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Resources for Awards and Recognition
Awards Overview Packet
The purpose of the U.S. Public Health Service Environmental Health Officer Awards Overview packet is to provide our Officers with a beneficial “go-to” document for awards information. The EHOPAC Awards and Recognition Subcommittee takes great pride in recognizing those Officers who excel in various aspects of their work-life. This packet was designed to assist Officers by explaining the importance of awards and offering tips, suggestions, formatting, examples of previously well-written awards, as well as additional resources.
NEW The Environmental Health Officer Awards Overview (PDF: 2 MB)
Resources for Career Development
EHO Promotion Benchmarks
NEW Promotion year 2019 Benchmarks (PDF: 298 KB)
NEW 2019 Benchmark 2 Supplemental Guidance (PDF: 123 KB)
Promotion Year 2018 Benchmarks (PDF: 298 KB) Promotion Year 2017 Benchmarks (PDF: 322 KB) Promotion Year 2016 Benchmarks (PDF: 108 KB) Promotion Year 2015 Benchmarks (PDF: 91 KB) Promotion Year 2014 Benchmarks (PDF: 266 KB)
Current CV, CV Cover Sheet, and Continuing Education Summary Templates
CV Template Updated July, 2018 (Microsoft Word: 49KB, 6 pages) Continuing Education Summary Template Updated May, 2018 (Microsoft Word: 32 KB, 3 pages) CV Cover Sheet Template Updated July, 2018 (Microsoft Word: 14 KB, 1 pages) CV Cover Sheet Supplemental Guidance Updated June, 2018 (PDF: 71 KB, 1 pages)
Officer Statement/Reviewing Official Statement
Please visit the CC Promotion Website for the latest versions of these forms.
NEW Officers's Statement Example 2019 Updated July, 2018 (Microsoft Word: 37 KB, 1 page)
NEW Reviewing Official's Statement Example 2019 Updated July, 2018 (Microsoft Word: 38 KB, 1 page)
Career Progression Milestones
Career Progression Milestones Updated March, 2018 (PDF 108KB, 1 page) - This document provides EHOs a snapshot of milestones an officer should strive to achieve throughout a career.
Tips for a Successful Aide-de-Camp Article – This document provides EHOs with information about this exciting opportunity. (Published in the EHO Summer 2016 Newsletter - article is on page 11)
Resources for Communications
Guidance for posting to the EHOPAC Listserv
This is the final guidance for posting to the EHOPAC Listserv. This guidance defines what information is appropriate for dissemination via the EHOPAC Listserv in an effort to provide consistent and reliable communication. The guidance also contains what uses are not appropriate. The implementation date for this document is 11/06/2017. EHOPAC Listserv Guidance V 2.0 (PDF: 66 KB, 3 pages)
Resources for History
Visit our 'History of the EHO' page for a timeline of the history of the Environmental Health Officer category.
Resources for Leadership
Please visit our Leadership Resource Site for Leadership specific books, articles, and media.
Resources for Marketing and Recruitment
EHOPAC Recruit an EHO (RAE) Program
The new RAE program includes the Adopt-a-School program and also the Event Recruitment program. The purpose of this program is to support the recruitment of qualified candidates for appointment as Environmental Health Officers (EHOs) into the USPHS Commissioned Corps. The Adopt-a-School program enables officers to recruit students enrolled in colleges and universities with accredited academic programs that qualify individuals for appointment into the EHO category. The Event Recruitment program enables officers to recruit professionals and students involved or attending environmental and occupational health and related organizations and associations who qualify for the EHO category. Please see the following documents for more information on RAE:
RAE Policy document - PDF File
RAE Event Recruitment Program Volunteer List - (PDF: 157K, 7 pages) Update from June, 2016
RAE Enrollment Form - Word File
Adopt-A-School Officer List - Updated November, 2017 - (PDF: 122KB, 2 pages)
Please contact CDR Greg Calvert at firstname.lastname@example.org for questions on the Event Recruitment program.
Please contact LCDR Don Hoeschele at email@example.com for questions on the Adopt-a-School program.
Recruitment Brochures and Handouts
Resources for Boarded and Active Duty Officers
Securing Your First Assignment Brochure - Updated August, 2016 - (PDF: 372 KB, 2 pages) USAJOBS Introduction for Newly Boarded EHOs - (PDF: 1.02 MB - 49 pages) FAQs for Newly Boarded EHOs - Updated August, 2016 - (PDF: 104 KB - 2 pages)
Resources for Recruiting
Benefits of Hiring a COSTEP Brochure (PDF: 265 KB, 2 pages) The Environmental Health Officer Fact Sheet (PDF: 505 KB) EHOPAC Recruitment Presentation - Updated August, 2016 - (PPT: 4.4 MB - 22 slides)
Cruise Ship Inspectors Work Hard So You Can Play Hard
Imagine a job where you get to travel to beautiful locations and spend time on cruise ships. Sounds amazing, doesn't it? But what if your job were to climb up and down ladders and into tiny spaces all over the ship, checking food, water, and sanitation facilities? That doesn't sound quite as glamorous. Read about Cruise Ship Inspectors on the Job to learn more (PDF: 110 Kb, 3 pages).
The JrCOSTEP Program
Each year, the Environmental Health Officer (EHO) Category hires approximately 25-35 students for summer Junior Commissioned Officer Student Training and Extern Program (JRCOSTEP) positions. Most positions are with the Indian Health Service (IHS) in many different areas of the United States, including Alaska. Other agencies that typically hire one or two JRCOSTEPs per summer are: ATSDR, CDC, Coast Guard, and the National Park Service. The EHO category typically has 70-100 applicants for these positions; therefore, all positions are competitive. Most are undergraduate level, but there are several graduate students placed each year.
Resources for Students Interested in the JrCOSTEP Program
COSTEP Application Timeline - An application timeline for prospective USPHS JRCOSTEP applicants. - Updated September, 2016 - (PDF: 112 KB, 1page)Valuable Tips for the Environmental Health Officer (EHO) Junior Commissioned Officer Student Training and Extern Program (JRCOSTEP) - Updated September, 2016 - (PDF, 71 KB, 2 pages)
2017 JRCOSTEP Student Narratives
During the summer of 2017, 19 students from multiple colleges and universities participated in the Junior Commissioned Officer Student Training and Extern Program (JRCOSTEP). Of this group, 16 were assigned to the Indian Health Service (IHS), 1 to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and 2 to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (CDC/NIOSH). Narratives from the students assigned to the IHS can be found here: IHS COSTEP Narratives.Narratives from students assigned to other Agencies:
ENS Alexandra Shishkova - University of Texas, Houston (PDF: 358 KB, 2 pages) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health - Anchorage, Alaska
ENS Andrew Torrico - California State University, Northridge (PDF: 147 KB, 2 pages) U.S. Food and Drug Administration - Silver Spring, Maryland If you are interested in the JRCOSTEP program please visit the Student Opportunities section of the United States Public Health Service website.
COSTEP Preceptor Guide
The Environmental Health Officer Professional Advisory Committee (EHOPAC) Mentoring & Orientation Subcommittee developed this guide to help prospective JRCOSTEP preceptors create a successful COSTEP experience. This guide was written by a group of officers that have served as preceptors for COSTEPS. While each COSTEP experience will be different, this guide provides checklists and examples that can be used to help ensure that each COSTEP has an opportunity for a quality experience which could lead to a rewarding and productive career in USPHS. More information is available in the 2017 COSTEP Preceptor Guide - Updated March, 2017 - (PDF: 1.1 MB, 23 pages).
Resources for Mentoring and Orientation
Online Signup for the Mentoring Program
New mentor and protégé applicants can now apply online at the link below. Simply create a new profile and be sure to select the EHO category when creating a profile. Also be sure to specify whether you are applying to be a mentor or a mentee. Once you are paired up, you will be notified via email by someone on the M & O subcommittee. If you PCS please remember to update your profile. http://mentor.usphs-hso.org
Mentor Topical Guideline
This guideline provides a list of topics that should be reviewed during the mentoring process. A detailed review of each topic may not be necessary depending on the Protégé's training and experience, e.g. completion of the Officer's Basic Course and/or mentorship by their supervisor. Click to view the Mentoring Topic Discussion Guideline (PDF: 28 KB, 3 pages).
The Mentoring and Orientation Program pairs experienced staff with recently-appointed staff to facilitate the transition into the US Public Health Service as an environmental health professional. Some of the topics in the program include:
Mentoring Brochure (PDF: 380 KB, 2 pages).
Resources for Policies and Standards
Current EHO Appointment Standards
A candidate must possess one of the following qualifying degrees or a degree and professional certification:
See Commissioned Corps Instruction 231.03 link to http://dcp.psc.gov/eccis/documents/CCI2_3_1_03.pdf (PDF, 112KB, 19 pages) Category Specific Appointment Standards for additional details. Environmental Health Officers are addressed in Section 6.6.
Please contact the chairperson with questions or comments on this page - CDR Derek Newcomer
Resources for Readiness
Please visit our "Readiness Resource" Site for readiness specific information, guides, and resources.
Resources for Training
Please visit our 'Continuing Education' page for upcomming training opportunities.
Guidance on Transferability of Post 9/11 GI Education Benefits - Please reference the following documents for guidance on transferring Post 9/11 GI Educational Benefits
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