bureaus, divisions and agencies to maximize effectiveness of our
9. This slide shows some of our partners who add to the environmental health
braintrust in the state
10. Our executive team is fortunate to work with excellent environmental health
professionals throughout the division and county health departments. From the
top left corner going counter clockwise are Dr. Carina Blackmore, Bill Passetti,
Eric Grimm, Ty Gentle, Monika Pitts, Kelly Nelson, Gerald Briggs, Bart Bibler,
Dr. Brian Hughes, Bill Reinhold, Daniel Parker and me, Lisa Conti. The next
slides give a brief overview of the major programs of the division.
11. Our Division includes an innovative group that seeks to support the
environmental health programs with appropriate technology and preparedness
12. Some of the projects of this group include:
- training EH Strike Team statewide
- providing in-house training programs through technologies such as this
software I'm using today
- developing a Paperless Inspection Field Capture System
- developed Intra/Extra net Sharepoint sites used nationwide
- providing Environmental Health Preparedness lectures for numerous national
agencies (including CDC, NEHA)
13. This group brought several innovations forward for the benefit of the
department, including Geographic information systems support; bringing a free
software, Sharepoint, to the department that fosters sharing of information and
collaborative work products; preparing a system to track legislation important
to the department; having a vision for and working toward paperless systems; and
bringing this technology, Breeze to the department to support training.
14. Division staff also had the vision for and built the Education Resource
Center that is heavily used by the department for trainings and presentations
15. Outside of the states emergency operations center, the Division was the
site of the Departments Emergency Support Function 8 response during the
multiple 2004 hurricanes. Staff were deployed during the long haul -- from the
initial recovery stages throughout the hurricane responses and are till
addressing lingering environmental public health issues from the widespread
16. Our toxicology and health assessment group are a vital part of environmental
public health medicine
17. Our programs include Health Assessment/Consultations for Hazardous Waste
Sites, Toxicological issues, and surveillance of Hazardous Substance Emergency
Events and Pesticide Exposures
18. The Division houses the Department's environmental epidemiology and
veterinary public health Programs
19. Recognizing that theres a need for collaboration across veterinary and
human medicine, one Health initiatives are at the convergence of animal, human
and ecosystem health. The One Health arena includes, pandemic influenza, and
emerging infectious diseases which are frequently zoonotic
20. There are a number of initiatives in the environmental epidemiology and one
health arena that support the county health departments. These staff are
recognized leaders in coalition building
21. Community EH programs are numerous and geared to protect our most vulnerable
22. The Bureau of Community Environmental Health administers surveillance,
investigation and preventative programs designed to reduce illness and prevent
disease caused by exposure to environmental factors. The bureau consists of over
20 preventive public health programs and approximately 60 Environmental Health
Professionals. To assure that our entire workforce is properly trained and
professional this Bureau oversees the environmental health professional
23. The Bureau of Onsite Sewage Programs not only protects human health but in
doing so make for sound environmental stewardship
24. The Bureau is Involved in wastewater planning, policy setting and public
education activities at the national, state and local levels. Florida is one of
eight states recognized by US EPA for their commitment to protecting human
health and the environment through the adoption of US EPAs Voluntary Guidelines
for Management of Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems.
25. Our water programs staff are known as the guardians of safe water
26. Our Water programs include: Private Well Testing, Well Surveillance, Healthy
Beaches Program largest in nation, and a national model Public Swimming Pool
Program. Our staff serve on Center for Disease Control and reventions Model Code
committee and the Association of State and territorial health Officers Water
27. Our highly trained, technical staff work to assure that Floridians are
protected from unnecessary radiation exposure.
28. The 5 major areas of the program include environmental radiation,
radioactive materials, inspections, radiation machines and radiologic technology
standards and non-ionizing radiation
29. Our health physics team is truly a model in the country for state-based
radiation control. Their efforts at training for natural or manmade disasters
actually brings Florida international attention. As a delegated state for the
Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Florida excels.
30. Getting back to the roots of environmental health means having public health
at the planning stage of community development
31. The obesity epidemic is costing us our health and having a huge economic
impact in terms of medical dollars. Both the Governors and Surgeon Generals top
priorities include addressing this issue.
32. Public health is focusing on community health. Programs like the Protocol
for Assessing Community Excellence tap into the residents needs to overcome the
barriers to wellness in their physical environment. This can be adding sidewalks
in a community, bringing them clean water or addressing housing needs.
33. We are about having an informed public and knowledgeable partners. The
Surgeon Generals 3 Ps seek to make advances in health through prevention,
preparedness and personal responsibility. Environmental Healths recent
prevention actions include: Engaging partners in Water, Wastewater and Zoonoses
Summits, Implementing community-based environmental health projects in more
counties than any other state.
34. The County Health Department Environmental Health staff were true heroes in
Floridas hurricane responses, reflecting their mastery of implementation and
ingenuity. Our experience from the natural disaster was complemented Trained
thousands of first responders and medical community in environmental health
preparedness including radiologic, biologic and chemical incidents.
35. Every person has a stake in environmental public health. As environments
deteriorate, so does the physical and mental health of the people who live in
them. There is a connection, for example, between the fact that the urban sprawl
we live with daily makes no room for sidewalks or bike paths and the fact that
we are an overweight, heart disease-ridden society. There are more people - and
pets- suffering from overnutrition than who are undernurished in this country.
Yet, we can all make choices everyday to work towards wellness.
36. We address the big picture environmental public health issues that are
impacting our every day life. It is our commitment for Florida to have Healthy
People, Healthy Homes and Healthy Communities.
37. Thank you for your investment in time to learn about what we do every day to
positively impact environmental public health. For more information about any of
our programs, please call us our or go to our website at www.myfloridaEH.com