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National Public Health Week 2019
Posted on March 28, 2019
The Naugatuck Valley Health District celebrates
National Public Health Week 2019, April 1, 2019 – April 5, 2019
“During the first full week of April each year, the American Public Health Association (APHA) brings together communities across the United States to observe National Public Health Week (NPHW) as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation’s health.” (APHA, 2019). The APHA has identified the following public health topics for this year’s National Public Health Week:
Monday, April 1, 2019: Healthy Communities
Tuesday, April 2, 2019: Violence Prevention
Wednesday, April 3, 2019: Rural Health
Thursday, April 4, 2019: Technology and Public Health
Friday, April 5, 2019: Climate Change
Join Naugatuck Valley Health District in observing NPHW 2019 and become part of a growing movement to create the healthiest nation in one generation! During the week, we will celebrate the power of prevention and champion the role of a strong public health system. We are excited to announce the following community events during NPHW 2019. All community members are invited! Please monitor our website (www.nvhd.org) and our social media pages (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) for health-related tips, facts and any inclement weather updates.
All Week: Valley Letterbox Challenge
NVHD would like to challenge you to participate in a unique activity called letterboxing. Our letterboxing series includes some public health information, it’s fun and a great excuse for you to get some fresh air and exercise. You, your family and friends will seek out small hidden boxes that are planted in local public parks. The boxes are found by following a series of clues. Each box contains a logbook that you can sign and date and a unique hand-carved stamp that you can stamp into your own personal logbook. We will post a new clue each day during Public Health Week (letterboxing clues are also hosted by atlasquest.com and letterboxing.org).
We encourage participants to share a photo of their adventure with us by tagging us and using the hashtag #ValleyLetterboxChallenge. Photos may be shared on the Naugatuck Valley Health District’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!
Monday 4/1: Learn about NVHD’s Lead and Healthy Homes Programs
Did you know that NVHD has grant funding available to make homes safe from lead and safety hazards? Attend this event to learn more about the dangers from lead hazards, lead poisoning and prevention, and to see if you qualify for our Naugatuck Valley Emends Lead (NauVEL) Program! This program will be held at the Echo Hose Community Training Facility (430 Coram, Ave., Shelton, CT 06484) at 9:30AM. A light breakfast will be served. RSVP to Carol by email email@example.com or by phone at 203-881-3255.
Tuesday 4/2: Narcan Training
Join us for a Community Narcan and Opioids Training from 5:30-7:00PM at the NVHD office (98 Bank Street, Seymour, CT 06483). A limited supply of Narcan kits are available from the NVHD and Naugatuck Valley Medical Reserve Corps’ Naugatuck Valley Overdose Prevention & Education (N.O.P.E.) Campaign. Please register online at https://bit.ly/2YxsXqA.
Friday 4/5: Vector-Borne Diseases Walk and Talk
NVHD and the Kellogg Environmental Center invite you for a 1-hour guided nature walk beginning at the Kellogg Environmental Center (500 Hawthorne Ave., Derby, CT 06418). The walk will begin promptly at 12:00PM and conclude by 1:00PM. Learn about ticks and mosquito prevention and more! Registration is not required, but preferred: https://bit.ly/2HMw74r.
Naugatuck Valley Medical Reserve Corps
A great way to give back to the community and to increase your own knowledge and skills is by volunteering. The Naugatuck Valley Health District and Echo Hose Ambulance Company established the Naugatuck Valley Medical Reserve Corps (NVMRC) in 2012. No medical background is required. Join the NVMRC today to begin strengthening your emergency preparedness and response capability or join one of our special projects to help support public health activities in the Valley! For more information or to apply, please visit www.nvmrc.com or contact Unit Coordinator, Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope to see you at our events during National Public Health Week 2019!
March 2019 Newsletter
Posted on March 08, 2019
Download a copy of our March 2019 Newsletter here.
National Groundwater Awareness Week
Posted on March 11, 2019
Press Release from the CT Department of Public Health
March 11, 2019
MARCH 10-16 MARKS NATIONAL GROUNDWATER AWARENESS WEEK – CT PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICIALS ENCOURAGE PRIVATE WELL OWNERS TO TEST THEIR WATER
Hartford, CT – As many across the country this week observe National Groundwater Awareness Week, the Connecticut Department of Public Health (DPH) is encouraging more than 800,000 Connecticut residents who use private wells as their main source for drinking, bathing or cooking water to have their water tested for bacteria and other contaminants.
Connecticut does not require annual testing of private well water, leaving voluntary self-testing the only reliable way to find out if any groundwater contaminants have entered the well. Private wells in the northeast historically have found traces of the naturally occurring chemicals in well water. The Town of Glastonbury recently announced it would be testing private well water in specific neighborhoods due to elevated levels of uranium being discovered in local private wells.
“Water plays an essential role in everyone’s life. Yet for nearly one in five Connecticut residents who get their water from private wells, we have no way of knowing exactly what is in their water – unless we test,” said DPH Commissioner Dr. Raul Pino. “Proper maintenance and annual testing of private well water systems is essential to protecting the water quality and the health of those who rely on it. Testing is relatively simple and I encourage everyone in this state who uses a private well for water – find out what’s in your water. It’s good for everyone!”
National Groundwater Awareness Week is sponsored by the National Groundwater Association, a network of groundwater professionals nationwide whose mission is to promote public policies to enhance clean, safe groundwater and drinking water. 2019 marks the 20th anniversary of the observance of National Groundwater Awareness Week. The Connecticut DPH is encouraging home owners who use a private well to perform routine safety inspections and maintenance on their water system and annual testing of their well water.
Private well owners are responsible for the quality of their private well water. Wells are required to be tested just after they are constructed, but no annual maintenance or testing is required by law. Spring is generally a good time for an annual water well checkup before peak water use season begins. Private well owners should consider taking a few steps to inspect their wells for structural problems, protect it from contamination, conserve water, and most importantly, test the well’s water quality.
“Some contaminants such as arsenic and uranium have no taste, odor or color so the only way to know if these toxins are present is to have your well water tested,” advises DPH Epidemiologist Brian Toal. “These two naturally occurring toxins can be are found in the bedrock underneath our homes. Long-term exposure to uranium can lead to kidney damage, though these health impacts are treatable and reversible. That’s why testing your water is so important – it’s the best way to find out what’s in your well.” For more information and resources on how to test your well water visit the DPH Private Well Program website at: www.ct.gov/dph/privatewells or call (860) 509-8401.
See the Youtube link for easy instructions on how private well owners can better protect their well: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hO7kLhiJwaI&feature=youtu.be
2019 State of the ImmUnion
Posted on March 04, 2019
“Vaccines protect both the individuals vaccinated and those around them from dangerous diseases (a concept known as “community protection,” “community immunity” or “herd immunity”). That’s because most vaccine-preventable diseases are transmitted from person to person. If a high proportion of the population is vaccinated and immune to a disease then the chains of transmission are broken…. read more here: 2019 State of the ImmUnion: A Report on Vaccine-Preventable Diseases in the U.S.
February 2019 Newsletter
Posted on February 08, 2019
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