Shaun Miles, Environmental Health Advisor
Environmental Health Program Description
Public health has been defined as the science and art of promoting health, preventing disease, prolonging life and improving the quality of life through the organized efforts of society. Conditions in both the natural and built environments can affect people's ability to achieve and maintain good health. A healthy environment includes safe water and food supplies and properly designed, constructed and maintained housing and community facilities as well as suitable treatment and disposal of wastewater and solid waste. To maintain a healthy environment, it is also necessary to plan for and respond to emergencies and to work towards the prevention and control of communicable diseases.
The Environmental Health Program at SERDC works to identify and prevent environmental public health risks that could adversely impact the health of community residents in SERDC communities. Programming includes public health inspections, monitoring environmental conditions such as drinking water quality, delivering training and raising awareness about potential environmental public health risks and the steps people can take to protect themselves and their families.
SERDC’s Environmental Health Advisors (EHAs) work to identify and prevent environmental public health risks in SERDC community residents. Some EHAs are employed by Health Canada and some by First Nations or Tribal Councils. All EHAs working in First Nations communities must have a Certificate in Public Health Inspection (Canada).
SERDC’s EHAs provide routine services, as per community requirements, or other services as requested by Chiefs and Councils including to following:
Community Based Water Monitors Workshop held on Dec 10 & 11, 2014 at SERDC. Elder Shannon Buck presented to the workshop on the Holistic Aspects of Water
In picture, from left to right
Shaun Miles, Henry Hudson, Poplar River; Randolph Owens, Pauingassi; Daniel Cook, Bloodvein; Margie Boulanger, Bloodvein; Jennifer Hamilton, Bloodvein; Harlan Flett, Berens River; Mike Fontaine