NEHA October 2022 Journal of Environmental Health

34 Volume 85 • Number 3 A D VANC EME N T O F T H E PRACTICE  D I R E C T F R OM C D C E N V I R ONM E N TA L H E A LT H S E R V I C E S Introduction Environmental health affects everyone. The air we breathe, the food we eat, the water we drink, and other aspects of the environment in which we live, work, and play all have a direct impact on our health. The Environmental Health Nexus (EH Nexus) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a new communication network for sharing information about environmental public health topics. It is managed by the associate director for the communication team in the Division of Environmental Health Science and Practice (DEHSP). “CDC’s EH Nexus communicates about environmental health projects across the agency such as environmental justice and climate and health, providing partners and the public with information, guidance, and recommendations. We look forward to collaborating with environmental health practitioners, academia, and our local, state, federal, territorial, and international partners about these important issues,” stated CDR Anna Khan, associate director for communication for DEHSP within the National Center for Environmental Health at CDC. The network was created to help CDC actively communicate about environmental public health with interested members of the public and public health colleagues whose work involves environmental health concerns. It promotes the communication work of the branches within DEHSP, as well as collaborates with internal and external partners. Our network can be divided into four pillars: webinars and conferences, newsletters, communication partners, and expanded outreach activities. Background Environmental health specialists work in many diŠerent public health fields such as food and water safety, air quality improvement, emergency management, climate change adaptation, and childhood lead poisoning prevention. They work in a wide range of organizations, including health departments at all levels, federal agencies, international public health agencies, private industry, and nongovernmental organizations. They have acquired skills and insight from academics and on-theground experience that cannot be simulated. The depth and breadth of their knowledge is an incredible resource for colleagues, decision makers, and the public. The Environmental Health Nexus The CDC EH Nexus is a hub for a variety of communication activities that connect resources, tools, and people involved in environmental public health work. Environmental health professors, subject matter experts, environmental health specialists, and interested members of the public are able to share their insight and guidance through the EH Nexus. The COVID-19 pandemic and other recent events have created an unprecedented demand for these skills. We created the EH Nexus to bring together subject matter experts and practitioners to share skills, lessons learned, useful tools, and other critical knowledge. We are not just sharing with each other, we are also sharing with interested members of the public and key stakeholders. EH Nexus webinars provide applicable content for professionals and the public about important environmental health topics, such as climate change and its impact on The Environmental Health Nexus: A Communication Hub Ed i tor ’s Not e : The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) strives to provide up-to-date and relevant information on environmental health and to build partnerships in the profession. In pursuit of these goals, we feature this column on environmental health services from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in every issue of the Journal. In these columns, authors from CDC’s Water, Food, and Environmental Health Services Branch, as well as guest authors, will share tools, resources, and guidance for environmental health practitioners. The conclusions in these columns are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the o…cial position of CDC. CDR Anna Khan is the associate director for communication and Jonathan Lynch is the deputy associate director for communication in the Division of Environmental Health Science and Practice within CDC. CDR Anna Khan, MA, REHS, RS Jonathan Lynch, MBA-PM