The Revised Total Coliform Rule- Level 1 & Level 2 Assessments

AEHA blog readers will recall a detailed article earlier this year on the new revised total coliform rule (RTCR) by DEC staff. Many AEHA members provide technical assistance providers to community water systems. If you’re anything like me, you are still trying to figure out the ins and outs of the RTCR. Recently, I’ve been…

NEHA Update

Provided by Ned Therien, Region 1 VP, June 2016 A question I receive occasionally is how to convert a state RS credential to a National Environmental Health Association REHS/RS.  At times, state registration organizations have asked NEHA to allow a window of opportunity to facilitate reciprocity.  Some folks may have not taken advantage of such…

Meet your AEHA Board Members

The AEHA Publications Committee recently had a question & answer session with the current AEHA board members. Read on to learn more! President Name/Professional Credentials: Chris Dankmeyer, MSc, REHS BOD Position: President AEHA Member Since: 2004 – 2009, 2012-Present AEHA Priority(s): I want to engage Alaska’s past, present and future environmental health specialists to build…

Summer Intern Season!

Emily Cunis is a junior at Colorado State University, in Fort Collins, Colorado, studying environmental health and biomedical sciences. Emily became interested in environmental health to explore her interest in disease prevention and the relationship between human health and the environment. During her work with the Lakota people of Pine Ridge Reservation, she has fostered…

Member News

AEHA member, Katie Hubbard: Jack Thomas Hubbard was born at 4:49 AM on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 8 lbs., 3 oz. and 20 inches. He’s (usually) a pretty good sleeper at night and loves bath time and car rides. Katie and husband, Leigh, love watching how much he’s growing and changing day by day….

Seal Oil Team 6

For almost a year now, an elite team of health professionals and researchers have been meeting regularly to discuss the topic of seal oil. This elite group, called the Seal Oil Task Force, is chaired by Melissa Chlupach with NANA Management Services who wants to serve patients in Alaska’s Tribal Health System the foods they…

Jeff Smith

Beginning his career in 1988 in Dillingham, Jeff Smith directed the Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation’s environmental health and safety program and provided services to 37 remote villages in southwest Alaska. In 1992, Jeff transitioned to the Alaska Area Indian Health Service, as the Deputy Director of the Division of Environmental Health Services, and later…

Environmental Health in Action!

On February 25, 2016, the pictured fox was captured by the Bethel Police Department after exhibiting suspicious behavior. The carcass was delivered to the YKHC Office of Environmental Health for processing and submitted to the Alaska State Public Health Laboratory in Fairbanks. This specimen was negative for rabies. Contributed by Alyssa Gustafson, Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation

Cultural Carcinogenicity: Addressing Cancer Health Disparity and Culture

Contributed by Joe Sarcone, MSPH U.S. Department of Health and Human Services The findings and conclusions in this paper are those of the author and do not represent the views of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. According to the World Health Organization (2014) chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes…

The Revised Total Coliform Rule

Greetings from the DEC Drinking Water Program! As many of you are already probably aware, the EPA published revisions to the Total Coliform Rule, called the Revised Total Coliform Rule (RTCR), on February 13, 2013. This is one of the few drinking water rules that affect every public water system in the state, so we…

Alaska Safety Working Group Newsletter Excerpts

Excerpted from the December 2015 ASWG Newsletter Focus on Compliance The Joint Commission has identified the top eight physical environment standards that are frequently cited during surveys of hospitals and other health care facilities.To help address these issues, the American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) is collaborating with the Joint Commission to provide resources that…