211327 CDC's Healthy Water Partnerships for Waterborne Disease Prevention

Tuesday, November 10, 2009: 2:50 PM

Michael J. Beach, PhD , Associate Director for Healthy Water, Div of Parasitic Diseases, National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne and Enteric Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
Despite advances in technology and communication tools, personal relationships are still a critical component for supporting waterborne disease prevention activities. This can be illustrated by examples at the local, state, and federal level. With the ever increasing scope and complexity of waterborne disease (i.e., drinking, recreational, other water uses) in the U.S., communication and partnership building will become increasingly important to ensure that prevention efforts are successful. Partnerships will have to include a wide array of internal public health disciplines as well as external groups and disciplines that may not have been traditional partners. Successful efforts will also require a proactive approach to partnership building to ensure a more rapid response to the pressing water-related issues of the future.

Learning Objectives:
This session will provide the larger view regarding water quality, health and communication issues from federal agency perspectives and how state & local community agencies put in place practical steps toward integrating water & health issues. It addresses emerging programs and applications at different levels of government and will: Describe relationships that exist or should exist between water providers and public health agencies, at the federal, state and local levels. Discuss emerging tracking systems that are being cooperatively developed by Federal agencies (CDC & EPA) and how water providers and public health officials will coordinate with these new tracking systems. Explain communication strategies regarding water safety and how these strategies can be established at different levels of government.

Keywords: Water Quality, Partnerships

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: PhD and Associate Director for Healthy Water, CDC's National Center for Zoonotic, Vector-Borne, and Enteric Diseases
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.

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