Using an Innovative Electronic Interface to Develop a Drought Guidance Document for Public Health Practitioners, 2008
CAPT Mark D. Miller, R.S., M.P.H.
Robert G. Blake, R.E.H.S., M.P.H.
Professor Steven Konkel, Ph.D.
Valeria P. Carlson, B.S., M.P.H.
is a lack of consolidated guidance regarding the public health impacts of
drought in the
Environmental Health Services Branch at the CDCís
A technical writer/editor is developing a guidance document for public health agencies faced with drought based on the information captured during the consultancy forum. The purpose of this Document is to provide public health leaders and decision makers with information that will allow for a greater understanding of drought and its impacts on public health, and to provide guidance for mitigating the health impacts of drought. Sections of the Document address many possible public health implications associated with drought, including compromised quantity and quality of potable water, increased recreational risks, impacts on air quality, diminished living conditions, compromised food and nutrition, and increased incidence of illness and disease.
The Document will provide in-depth information about how water shortages affect public health, recommend steps to help mitigate the health effects of drought, identify future needs for research, provide a list of resources and tools, and provide examples of best practices and lessons learned.† The Document will be distributed to all state, local, tribal, and territorial health agencies.