Baylor Environmental Health Science Presents Seminar on Environmental Public Health

April 21, 2011

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Capt. John Sarisky of the U.S Public Health Service and the Environmental Health Services Branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Ga., will lecture on "The Foundation and Future of Public Health: One Hundred Years of Environmental Health Problem Solving" at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 26, in room C206 of the Baylor Sciences Building on the Baylor University campus.

The event, hosted by the Baylor environmental health science program, is free and open to the public.

The Environmental Health Science Branch enhances delivery of environmental health services through research, evaluation, training and technical assistance. Sarisky is responsible for domestic and international assessments of disease outbreaks and providing technical assistance on environmental health issues.

After receiving his bachelor's degree from Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich., Sarisky received his master's in public health from the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Okla. He also is a registered sanitarian and a diplomat of the American Academy of Sanitarians.

Sarisky began his environmental health career in 1981 as a public health sanitarian with the Lake County General Health District in Ohio. In 1984, he was commissioned by the U.S. Public Health Service as an environmental health officer assigned to the Kanakanak Hospital in Dillingham, Alaska. Since then, he has been assigned to work in Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, New York and Atlanta, Ga.

He has responded to the Chernobyl nuclear accident, floods, winter storms and oil spills; investigated indoor air quality and mold problems; investigated the environmental causes of disease outbreaks; developed medical waste management plans; and improved sample collection techniques for identifying viruses in water.

Sarisky received the CDC Charles C. Shepard Award and the James H. Nakano Citation for controlling Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome in the American southwest. He also manages the CDC's Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute.

For more information, contact Dr. Bryan Brooks at (254) 710-6553 or Bryan_Brooks@baylor.edu.

by Katy McDowall, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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