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National Environmental Health Association // Mid-November 2018 E-News

Volume 18, Issue 19


Updates From NEHA
Health News
Environmental Health Opportunity

Calendar of


NEHA Leadership Activities

November: NEHA Leadership Activities

November 2018 Journal of Environmental Health 

Have you read the latest columns from NEHA’s president and executive director? Check out the blogs we’ve created for each one, leave your comments, and start a conversation.

President’s Message: The Impacts of Climate Change Are at Our Doorstep

DirecTalk: Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

NEHA Food Handler Certificate Programs

NEHA Professional Food Manager, 6th Edition

NEHA Professional Food Manager Online Course


Updates From NEHA

New NEHA Policy Statement

NEHA has posted a new policy statement on food safety for cottage foods and home-based restaurants that was approved by its board of directors earlier this month. You can also find additional policy statements on ear piercing guns, microblading, food, cannabis, water, vector control, and climate change on our policy statement web page.


NEHA Declaration on 100% Clean Energy

NEHA’s board of directors has approved a declaration on 100% clean energy by 2030. We have an obligation to act today on climate change and build a sustainable future by mitigating our climate impacts. Therefore, NEHA is committed to work toward 100% clean energy use by 2030 and will employ administrative, educational, engineering, and fiscal measures to meet this goal.


NEHA 2019 AEC Updates

Exhibitor registration for the NEHA 2019 AEC is now open! Exhibiting at the 2019 AEC is the perfect opportunity for your business to meet face-to-face with your target market, generate quality leads, and showcase your products and services in front of a global audience. Invest in your growth and your future! Reserve your booth today.


Mark your calendar! Attendee registration and the hotel room block for the 2019 AEC will open December 1.


Attending the 2019 AEC offers numerous opportunities to advance your career, network and meet with other environmental health professionals from around the globe, and stay up-to-date on the latest information and trends. For those professionals who need a little assistance in demonstrating to their employers the value of attending the conference, we have posted a justification letter that you can present to your supervisor.


Stay tuned to the 2019 AEC website for the latest updates and information.


National Environmental Public Health Internship Program

NEHA is pleased to announce the 2019 National Environmental Public Health Internship Program for students. The internship program enables students to gain a firsthand perspective on the day-to-day responsibilities of environmental health professionals. Local, state, and tribal environmental health departments can apply to host one of the 25 internships. The deadline for student and health department applications is January 18.


Upcoming NEHA Webinar

Harmful Algal Blooms and Cyanobacteria: November 29, 1:00 p.m. EST. Harmful algal blooms (HABs), often associated with cyanobacteria that produce toxins, are causing problems across the country. This webinar will feature three presentations from varying perspectives—federal, state laboratory, and state health department—regarding HABs. The webinar is being presented by NEHA, U.S. EPA, and APHL.


NEHA at the 2018 Dubai International Food Safety Conference

NEHA had the honor of having a large presence at the 2018 Dubai International Food Safety Conference at the end of October. Our presentations, instructional skills training, and exhibit booth were extremely successful. In the future, we look forward to extending our outreach and becoming a global leader of environmental health. Check out this photo montage of our experience in Dubai!


Call for Nominations: NEHA Board of Directors

NEHA is governed by a corporate board of directors that oversees the affairs of the association. There will be four board positions up for election in 2019: Region 4, 6, and 9 vice-president positions and one national officer position (second vice-president). We seek diversity on the board in terms of gender, ethnicity, and a balance between regulatory, academia, and industry professionals. Deadline to submit an online nomination form is December 1.


Coming Soon: Climate and Health Funding Opportunity

NEHA, with support from CDC, is pleased to announce a call for applications for a new funding opportunity to support environmental public health departments engaged in climate and health initiatives. NEHA will offer two grants of up to $10,000 to support state, local, or tribal environmental health agencies. Projects should aim to make climate and health data available and useful to residents through either a new or existing web-based portal or creation of visualization tools using climate and health data. The project period will run from approximately January 1–June 30, 2019. Stay tuned for more information as the application period will open by the end of November.


New Video and Blog: Addressing Climate Change Impacts

NEHA, in partnership with ecoAmerica, Climate for Health, has developed a 5-minute video showcasing NEHA member success stories that address climate change impacts. Environmental health professionals and members of NEHA’s Climate Change Committee share their inspiring stories regarding strategies for adaptation, mitigation at the community level, and strong coalitions and collaborations. Be sure to visit the Climate For Health blog for more information on the stories. Get the latest climate change information and resources on NEHA's climate change web page.


Body Art Inspectors Needed

NEHA is working with various industry and association stakeholders to develop training guidance and other support materials for body art establishment inspections. We are looking for individuals who would like to share their expertise and experience in developing training materials, best practices, and guidance documents. If you are interested, please contact Christl Tate.


NEHA Office Holiday Closures

We would like to remind our members and credential holders that the NEHA office will be closed for the holidays on November 22–23, December 24–25, and December 31–January 1.

Environmental Health News

Retail Food Risk Factor Report

FDA has released findings from the initial phase of a 10-year study that evaluates trends in food preparation practices and employee behaviors that contribute to foodborne illness outbreaks in the retail setting. Data from this study are meant to provide valuable insights for restaurant management to address and reduce common unsafe behaviors and practices within fast food and full-service restaurants.


Food Delivery Safety

Subscription meal kits, mail-order food, and home delivered groceries offer convenience. Food safety should be part of the package, too. CDC provides a list of tips for meal kit and food delivery safety.


Foodborne Illness Source Attribution Estimates

The Interagency Food Safety Analytics Collaboration has released a report that used outbreak data to produce new estimates for foods responsible for foodborne illnesses caused by four pathogens—Salmonella, E. coli O157, Listeria monocytogenes, and Campylobacter—in 2016. CDC estimates that these four pathogens cause 1.9 million foodborne illnesses in the U.S. each year.


Retail Listeria monocytogenes Pilot Project Update

In 2016, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) launched a nationwide pilot project to assess whether retail establishments are using the recommendations in the FSIS Best Practices Guidance for Controlling Listeria monocytogenes in Retail Delicatessens. Current assessments show that FSIS is on track to exceed its fiscal year 2018 target with retailers following 92% of the 33 recommendations.


New Mini-MAHC Code: Cryptosporidium

Specific public health issues addressed in the 2018 Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC) are often spread across multiple chapters. Mini-MAHCs are intended to make the MAHC more accessible, which will help users quickly find relevant guidelines and rationale to solve specific public health issues. The first mini-MAHC focuses on reducing the spread of Cryptosporidium in public pools.


Express Legal Authorities for Mosquito Control

ASTHO conducted an analysis of the express legal authorities for mosquito control in the U.S. and has put together a report that provides a brief overview of the types of legal authority for mosquito control activities, considerations for better understanding the legal authority, and a summary of the findings on the express legal authorities for mosquito control found in state law.


New Website Design for Tox Town

The National Library of Medicine has announced a new design for the Tox Town website that provides consumer-level information on everyday locations and situations where toxic chemical exposure might occur. The new design has enhanced search optimization and improved readability.

Environmental Health Opportunity

Environmental Public Health Tracking: Peer-to-Peer Fellowship Program

ASTHO has announced a call for applications for the 2018–2019 Environmental Public Health Tracking: Peer-to-Peer Fellowship Program. The program is a unique opportunity for state and territorial agencies that are not currently funded by CDC’s National Tracking Network to enhance their capacity to conduct tracking activities. Deadline to submit is November 30.


NSF Standard 40 Input Needed

NEHA is assisting the NSF Standard 40 Committee with collecting information about how and when the standard is applied. Input from the environmental health community is crucial to this project. Find out more information about the NSF/ANSI Standard 40. Deadline to submit input is November 30.


Health in All Policies Mini-Grant Funding Opportunity

The National Center for Healthy Housing, in collaboration with NEHA, NACCHO, and ASTHO, is offering a new funding opportunity to support local governmental agencies to implement a Health in All Policies strategy as part of their lead prevention implementation program. The purpose of these grants is to advance local efforts to reduce lead exposure and its effects, as well as build capacity to use a Health in All Policies approach for future efforts. Deadline to submit is December 13.


NACCHO Model Practices Program

NACCHO’s Model Practices Program nationally honors and recognizes outstanding local public health practice and shares the outstanding practices through the Model Practices Database. By submitting a practice, local health departments contribute to the overall improvement of public health through effective evidence-based practice methods. Deadline to submit is December 12.


Student Opportunity Deadlines

Calendar of Events

World Toilet Day Is November 19

Today, 62.5% of people around the world don’t have access to safe sanitation. World Toilet Day is a day to raise awareness and inspire action to tackle this global sanitation crisis. This year’s theme is focused around nature-based solutions to sanitation.


Upcoming Webinars


NEHA’s Community Calendar

Check out NEHA’s Community Calendar for a listing of upcoming conferences, webinars, and trainings.

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