EHTER: Where Does It Go From Here?

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                                               EHTER: Where Does It Go
                                               From Here?
     martin A. Kalis,    cAPt mark d.
           mA            miller, mPh, rS

                                                                                                 During emergencies and disasters, environ-
     e d i t o r ' s n o t e : This is the second of two columns this month about             mental health professionals perform many
     the Environmental Health Training in Emergency Response (EHTER) Aware-                   critical functions, such as conducting shel-
     ness Level course. NEHA strives to provide up-to-date and relevant informa-              ter assessments, testing drinking water sup-
                                                                                              plies, performing food safety inspections, and
     tion on environmental health and to build partnerships in the profession. In
                                                                                              controlling disease-causing vectors. Many of
     pursuit of these goals, we feature a column from the Environmental Health                these functions may already fall within the
     Services Branch (EHSB) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention                 existing role of environmental health pro-
     (CDC) in every issue of the Journal.                                                     grams, but emergencies and disasters present
       In this column, EHSB and guest authors from across CDC will highlight a                additional challenges and needs. The EHTER
                                                                                              Awareness Level course teaches students how
     variety of concerns, opportunities, challenges, and successes that we all share          to apply environmental health information
     in environmental public health. EHSB’s objective is to strengthen the role of            during emergency response and addresses the
     state, local, and national environmental health programs and professionals               following areas from this perspective:
     to anticipate, identify, and respond to adverse environmental exposures and              •	 disaster management,
                                                                                              •	 responder safety,
     the consequences of these exposures for human health. The services being
                                                                                              •	 potable water,
     developed through EHSB include access to topical, relevant, and scientific in-           •	 wastewater,
     formation; consultation; and assistance to environmental health specialists,             •	 solid waste and hazardous materials,
     sanitarians, and environmental health professionals and practitioners.                   •	 food safety,
       The conclusions in this article are those of the author(s) and do not neces-           •	 vector control and pest management,
                                                                                              •	 building assessments,
     sarily represent the views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
                                                                                              •	 shelters, and
       Martin A. Kalis is a public health advisor for emergency preparedness and              •	 radiation.
     response in CDC’s Environmental Health Services Branch (EHSB). He is also                   The EHTER Awareness Level course is
     the vice-chair of NEHA’s Terrorism and All-Hazards Preparedness Techni-                  available to the environmental health work-
     cal Section. CAPT Mark Miller is a senior environmental health officer in                force in state, local, and tribal jurisdictions in
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