"SAFEGUARDING YOUR EVERYDAY LIVES" - CELEBRATING ENVIRONMENTAL PUBLIC HEALTH IN CANADA - JANUARY 17 to 23, 2011

VANCOUVER, Jan. 18 /CNW/ - The Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI) is pleased to announce that January 17 to 23, 2011 will be celebrated as Environmental Public Health Week in recognition of the important role Environmental Health has in the lives of Canadians. This year's theme, "Safeguarding Your Everyday Lives," highlights the environments that Canadians interact with on a daily basis and how Environmental Public Health Professionals work diligently to ensure those environments are safe. CIPHI is the proud sponsor of this unique event that recognizes the important role of Environmental Public Health Professionals such as Public Health Inspectors and Environmental Health Officers in protecting the health of the public.

As dedicated and highly-trained nationally certified professionals, EPHPs work to protect the health of Canadians by reducing the burden of disease and illness on the health care system through regulatory interventions and education. They are often the first line of defense in our public health system. In fact, environmental interventions and changes are included in the Canadian Public Health Association's list of the "12 Great Achievements" of public health in Canada. Such interventions have lead to safer foods, control of infectious diseases and healthier environments. "Although diverse in scope, Environmental Public Health professionals are directly involved in the assessment, regulation and abatement of risks for every Canadian," says Phi Phan, National President of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors.

Employed by local public health departments, provincial and federal agencies across Canada as well as in private industry, Environmental Public Health Professionals work to ensure all residents and visitors who live in or visit Canada have access to safe food, safe air and safe environments. Through both education and regulatory interventions, Environmental Public Health Professionals provide services in essential areas, such as: food safety inspections; safe water and recreational water monitoring; rabies control; land development assessment; vectorborne disease monitoring and education; infection prevention and control, and health hazard investigations. Everywhere in Canada, an Environmental Public Health Professional plays an important role in protecting the health of our communities and our neighbours.

About CIPHI

The Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI) is the only professional association for Environmental Public Health Professionals (EPHPs) who hold the CPHI (C) credential in Canada (incorporated 1934). CIPHI's mandate is to advance the profession, science, and field of environmental public health through certification, advocacy, education and setting standards. CIPHI, like no other organization, covers a continuum of public health areas, including food safety, safe water, on-site wastewater disposal, indoor air quality, infectious diseases prevention and control, epidemiology, tobacco reduction, and many more environmental health initiatives. CIPHI's mission is to protect the health of Canadians and to represent all EPHPs across Canada.

SOURCE Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors

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