Environmental Public Health Week celebrates the important work of Environmental Public Health Professionals (EPHPs) across Canada.
This year’s theme is “Strength through Collaboration” recognizes that EPHPs work collaboratively with partners to collectively control disease, hazards and injury, and help Canadians stay out of hospitals.
Through evaluation and monitoring to control risks posed to the public, EPHPs, also known as Public Health Inspectors and Environmental Public Health Officers, use a broad array of strategies and interventions to prevent the occurrence of injury, disease and premature death by minimizing environmental health risks to the population.
We educate and ensure compliance with regulations on recreational water, food safety, health hazards, safe drinking water, safe built environments, onsite sewage systems, smoke-free facilities, and indoor air quality. We are part of emergency response teams and multi-agency approaches to safeguard the public. Our employers and partners include health authorities, government agencies, public health organizations, interprovincial/territorial committees and more, all working together to support and protect the health of Canadians.
This summer, CIPHI launched a national campaign to build awareness of the breadth of work completed by EPHPs. For Environmental Public Health Week, CIPHI National will be running a social media campaign similar to previous years, and we hope to see members, partners and employers share our posts widely again. Stay tuned for more information about EPHW and how you can support it.
-CIPHI National Advocacy Committee