At the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, our Environmental Public Health Service Area collaborates closely with local, county, regional, statewide, and national officials to address the needs and concerns of our residents and community partners. Environmental Public Health is the branch of public health that is concerned with all aspects of the natural and built environment that may affect human health and aspects related to how humans impact the environment.
Our scope of practice in environmental public health is conducted by Registered Sanitarians as defined in Ohio Revised Code Chapter 4736, a watershed coordinator, a health educator and registered nurses that includes, but is not limited to, organization, management, prevention education, investigation, monitoring, trending, enforcement, consultation, and emergency preparedness and response for the purpose of prevention of environmental health hazards and the promotion and protection of the public health and the environment in the following areas: food protection; indoor air quality; housing; institutional environmental health; land use; air pollution; community noise control; injury prevention; recreational swimming areas and waters; electromagnetic radiation control; solid, liquid, and hazardous materials management; on-site septic systems; vector control; drinking water quality; sustainability; climate change; watershed management; chemical exposures; emergency preparedness and response and the integration of related public health disciplines to attack the burdens of chronic disease.
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