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In the 1960s and 1970s, the CDC and the National Environmental Health Association, Hospital Sanitation Committee were leaders in developing new techniques to prevent disease and injury in institutions. The CDC as part of its mission of improving the knowledge of existing professionals in the field of environmental health have presented training to professionals shortly after its founding on July 1, 1946, in a variety of areas including healthcare-associated infection control. The National Committee on Hospital Sanitation brought together a group of environmental health specialists who were working in various areas of the hospital environment. This committee, the forerunner of the technical sections of the National Environmental Health Association, served as a place for individuals throughout the country to share information and work on areas of the environment that needed further improvement. The chairperson of the committee from 1963 to 1967, the author of this book, developed many unique programs to control environmental problems and help prevent disease and injury at Philadelphia General Hospital. The committee acted as a sounding board for many of the ideas and willingly gave input to turn ideas into reality. Many of the self-inspection forms and a discussion on continuing education programs for food service and also housekeeping supervisors may be found in Chapter 9, Institutional Environment in the Handbook of Environmental HealthBiological, Chemical, and Physical Agents of Environmentally Related Diseases, Volume 1, Fourth Edition (CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, 2003). (See endnote 65.)

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