NEHA's 2005 Annual Educational Conference & Exhibition: advancing the environmental health profession.Last June, terrorism response coordinators, environmental health specialists, and epidemiologists alike converged on the city of Providence, Rhode Island
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This year, NEHA's 69th Annual Educational Conference (AEC AEC US Atomic Energy Commission
Noun 1. AEC - a former executive agency (from 1946 to 1974) that was responsible for research into atomic energy and its peacetime uses in the United States
Atomic Energy Commission ) & Exhibition was held June 26-29, 2005, in Providence and hosted over 1,400 attendees, including some from Canada, England, Iceland, Israel, and Jamaica. Attendees had 189 educational sessions to choose from, on topics ranging from terrorism and all-hazards preparedness to onsite wastewater to food safety and protection. They could also choose from 10 preconference workshops, hear from a preeminent expert on homeland security Noun 1. Homeland Security - the federal department that administers all matters relating to homeland security
Department of Homeland Security
executive department - a federal department in the executive branch of the government of the United States , and attend an impressive poster session A poster session is the juried presentation of research information by representatives of several research teams at a congress or conference with an academic or professional focus. These are particularly prominent at scientific conferences such as medical congresses. and numerous networking and social events.
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Opening Ceremony and Featured and Keynote Addresses
At the opening ceremony, President James Balsamo welcomed everyone to the conference, recognizing NEHA's international guests, new NEHA NEHA National Environmental Health Association
NEHA National Executive Housekeepers Association
NEHA Northern Estates Homeowners Association (Indianapolis, Indiana) members, first-time AEC attendees, and the AEC's generous sponsors. President-Elect Ron Grimes offered the invocation.
Elizabeth Cotsworth--Featured Speaker
Many environmental health professionals face challenging indoor-air quality issues every day--from radon reduction to child asthma to mold remediation. Elizabeth Cotsworth, NEHA's featured AEC speaker and director of U.S. EPA's Office of Radiation and Indoor Air, addressed these concerns and presented an overview of the U.S. EPA's Indoor Air Quality Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) deals with the content of interior air that could affect health and comfort of building occupants. The IAQ may be compromised by microbial contaminants (mold, bacteria), chemicals (such as carbon monoxide, radon), allergens, or any mass or energy stressor (IAQ IAQ Indoor Air Quality
IAQ Investment Administration Qualification
IAQ Infrequently Asked Questions
IAQ Internal Air Quality
IAQ Inuit Art Quarterly
IAQ Illinois Air Quality ) Program.
Cotsworth currently directs national efforts to protect the public and the environment from harmful and avoidable exposure to radiation. She was previously the U.S. EPA EPA eicosapentaenoic acid.
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n. director of the Office of Solid Waste.
Cotsworth began by recognizing U.S. EPA's longstanding relationship with NEHA and the many environmental health professionals and NEHA members who are committed to a wide variety of indoor air issues such as asthma reduction, healthy schools, and radon reduction.
"Healthy indoor air is an important environmental and public health issue," she said. "Indoor pollutant contaminant contaminant /con·tam·i·nant/ (kon-tam´in-int) something that causes contamination.
something that causes contamination. levels can often be two to five times higher than those found in ambient air; in some cases they are a hundred--even a thousand--times higher." Furthermore, she noted, "people spend approximately 90 percent of their time indoors, so indoor air pollution is a serious issue, and in some cases can certainly pose a greater health threat than even ambient, outdoor pollution."
U.S. EPA's IAQ Program works to reduce the public health risk associated with indoor air pollutants such as radon, second-hand smoke second-hand smoke Passive smoking, see there , mold, pet dander dander /dan·der/ (dan´der) small scales from the hair or feathers of animals, which may be a cause of allergy in sensitive persons.
n. , pesticides, particulates, volatile organic compounds volatile organic compound Environment Any toxic cabon-based (organic) substance that easily become vapors or gases–eg, solvents–paint thinners, lacquer thinner, degreasers, dry cleaning fluids , and carbon monoxide carbon monoxide, chemical compound, CO, a colorless, odorless, tasteless, extremely poisonous gas that is less dense than air under ordinary conditions. It is very slightly soluble in water and burns in air with a characteristic blue flame, producing carbon dioxide; . A critical part of the mission is radon reduction and mitigation. According to according to
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2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. Cotsworth, the risks associated with radon are high, and "well over 20,000 people die each year in the U.S. from radon exposure." This estimate is higher than U.S. EPA previously thought; she added that "nonsmokers are at four times our previous estimate of the risk."
The risks are high, but the solution to reducing the risk from radon is "known, simple, and inexpensive." The challenge, however, is to motivate government at all levels, as well as the private sector, to take action to reduce exposure. According to Cotsworth, U.S. EPA, NEHA and its members, and others have accepted this challenge. In the last 20 years, for example, millions of homes have been tested, and approximately 1.3 million new homes have been built with radon-reducing features, saving about 525 lives from lung cancer lung cancer, cancer that originates in the tissues of the lungs. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States in both men and women. Like other cancers, lung cancer occurs after repeated insults to the genetic material of the cell. every single year.
"But we simply have to do more, given the tremendous risks that we know are associated with radon exposure," Cotsworth said. As a response to the risks, she unveiled U.S. EPA's first major initiatives on radon since they started its program over 15 years ago. These initiatives, known as U.S. EPA's "radon reinvigoration strategy," outline plans to increase action at the local, state, and national levels. The strategy has four policy anchors:
1. A national partnership agenda will involve building new partnerships in the environmental, public health, housing, and private sectors to expand radon testing and mitigation. "EPA wants to increase its leadership role in communication to underscore the pressing need for action among the public," stressed Cotsworth.
2. A state partnership agenda will involve providing tools and resources needed to expand the number of states and localities with active and comprehensive radon programs. Cotsworth added: "EPA believes that a key to the success is the quality, the robustness, and the extent of state radon programs."
3. A market-driven agenda will involve working with homebuilders, real estate professionals, and the millions of Americans each year buying homes to press for greater attention and action on radon reduction.
4. A science and technology agenda will involve encouraging innovative technologies to drive more accurate and less expensive radon testing and mitigation approaches.
Cotsworth acknowledged that U.S. EPA has an aggressive goal for reducing radon exposure. "It nearly triples the current number of homes with active mitigation and doubles the annual number of new homes that EPA wants to see built with radon-resistant construction," she said. Not only is this goal ambitious, she added, it is also impossible to do alone: "EPA needs help from partners like NEHA and the collective energy, creativity, and wisdom of everyone in the environmental and public health community ... to prevent 1,250 future lung cancer deaths annually by 2012 with testing and mitigation in existing homes and with the construction of radon-resistant new homes."
U.S. EPA's IAQ Program has already made progress and has many activities in place to accomplish these goals. Readers will find more information at www.epa.gov/radon on the agency's accomplishments and its strategies for reinvigorating national attention to and action on radon.
Another indoor air issue that is far newer but is experiencing growth with U.S. EPA and other organizations is the green building movement. "EPA is a key player in the rapidly growing green building movement and is soon going to be publishing guidance on best practices for indoor air quality," stated Cotsworth. "Guidance is intended to ... improve practices for moisture, pollution, and temperature control in both commercial and institutional buildings, both existing and new." U.S. EPA's IAQ Program is also examining protocols for testing, evaluating, and certifying indoor air quality products and is working with the Energy Star Program to promote increased integration of energy efficiency and indoor air quality management in homes.
What about indoor-air quality in schools? Cotsworth noted that busy school administrators often overlook this area--but that they shouldn't. "Good IAQ contributes not only to the health of students and staff, but also to a favorable learning environment," she pointed out. By contrast, poor IAQ can lead to a number of health problems such as asthma; headaches; eye, ear, and nose irritation; and fatigue. According to CDC See Control Data, century date change and Back Orifice.
CDC - Control Data Corporation , asthma is the leading cause of absenteeism from school; nearly 14 million school days are missed each year because of asthma. And, in Cotsworth's mind, the most compelling statistic comes from U.S. Department of Education research, which has revealed that students who attend schools with poor environmental conditions score about 11 percent lower on standardized tests than students who attend schools with good environmental conditions.
To assist schools in managing their indoor environmental problems, U.S. EPA sponsors the Tools for Schools Program. According to Cotsworth, this program is "designed not only to solve IAQ problems, but also to prevent IAQ problems from occurring by promoting voluntary adoption of effective IAQ management practices." Through NEHA's involvement with Tools for Schools, U.S. EPA now has a key group of national experts that serve on a voluntary basis as advisors and resources for school districts.
In addition to working on the reduction of indoor air pollutants in homes and schools, U.S. EPA also focuses its knowledge and expertise on homeland security. Since September 11, said Cotsworth, the agency has been working on built-environment issues such as IAQ impacts to people from the World Trade Center, lessons on decontamination decontamination /de·con·tam·i·na·tion/ (de?kon-tam-i-na´shun) the freeing of a person or object of some contaminating substance, e.g., war gas, radioactive material, etc.
n. from anthrax anthrax (ăn`thrăks), acute infectious disease of animals that can be secondarily transmitted to humans. It is caused by a bacterium (Bacillus anthracis and ricin ricin /ri·cin/ (ri´sin) a phytotoxin in the seeds of the castor oil plant (Ricinus communis), used in the synthesis of immunotoxins.
n. , and the public health risks from possible terrorism events.
Finally, Cotsworth explained that U.S. EPA is engaged in the following activities to meet homeland security challenges:
* working to transfer knowledge to first responders on prevention, response, and recovery from a potential terrorist attack;
* providing guidance for owners and operators for protection from a potential attack;
* creating a manual on radiological, chemical, and biological indoor attacks;
* forming a national homeland security center to manage the indoor environment;
* working to increase the speed and efficiency of building technology;
* forming the Radiological Emergency Response Team under the national contingency plan A plan involving suitable backups, immediate actions and longer term measures for responding to computer emergencies such as attacks or accidental disasters. Contingency plans are part of business resumption planning. to decontaminate de·con·tam·i·nate
tr.v. de·con·tam·i·nat·ed, de·con·tam·i·nat·ing, de·con·tam·i·nates
1. To eliminate contamination in.
2. the urban environment, if needed; and
* re-examining existing decontamination techniques and response.
Asa Hutchinson--Keynote Speaker
Asa Hutchinson (born December 3, 1950) is a former U.S. Attorney for the Fort Smith-based Western District of Arkansas, U.S. , former undersecretary of the Department of Homeland Security Noun 1. Department of Homeland Security - the federal department that administers all matters relating to homeland security
executive department - a federal department in the executive branch of the government of the United States (DHS DHS Department of Homeland Security (USA)
DHS Department of Human Services
DHS Department of Health Services
DHS Demographic and Health Surveys
DHS Dirhams (Morocco national currency) ) and NEHA's keynote speaker, came to the podium with a message that many environmental health professionals wanted to hear: The environmental health profession has an important role to play in the response to terrorism.
As undersecretary, Mr. Hutchinson coordinated the nation's border and transportation security efforts and managed more than 110,000 employees. In addition, he oversaw four independent law enforcement and security agencies with the responsibility of preventing terrorists or terrorist materials from getting into the U.S.
Hutchinson first gained law enforcement experience when he became the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Arkansas in 1982; at the time, he was the youngest U.S. attorney in the nation. He practiced law in Arkansas for 21 years before his election to Congress in 1996. After serving as director of the Drug Enforcement Agency from 2001 to 2003 and then as DHS undersecretary from 2003 to 2005, Hutchinson has returned home to Arkansas to run for governor.
Thinking back over the last two and a half years of building DHS. Hutchinson stated that there have been many occasions when environmental health professionals should have been at the table. He recalled his participation in the department's TOPOFF TOPOFF Top Officials (US national-level terrorism exercise) 2 exercise in Seattle, which involved a dirty bomb. During the exercise, discussions ensued over plume monitoring and whether the group should provide shelter in place or evacuate--all discussions, Hutchinson said ardently, that environmental health professionals should be involved in because of their expertise.
Hutchinson recalled another homeland security event: In December 2003, the department obtained intelligence that flights from Charles de Gaulle International Airport Charles de Gaulle International Airport (IATA: CDG, ICAO: LFPG) (French: Aéroport Roissy-Charles de Gaulle), also known as Roissy Airport (or just Roissy in Paris and Heathrow Airport in London were being targeted by terrorists. The department had to put protective measures in place and thus made the decision to cancel these flights. Because DHS didn't know whether a chemical or biological agent would be used, they debated over how best to respond to protect the passengers. Again, Hutchinson stressed, the environmental health profession should participate in decisions of this type.
To further emphasize his point, Hutchinson discussed the challenges that the department faces on homeland security and global terrorism, and ideas on how the environmental health profession can play a greater role in response planning.
First, Hutchinson remarked on homeland security challenges: "The Department of Homeland Security remains under extraordinary scrutiny because of the purpose of its mission, the investment of tax payers' dollars, and the daily interaction with vast numbers of our population--whether you're talking about ... border crossings ..., the hundreds of millions of airline passengers who fly each year, or the cargo shipments that come into the U.S.... It has been a challenge to [bring together] 180,000 employees and 22 different agencies to constitute the largest government reorganization in 50 years."
To illustrate the challenges that the department will continue to face in the coming years, Hutchinson recalled an event that took place last August when DHS received intelligence of Al Qaeda-operative plans to destroy certain buildings in the financial sector of New York City New York City: see New York, city.
New York City
City (pop., 2000: 8,008,278), southeastern New York, at the mouth of the Hudson River. The largest city in the U.S. , south New Jersey, and Washington, D.C. The intelligence was pre-9/11, but, said Hutchinson, "if you looked at how Al Qaeda has conducted itself in the past and know that there were eight years between the first WTC WTC World Trade Center, see there attack and the second WTC attack, [you would know that] they've always demonstrated a great deal of patience and determination ... to carry out their operations."
With the intelligence in hand, Hutchinson, along with national leaders including Condoleezza Rice and Robert Mueller, were in the White House's Situation Room facing a number of questions: "How old is the intelligence? Should we raise the threat level? If we tell the employers, do we tell the employees? (Don't they have a right to know what they may face when they go to work the next day?) Do we tell the public? What security measures Noun 1. security measures - measures taken as a precaution against theft or espionage or sabotage etc.; "military security has been stepped up since the recent uprising"
security are necessary? Do we consider the impact on the financial markets that open on Monday?"
They decided to raise the threat level and to release more information than ever before to the public and to the private sector. The next day, security was in place, employees went to work, the stock market opened and was steady by the end of the day; seven months later, terrorists responsible for the pre-operations were arrested.
In that instance, Hutchinson said, and in every instance, "the response of Americans to the challenges and hardships of terrorism reminds me of the attitudes of those Londoners during World War II." Hutchinson explained: "Londoners were bombed for 57 consecutive days, sleeping in warehouses and subway stations, and each morning after being in a bomb shelter at night they would wake up, they would dust themselves off, and they would they go to their places of employment and write with chalk on their boarded-up shop windows, 'Business as usual, we're open.'" That, according to Hutchinson, has been America's response.
Hutchinson then presented another challenge that confronts DHS: "What if the chemical sector was targeted instead of the financial sector?"
"First," he said, "Al Qaeda has not changed its intent. Their capabilities have been diminished, but their focus has been undeterred." He pointed out that Porter Goss n. 1. Gorse. , current director of the CIA CIA: see Central Intelligence Agency.
(1) (Confidentiality Integrity Authentication) The three important concerns with regards to information security. Encryption is used to provide confidentiality (privacy, secrecy). , in testimony before the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, has said, "It may be only a matter of time before Al Qaeda or other groups use chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear weapons."
Hutchinson continued: "Second, let's not Let's Not is a science fiction short story by Isaac Asimov. It was first published in Boston University Graduate Journal in December 1954. It was written for no payment as a favour to the journal, and later appeared in the collection Buy Jupiter. forget the historic focus of Al Qaeda: They continue to focus on synchronized attacks on symbolic targets. Chemical plants represent the most attractive targets; historically, [they have had] minimal security, and the visual impact [would be] incredible."
As DHS deals with these challenges, key questions, urged Hutchinson, need to be asked of the environmental health profession: "What is the assessment of the major facilities in terms of toxic waste toxic waste is waste material, often in chemical form, that can cause death or injury to living creatures. It usually is the product of industry or commerce, but comes also from residential use, agriculture, the military, medical facilities, radioactive sources, and management? What are the evacuation requirements? Should the public evacuate or should they shelter in place?"
Furthermore, Hutchinson recommended, the environmental health profession should stand next to the secretary of the Department of Homeland Security in communicating to the public because "the public will not have confidence in the secretary of state, but in doctors, health providers, and environmental health professionals--the experts." The environmental health profession has an important role on the team of responders in communicating with and educating the public.
How is the government addressing these challenges? The following strategies are in place and being carried out by DHS:
* Disrupt and destruct de·struct
The intentional, usually remote-controlled destruction of a space vehicle, rocket, or missile after launching, as for defective performance or reasons of safety.
v. Al Qaeda leadership. According to Hutchinson, "two-thirds ... have been apprehended or put out of business, and intelligence is key to identifying cells in the U.S."
* Deny sponsorship, sanctuary, and support to terrorist organizations. The department has improved its information-based detection capabilities by using biometrics to prevent over 1,000 criminal offenders from entering the U.S. They have provided the same kind of information-based technology for cargo ships entering the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. and have moved their border inspection capabilities to radio-frequency technology.
* Partner with the private sector.
* Defend the United States and prepare for another terrorist attack.
Hutchinson went back to the primary point of his presentation: "The environmental health profession must be engaged in [preparation for another attack] and raise its voice in the Administration and Congress. The message should be to recognize the critical role of the environmental health profession in planning and consequence management." He encouraged attendees to obtain grant funding through state and local homeland security grants, and to encourage the improvement of technological detection of biological and radiological threats and the development of better early-warning systems.
Hutchinson concluded by asking rhetorically, "What has America become?" He added: "Whenever you look at the emphasis upon security and information-based systems--what do these do to privacy and civil liberties in our nation? And are we changing the essential character of our nation [by being] involved in worrisome aspects of security?"
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"We can apply this to our post-9/11 environment," Hutchinson reflected, "because we have not lost our idealism, love of freedom, civil liberty, and commerce--but we do have a very practical task. As the president told Attorney General John Ashcroft John David Ashcroft (born May 9 1942) is an American politician who was the 79th United States Attorney General. He served during the first term of President George W. Bush from 2001 until 2005. Ashcroft was previously the Governor of Missouri (1985 – 1993) and a U.S. at the time, 'Do not let this happen to America again.'"
At the AEC & Exhibition, important business meetings of all kind take place. Two of the most important are the business meetings of the NEHA Board of Directors and its Council of Delegates. Just as important is the General Assembly, which gives members an opportunity to provide suggestions and ask questions of the board of directors, as well as to hear firsthand what is occurring within the association. The summary below presents the highlights from each of these meetings.
Board of Directors Meeting
* This was the final board meeting for three directors (Past President Douglas Ebelherr and Regional Vice Presidents [RVPs] Bruce Chelikowsky and Richard Gabriel (person) Richard Gabriel - (Dick, RPG) Dr. Richard P. Gabriel. A noted SAIL LISP hacker and volleyball fanatic.
Consulting Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University. ), who rotated off the board. Each was thanked for his years of service.
* A special presentation to the NEHA board was made by Kevan Lawlor and Dr. Mary Jand England, respectively the president and CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. of NSF NSF - National Science Foundation and the NSF board director. The presentation, along with the discussion that followed, served to enhance the relationship between two institutional friends.
* The executive director announced that a contract had been signed with EHT EHT Egg Harbor Township (New Jersey)
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* The executive director and the board also reviewed the progress that the office was making in upgrading its computer software and hardware.
* Authorization was given to the executive director to proceed with a request for proposals (RFP (Request For Proposal) A document that invites a vendor to submit a bid for hardware, software and/or services. It may provide a general or very detailed specification of the system.
1. (business) RFP - Request for Proposal.
2. ) soliciting a new auditor for NEHA.
* The board adopted a policy paper that outlined how NEHA intended to pursue its international interests.
* Conceptual approval was given by the board for a new dues structure for sustaining members. The new system would give sustaining members the opportunity to more substantially express their support for the cause and mission of NEHA. The concept will be worked into a final proposal, which will be reviewed and voted upon at an upcoming board meeting.
* The board and President Elect Ron Grimes determined the best way to proceed with a new membership campaign to reward NEHA members who recruit new members with special ambassador pins.
* A special fund designed to financially aid students and NEHA members who wish to attend the AEC but who are without the financial means to do so was approved. This special program will honor NEHA Past President Vern Reierson, whose family's contribution will make this fund possible.
* Very specific credentialing-policy manuals designed for both interested candidates and NEHA were presented for approval. The board determined that final approval of these informational and policy documents was to be accomplished by mid-summer.
* Extensive discussion took place at the board's meeting on the subject of qualification requirements for the C.F.S.P. credential and the relationship between the C.F.S.P. and R.E.H.S./R.S. credentials. The board moved into consideration of adopting a college degree requirement for the C.F.S.P. A final decision on this policy will be made at an upcoming board meeting.
* A special resolution of appreciation was passed to thank NEHA's outgoing president An outgoing president is a president or, generally, other head of state or government when he holds office between the election of his successor and the inauguration by which that successor assumes power. , James Balsamo.
* A policy position that expresses association support for environmental health academic degree programs was adopted and forwarded to the Council of Delegates for consideration and action.
* The board deferred action on appointing an RVP (RendezVous Protocol) A protocol used to broadcast messages within a peer group. Part of the JXTA open source peer-to-peer computing initiative, RVP clients send requests to rendezvous peers, which grants them a connection lease. for NEHA Region 1.
* A strategy paper regarding NEHA's relationship with other, sometimes competing, nongovernmental organizations Transnational organizations of private citizens that maintain a consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations. Nongovernmental organizations may be professional associations, foundations, multinational businesses, or simply groups with a common interest in (NGOs) was considered and adopted.
* Changes in NEHA's bylaws The rules and regulations enacted by an association or a corporation to provide a framework for its operation and management.
Bylaws may specify the qualifications, rights, and liabilities of membership, and the powers, duties, and grounds for the dissolution of an having to do with the provision of floor nominations for office were reviewed, but no action was taken to change the existing policy, which allows for this process.
Council of Delegates
The NEHA Council of Delegates comprises the presidents of each of NEHA's affiliates as well as the entire board of directors. The annual Council of Delegates meeting is primarily an informational meeting, at which NEHA officials bring each affiliate up to date on what the national association is doing. Highlights of this meeting can be summarized as follows:
* The spring ballot results from NEHA's election were presented. Those results were as follows:
-- Ron Grimes ascended to the position of NEHA president.
-- John Steward was elected as RVP for NEHA Region 10.
-- Alicia Enriquez was appointed by the board to fill out the remainder of the term for RVP Region 2.
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-- Tow Ward was re-elected as RVP for NEHA Region 7.
* The election process that NEHA follows established that there will be two candidates running for the position of NEHA second vice president next year--Brian Collins from Texas and Welford Roberts from Virginia.
* President Elect Grimes announced that he would be appointing a board member to work with each NEHA section chair over the upcoming year.
* It was reported that this year's silent auction raised $3,355--money that NEHA uses to help support its conference speaker fund.
* The process for selecting sites for NEHA's AECs was explained. It was also announced that the board had selected Tucson as the site for the NEHA 2008 annual conference. The next open year for a site selection is 2009. Several cities in the eastern United States are being considered.
* An extensive presentation was made to explain NEHA's new governmental-affairs program--through which NEHA is making the effort to join policy debates that concern environmental health.
* Reports on the progress of NEHA Training, NEHA's strategic directions, and the project to upgrade NEHA's credentialing exams were given.
* A position paper on defending environmental health academic degree programs was adopted.
* Affiliates were encouraged to have NEHA recognize them with special resolutions on special anniversaries such as their 50th.
* Focus group presentations were made. This year's focus groups (made up of affiliate presidents and board directors) explored the issue of workforce development in the profession. The focus groups were specifically asked to discuss ways in which the profession could attract younger people to come into it and prepare existing professionals to take over positions and responsibilities being vacated by the many environmental health practitioners and leaders who are retiring.
James Balsamo, outgoing president, explained that this assembly is held so that individual members can ask questions of the president and the BOD BOD: see sewerage. , hear firsthand about what is going on within the association, and express views directly to the president and the BOD. He began by giving a report on accomplishments of this past year, in which NEHA
* continued to send its members the e-newsletters Presidential Newsletter and NEHA E-News, and to make improvements to its Web site, one of which is a new section for students (www.neha.org/students);
* enhanced a special section of its Web site that serves as a resource for environmental health professionals involved in terrorism response (www.neha.org/research/terrorism);
* invested in a major computer upgrade of its office system to allow NEHA and its members to conduct substantially more e-business;
* again funded student scholarships with the American Academy The American Academy in Berlin is a non-partisan academic institution in Berlin. It was founded in September 1994 by a group of prominent Americans and Germans, among them Richard Holbrooke, Henry Kissinger, Richard von Weizsäcker, Fritz Stern and Otto Graf Lambsdorff and opened in of Sanitarians;
* again funded an international sabbatical exchange--this time in Canada--with a sponsorship from UL;
* hosted the International Federation of Environmental Health's Governing Council meeting in Denver;
* represented NEHA at the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health's meeting in England;
* put together the 2005 Providence AEC--its second largest conference, with over 1,400 attendees;
* sponsored numerous regional learning opportunities around the country on epidemiology and indoor air quality for its members;
* enhanced and expanded its relationships with numerous other NGOs (see NEHA's R & D Government and External Affairs Program accomplishments listed below for more information);
* became even more deeply involved with CDC and
-- helped CDC to select a new director for its National Center of Environmental Health (NCEH NCEH National Center for Environmental Health (US CDC) );
-- assisted CDC in setting an agenda for its new coordinating center for environmental and occupational health;
-- helped CDC with feedback on its NCEH/ATSDR research agenda;
-- coordinated with CDC on several grant projects;
-- opened up the Journal to a special, regular column from CDC's NCEH;
-- worked and continues to work closely with CDC staff on workforce development, terrorism response, multiparty efforts, future leadership for environmental health, and the restructuring of the agency; and
-- developed an agenda for the association and CDC;
* signed a major memorandum of understanding A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) is a legal document describing a bilateral or multilateral agreement between parties. It expresses a convergence of will between the parties, indicating an intended common line of action and may not imply a legal commitment. with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), independent agency of the U.S. government, with headquarters in Washington, D.C. It was established in 1970 to reduce and control air and water pollution, noise pollution, and radiation and to ensure the safe handling and and 10 other NGOs for co-operation in the field of onsite wastewater;
* authorized a new section in NEHA on children's environmental health;
* saw NEHA Training LLC (Logical Link Control) See "LANs" under data link protocol.
LLC - Logical Link Control become profitable;
* published a special article on environmental health and terrorism response in the Journal and mailed it to every single health department in the United States at NEHA's cost;
* is participating in a special Association of Food and Drug Officials committee to express opposition to HR 2699, legislation that preempts local control over food safety programs;
* negotiated and signed an extensive contract with EHT to update and upgrade NEHA's R.E.H.S./R.S. and C.F.S.P. credentials;
* launched a major new initiative to develop a specialty credential for onsite wastewater;
* sponsored, with the National Swimming Pool Foundation, a new educational CD for pool and spa inspection;
* greatly enhanced a special online job center for environmental health professionals, where members and nonmembers can search for and post job announcements (www.neha.org/CareerOp.html);
* commissioned several articles for the Journal's Inside the Profession column that have had widespread and positive reaction, including the first-ever examination of violence in our profession;
* expanded our AEC educational program to 189 educational sessions and 38 poster sessions--NEHA's most extensive program ever;
* developed a CD for every conference attendee that presents over 5,500 pages of learning materials from the 2005 AEC;
* reviewed and revised the association's strategic directions, one of which is a focus on terrorism and all-hazards preparedness; and
* reviewed and approved our largest budget ever, of close to $3 million.
Balsamo then explained that NEHA's articles of incorporation The document that must be filed with an appropriate government agency, commonly the office of the Secretary of State, if the owners of a business want it to be given legal recognition as a corporation. and bylaws allow for nominations from the floor for any NEHA office, and he invited any member who had filled out the proper paperwork to make a nomination. No nominations were made, however. This floor nomination process is in addition to a nomination process that officially cleared two candidates to run in next year's election.
The first candidate running for second vice president in next year's election, Brian Collins of Plano, Texas Plano (IPA: /ˈpleɪnoʊ/) is a wealthy suburb of Dallas, Texas, located to the north, mainly within Collin County, but also extending into Denton County. According to the 2000 U.S. , stated that his platform "revolves around further development of NEHA's strategic direction to increase membership, improve environmental public health education, leadership and workforce development and an enhanced profile for the environmental public health professional." Mr. Collins is committed to a "participative leadership style that is both reflective and forward thinking while tuned in to membership needs."
Dr. Welford Roberts of Fairfax, Virginia Fairfax is an independent city forming an enclave within the confines of Fairfax County, in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Although politically independent of the surrounding county, the City of Fairfax is nevertheless its county seatGR6. , also running for second vice president, stated that he "endeavors to bring NEHA a fresh perspective to its strategic direction by focusing on the organization, the profession, and public health." Examples of specific areas he will address include "expanding and enhancing student involvement in NEHA, establishing a standard industrial code(s) (SIC) for environmental health professionals, establishing NEHA as the national/international leader in continually defining the environmental health discipline and profession, and empowering our Washington, D.C., Representative and Government Affairs position."
After hearing from the second-vice-presidential candidates, NEHA Research and Development Manager Larry Marcum gave a special presentation on NEHA's Government Affairs and External Liaison Program--a program that, though less than two years old, has a long list of accomplishments. Marcum emphasized the need to give environmental health visibility and prestige and to communicate positions on important legislation. He also stressed the importance of demonstrating to policy makers the significance of the environmental health profession through this program. In addition to the list above of NEHA's accomplishments, NEHA's Government Affairs and External Liaison Program has achieved the following:
-- public health workforce development legislation,
-- environmental public health tracking legislation, and
--CDC's Revitalization Strategy for Environmental Health;
* developed a formal position on the relationship between environmental health and public health nursing for CDC;
* facilitated work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture/Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (USDA/HACCP) work group, reviewing HACCP HACCP
hazard analysis critical control points. standards for school food operations;
* participated in
-- the USDA/HACCP work group, reviewing inspection standards for school food operations;
-- development and promotion of an operational definition for environmental health;
-- the Council on Linkages Between Academia and Public Health Practices (workforce recruitment, retention, and certification issues);
-- the CDC Emerging Leaders in Environmental Health Program;
-- the CDC Futures Initiative;
-- the CDC Epi-X-Forum;
-- the Public Health Systems Research Interest Group;
-- the Conference for Food Protection;
-- defining the environmental health role in emergency planning/terrorism response with CDC; and
-- development of the national Food Safe Schools Action Guide.
* was the lead organization in a work group on a military career guide for public/private sector placement in environmental health;
* initiated formal discussions with CDC's NCEH/ATSDR on future projects and collaboration with NEHA and developed a blueprint document outlining long-term cooperative ventures between the two organizations;
* was a member of
-- the EPA/IAQ National Cooperative Partner Network,
-- the EPA/IAQ in Schools National Symposium,
-- the EPA/MOU Cooperative Partner Network for Onsite Wastewater Management Systems,
-- the CDC National Partner Group for Environmental Public Health Tracking,
-- the CDC National Partner Group for Environmental Public Workforce Development,
-- the CDC Tier II Workforce Development Committee,
-- the CDC National Partner Group for Land Use/Community Design,
-- the CDC Partner National Coalition for Food Safe Schools,
-- the National Clean Hands freedom from guilt, esp. from the guilt of dishonesty in money matters, or of bribe taking.
See also: Hand Coalition,
-- the Student Network for Absentee Prevention, and
-- the National Mosquito Control Cooperative;
* led, in cooperation with CDC Food Safety Office in developing, promoting, and conducting training for epidemiological food-borne-outbreak investigation strategies (Epi-Ready);
* developed, in cooperation with CDC's Food Safety Office and FDA's Office of Regulatory Affairs The Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) is the part of the United States FDA that enforces the laws that govern food, drugs, medical devices, and other products that FDA regulates. , the Epi-Ready Train the Trainer Program;
* is developing, in cooperation with NCEH, the U.S. Army, and private industry, a vector control Vector control is any method to limit or eradicate the vectors of vector born diseases, for which the pathogen (e.g. virusor parasite) is transmitted by a vector which can be mammals, birds or arthropods, especially insects, and more specifically mosquitoes. program for future NEHA conferences;
* represented NEHA at
-- a National Press Club news conference, launching the MOU (Minutes Of Usage) A metric used to compute billing and/or statistics for telephone calls or other network use. agreement among national partners for onsite wastewater management;
-- Surgeon General's Conference on Indoor Air Quality; and
-- national public health preparedness meetings.
* established cooperative work projects with NSF International NSF International, formerly National Sanitation Foundation, is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization that develops standards and provides product certification and education in the field of public health and safety. , UL, and the National Swimming Pool Foundation;
* has had formal working relationships and represents NEHA on working committees of other national organizations such as NACCHO NACCHO National Association of County and City Health Officials , ASTHO ASTHO Association of State and Territorial Health Officials , NALBOH NALBOH National Association of Local Boards of Health (US) , APHA, APHL APHL Association of Public Health Laboratories , CSTE CSTE Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists
CSTE Certified Software Test Engineer
CSTE Centre for the Study of Teacher Education (University of British Columbia, Vancouver) , AEHAP, NCSL NCSL National Conference of State Legislatures
NCSL National College for School Leadership
NCSL National Conference of Standards Laboratories
NCSL National Council of State Legislators
NCSL National Computer Systems Laboratory (NIST) , ALA, ICMA ICMA International City/County Management Association
ICMA International Computer Music Association
ICMA Institute of Certified Management Accountants (Australia)
ICMA Institute of Cost and Management Accountants , CFA (Computer Fraud and Abuse Act of 1986) Signed into law in 1986, the CFA was a significant step forward in criminalizing unauthorized access to computer systems and networks. The Act applies to "federal interest computers" that include any system used by the U.S. , ELI Eli (ē`lī), in the Bible, high priest and judge of Israel, teacher of the boy Samuel.
1. (language) ELI - An early system on the IBM 705 and IBM 650.
[Listed in CACM 2(5):16 (May 1959)].
2. , NaCO, NOWRA NOWRA National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association , IFEH IFEH International Federation of Environmental Health , AWWA AWWA American Water Works Association
AWWA Army Wives Welfare Association (India)
AWWA Australian Water and Wastewater Association , ECOS ECOS Environmental Council of States
ECOS Embedded Cygnus Operating System
ECOS European Environmental Citizens' Organisation for Standardisation
ECOS Commission for Economic and Social Policy
ECOS Eastern Canada Orchid Society
ECOS Evolving Connectionist System , NAWT NAWT National Animal Welfare Trust (UK) , APA (All Points Addressable) Refers to an array (bitmapped screen, matrix, etc.) in which all bits or cells can be individually manipulated.
APA - Application Portability Architecture , NCLEHA, CIPHI CIPHI Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (l'Institut Canadien des Inspecteurs en Hygiène Publique) , PSR PSR Pulsar
PSR Physicians for Social Responsibility
PSR Psychosocial Rehabilitation
PSR Pacific School of Religion
PSR Policy and Survey Research
PSR Project Study Report
PSR Pre-Sentence Report
PSR Puget Sound Region , and SNA (Systems Network Architecture) IBM's mainframe network standards introduced in 1974. Originally a centralized architecture with a host computer controlling many terminals, enhancements, such as APPN and APPC (LU 6. .
The floor was then opened for comments from the members and audience:
* Michele Samarya-Timm of the Franklin Township Franklin Township is the name of many places in the United States: Indiana
* Lou Dooley, of DBA Back to the Future, LLC, in Washington State, mentioned that he was impressed with NEHA's board activities, but wanted NEHA to develop a position paper to address the issue of environmental health moving out of public health and into permit approval work. He believes that a position paper will give environmental health professionals a firmer foundation so that they're not under scrutiny by policy makers.
Before adjourning the meeting, outgoing president Balsamo encouraged people to apply for the sabbatical exchange program, which now features a two- to four-week sabbatical to Canada or England, all expenses paid. Balsamo also encouraged everyone to attend next year's AEC in San Antonio San Antonio (săn ăntō`nēō, əntōn`), city (1990 pop. 935,933), seat of Bexar co., S central Tex., at the source of the San Antonio River; inc. 1837. . He added: "We've taken some bold steps and we're moving forward; we've been 'on the ground' and a voice at the table in Washington."
Looking to stay connected? Seeking professional advancement? With over a thousand attendees and almost 200 educational sessions, NEHA's AEC & Exhibition provides environmental health and protection professionals of all kinds with networking and educational opportunities--as well as the chance to enjoy another part of the country.
The 69th AEC & Exhibition in Providence was filled with attendees from around the world, smiling faces, and an unmatched energy and eagerness for learning. From the educational sessions to the inspiring keynote presentations to the exhibit to the networking and social activities, the 2005 AEC & Exhibition was the consummate conference for environmental health and protection. When asked if the AEC met expectations, Donna Cadwell, environmental health county manager at the Macon-Bibb County Health Department in Macon, Georgia, said, "It is a source of positive encouragement and new ideas and possibilities--even solutions."
A special thank-you goes to all of the 2005 AEC & Exhibition attendees for their commitment to the environmental health profession. We hope to see you next year at NEHA's AEC & Exhibition in San Antonio, Texas “San Antonio” redirects here. For other uses, see San Antonio (disambiguation).
San Antonio is the second most populous city in Texas, the third most populous metropolitan area in Texas, and is the seventh most populous city in the United States. As of the 2006 U.S. , June 25-28, 2006!
Awards and Honors
The main awards ceremony was held during the opening session, just before the keynote and featured addresses, to draw everyone's attention to the award winners. NEHA is proud to introduce these deserving professionals and is happy to highlight their accomplishments.
Walter S. Mangold Award
Dr. Herman Koren
NEHA's highest honor, the Walter S. Mangold Award--given for outstanding contributions to the advancement of the environmental health profession--was bestowed this year upon the very deserving Dr. Herman Koren. Please see the accompanying story on page 62, which details Dr. Koren's contributions to the profession.
Certificates of Merit
Certificates of Merit are announced for affiliate members who make exemplary contributions to the profession of environmental health. Each affiliate sets its own criteria for recognition, so recipients do not need to be NEHA members. The 2005 winners are
* Alabama -- Charlotte Plumb,
* Alaska -- Chris Tofteberg,
* California -- Gary Erbeck,
* Colorado -- Dr. Kenneth Blehm,
* Connecticut -- Michael Pascucilla,
* Florida -- Jack C. Petenbrink, R.S.,
* Idaho -- Tom Turco,
* Louisiana -- Senator Heulette "Clo" Fontenot,
* Maryland -- Ellen J. Friedman,
* Massachusetts -- Larry A. Ramdin, R.E.H.S., C.F.S.P., M.A.,
* Michigan -- Bruce DuHamel,
* Minnesota -- Sue Hibberd,
* National Capital Area -- Valeria Jefferson, R.E.H.S., C.F.S.P., M.P.A.,
* NCLEHA -- Chuck Treser,
* New Hampshire/Vermont -- Neil Twitchell,
* New Jersey -- Bruce DeLussa, M.P.H.,
* South Dakota South Dakota (dəkō`tə), state in the N central United States. It is bordered by North Dakota (N), Minnesota and Iowa (E), Nebraska (S), and Wyoming and Montana (W). -- Randolph Runs,
* Texas -- Elise Dixon,
* Utah -- Linda Ebert,
* Virginia -- Lawrence Clark Griffin,
* Wisconsin -- Thomas L. Sieger, and
* Wyoming -- Doug Krogman.
Affiliates may submit their nominees at any time for the Certificate of Merit awards to be announced To be announced (TBA)
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Bliss grew up in New York State among an artistic family. He studied painting at the Pennyslvania Academy of Fine Arts and studied illustration at the University of the Arts, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts and at Editor's Award
Karen A. Holmes, R.S., M.M.A.
Dr. A. Harry Bliss was the Journal editor in 1969, the year this award was first presented. When he retired, the award was named after him to honor his 40 years of involvement in Journal production. NEHA often gives the annual Harry Bliss Editor's Award to outstanding writers and columnists, but the award may also go to individuals who, through the Journal of Environmental Health, advance the cause and interests of the association.
This year, on NEHA's behalf, John Barry John Barry may refer to:
The NEHA/AAS Scholarship Award program is sponsored jointly by NEHA and the American Academy of Sanitarians (AAS). The program annually awards one graduate scholarship in the amount of $2,000 and up to three undergraduate scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each. President James Balsamo presented the scholarship awards on behalf of the scholarship committee:
* graduate scholarship--LaTrice D. Porter-Thomas, University of Illinois University of Illinois may refer to:
* undergraduate scholarship--Brian Knight, Old Dominion University “ODU” redirects here. For other uses, see ODU (disambiguation).
The university was recently named one of the best colleges in the Southeast by The Princeton Review. ;
* undergraduate scholarship--Mary Ann Thomas, Missouri Southern State University Missouri Southern State University (formerly Missouri Southern State College), is a public, state university located at 3950 E. Newman Road, Joplin, Missouri. Established in 1937 as Joplin Junior College, Missouri Southern became a four-year college in 1968. ; and
* undergraduate scholarship--Caroline Wade, Illinois State University ISU is recognized in the prestigious US News rankings as a "National University", that is, a university which grants a variety of doctoral degrees and strongly emphasizes research. .
Walter F. Snyder Award
Dr. John B. Conway See John Horton Conway for the inventor of the Game of Life, a mathematician working in group theory, knot theory, number theory, game theory, and coding theory.
John B. Conway is a mathematician at the George Washington University.
NSF International and NEHA honored Dr. John B. Conway with the 2005 Walter F. Snyder Award. The award was presented by Kevan Lawlor, president and CEO of NSF, and is given in honor of NSF's cofounder co·found
tr.v. co·found·ed, co·found·ing, co·founds
To establish or found in concert with another or others.
co·found and first executive director. It recognizes outstanding contributions to public health and the environment. Please see the accompanying story on page 63, which details Dr. Conway's contributions to the profession.
Sabbatical Exchange Award
Dr. Michelle Morrone
NEHA offers a wide-ranging opportunity for professional growth and the exchange of valuable information on the international level through its longtime Sabbatical Exchange Program. The recipient of this award may go either to England, in cooperation with the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health Founded in 1883, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) is a professional and educational body, dedicated to the promotion of environmental health and to encouraging the highest possible standards in the training and the work of environmental health professionals. , or to Canada, in cooperation with the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors. Underwriters Laboratories Underwriters Laboratories Inc. is a U.S. not-for-profit, privately owned and operated product safety testing and certification organization. Based in Northbrook, Illinois, UL develops standards and test procedures for products, materials, components, assemblies, tools and (UL) currently sponsors the sabbatical.
Dr. Michelle Morrone, associate professor of Ohio University Ohio University, main campus at Athens; state supported; coeducational; chartered 1804, opened 1809 as the first college in the Old Northwest. There are additional campuses at Chiillicothe, Lancaster, and Zanesville, as well as facilities throughout the state. , received the sabbatical award and will be carrying out her sabbatical in Canada, studying environmental health practices in relation to shelters and the housing environment.
Student Research Presentations
Every year, the Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs (AEHAP) and CDC's National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) sponsor and financially support undergraduate and graduate student research presentations. Thanks to a generous donation from NCEH, seven students and their faculty mentors had the opportunity to present their research at the AEC & Exhibition. Each student participant received a plaque and a stipend of up to $1,000 to cover travel and related expenses. Presenting the student research awards were Dr. Carolyn Harvey of Eastern Kentucky University Student Life
The Eastern Kentucky University Office of Student Life works closely with Registered Student Organizations (RSO's), Greek Life, and Thursday Alternative Getaway (TAG). and Captain Michael Herring and Captain Charles Otto, both of the U.S. Public Health Service/CDC/NCEH.
The following undergraduates were honored for their research presentations: Nick Long and Jay Prymmer from Bowling Green State University Bowling Green State University, at Bowling Green, Ohio; coeducational; chartered 1910 as a normal school, opened 1914. It became a college in 1929, a university in 1935. , and Nathan McNeilly, Bryan Reed, and Kyle Jennings from Western Carolina University з The university's academic structure is composed of four undergraduate colleges:
Arts and Sciences
Education and Allied Professions
Graduate School. . The following graduate students were honored for their research presentations: Kristin L. Cunningham from the University of Washington and Julie Freidhoff from the University of Wisconsin.
Plaques also were awarded to the students who were selected to present their research at the student poster presentation: Ian Percy from Boise State University, Melanie Patterson from Mississippi Valley State University Mississippi Valley State University is a historically black university located in Itta Bena, Mississippi. The university is commonly referred to as MVSU or simply "The Valley." MVSU is a member school of the Thurgood Marshall Scholarship Fund. , Elenora Green from Illinois State University, and Joseph Jackens from Indiana University of Pennsylvania History
IUP was founded in 1875 as a normal school by investors in Indiana County. It followed the mold of the French Ecole Normale. When it opened its doors it enrolled just 225 students. .
Samuel J. Crumbine Consumer Protection Award
County of San Diego San Diego (săn dēā`gō), city (1990 pop. 1,110,549), seat of San Diego co., S Calif., on San Diego Bay; inc. 1850. San Diego includes the unincorporated communities of La Jolla and Spring Valley. Coronado is across the bay.
The Samuel J. Crumbine Award is a prestigious national award given annually to a local food protection agency that demonstrates excellence and continual improvement in a food protection program. The award is named in honor of Dr. Samuel J. Crumbine, a sanitarianphysician and public health pioneer who was renowned for his innovative methods of improving public health protection, and it is supported by the Conference for Food Protection in cooperation with AAS; the American Public Health Association The American Public Health Association (APHA) is Washington, D.C.-based professional organization for public health professionals in the United States. Founded in 1872 by Dr. Stephen Smith, APHA has more than 30,000 members worldwide. ; the Association of Food & Drug Officials; the Foodservice & Packaging Institute, Inc.; the International Association for Food Protection The International Association for Food Protection (IAFP), founded in 1911, is a non-profit association of food safety professionals. Comprised of a diverse membership of over 3,000 Members from 50 nations, the Association is dedicated to the education and service of its Members, as ; the International Food Safety Council; the National Association of County and City Health Officials; NEHA; NSF; and UL.
This year, the County of San Diego received the Crumbine Award for its environmental health department's clear vision; good, effective program planning; industry and community involvement; strong educational program; active managerial control program; and a move toward risk-based inspections. Accepting on behalf of the department were Gary Erbeck, director, and Liz Pozzebon, chief of the department's food and housing division.
Past Presidents Award
Each year, the Past Presidents group, comprising former NEHA presidents, recognizes a NEHA member for outstanding achievement. Past President Jim Dingman presented this year's award to George Nakamura, supervising environmental health specialist at Contra Costa Health Services health services Managed care The benefits covered under a health contract in California. Upon accepting the award, Mr. Nakamura said that this honor was also for Clare Schmutz, a close friend of Nakamura's and a longtime NEHA member who recently passed away.
Presidential Citations are special awards given to individuals who have made exemplary contributions to NEHA during the president's term of office. President James Balsamo presented Presidential Citations to Douglas Ebelherr, Ron Grimes, Don Herrington, Michelle Samarya-Timm, and Sylvia Thomas.
U.S. EPA/NEHA Individual Achievement Award for Radon Risk Reduction
Dr. R. William Field R. William Field is an American Academic Scholar and Professor in the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health and Department of Epidemiology within the College of Public Health at the University of Iowa. Deborah Clinebell
Dr. R. William Field of the University of Iowa Not to be confused with Iowa State University.
The first faculty offered instruction at the University in March 1855 to students in the Old Mechanics Building, situated where Seashore Hall is now. In September 1855, the student body numbered 124, of which, 41 were women. and Deborah Clinebell of Waterloo Jr. High School were selected for their successes in both individual and program achievements with respect to the design and implementation of their local radon risk reduction programs. Other selection criteria focused closely on the innovativeness and the effectiveness of their radon programs, as well as their overall professional work with radon and related subject areas. President James Balsamo and Elizabeth Cotsworth, director of the U.S. EPA Office of Radiation and Indoor Air, honored both Dr. Field and Ms. Clinebell.
NSF International Scholar Award
NSF President and CEO Kevan Lawlor presented Leslie Toni, a student at Colorado State University Colorado State University, at Fort Collins; land-grant with state and federal support; chartered 1870, opened 1879 as an agricultural college, assumed present name in 1957. There is a veterinary teaching hospital, an agricultural campus, and a research campus. , with the first-ever NSF International Scholar Award. With financial support from NSF, AEHAP and NSF have joined together to create a scholar program that offers an undergraduate student the opportunity to gain valuable experience in the environmental health field by interning at a local environmental health department.
During the internship, Ms. Toni will be surveying and evaluating practitioners on the use of NSF standards relative to alternative onsite wastewater treatment systems, pools and spas, food service equipment, and best practices in environmental health. Her advisor, Dr. David Gilkey, will be overseeing her research.
Yankee Conference Awards
On behalf of NEHA's New England affiliates, Regional Vice President Pat Maloney presented their Sanitarian sanitarian /san·i·tar·i·an/ (san?i-tar´e-an) one skilled in sanitation and public health science.
A public health or sanitation expert. of the Year awards to the following individuals:
* Massachusetts--Gerald Collins, R.S.; and
* New Hampshire New Hampshire, one of the New England states of the NE United States. It is bordered by Massachusetts (S), Vermont, with the Connecticut R. forming the boundary (W), the Canadian province of Quebec (NW), and Maine and a short strip of the Atlantic Ocean (E). , Vermont, and Maine--Jeanne M. Galloway, R.E.H.S., M.P.A.
Davis Calvin Wagner Award
Dr. Ginger Gist
AAS presented its highest award, the 2005 Davis Calvin Wagner Award, to Dr. Ginger Gist, chief of the Surveillance and Registries Branch at NCEH/ATSDR. The Wagner Award and honorarium HONORARIUM. A recompense for services rendered. It is usually applied only to the recompense given to persons whose business is connected with science; as the fee paid to counsel.
2. are given each year in recognition of outstanding professional work, accomplishments, and contributions to environmental and public health. The award was presented to Dr. Gist (a NEHA past president) at the AAS and U.S. PHS (Personal Handyphone System) A TDMA-based cellular phone system introduced in Japan in mid-1995. Operating in the 1880-1930 MHz band, PHS uses microcells that cover an area only 100 to 500 meters in diameter, resulting in lower equipment costs but requiring more base Honor Award Reception, and she was recognized for 25 years of exemplary work in the federal, academic, and professional sectors and for her technical and management skills and expertise in the environmental health and related areas. The award is particularly meaningful since recipients are nominated and selected on the basis of recommendations from their peers in the profession.
2005 Walter S. Mangold Award Recipient
NEHA is proud to present the 2005 Walter S. Mangold Award, its highest honor, to Dr. Herman Koren, Professor Emeritus of Health and Safety at Indiana State University Indiana State University, main campus at Terre Haute; coeducational; est. 1865 as a normal school, became Indiana State Teachers College in 1929, gained university status in 1965. There is also a campus at Evansville (opened 1965). (ISU ISU Iowa State University
ISU Idaho State University
ISU Illinois State University
ISU Indiana State University
ISU International Skating Union
ISU International Space University
ISU I-Shou University (Taiwan) ).
2005 marks Dr. Koren's 50th year in the profession of environmental and public health. A widely recognized and respected leader, Koren has devoted his life to the advancement of the profession and to environmental health education. He has been an inspiration to many environmental health students and peers as a professor, sanitarian, mentor, public speaker, and author.
Koren began his career as a rural field sanitarian with the Pennsylvania Department of Public Health in 1955, and in 1963--at the age of 26--he became the youngest supervisor in the history of the Philadelphia Health Department. Under his leadership at the department, much-needed community rodent control and immunization programs In the 1950s, medical breakthroughs resulted in new vaccines to combat such diseases as polio and measles. States responded by requiring mandatory immunization for schoolchildren. One result was the near eradication of diseases that had previously been crippling or fatal. were developed. Koren then designed sanitation and infection control programs as chief of environmental health and safety at Philadelphia General Hospital, a 2,000-bed hospital with a daily population of 15,000 people. While performing his responsibilities at the hospital, Koren became an associate at the University of Pennsylvania (body, education) University of Pennsylvania - The home of ENIAC and Machiavelli.
Address: Philadelphia, PA, USA. Medical School, presenting lectures and clinical work in hospital infection control to third-year medical students.
In 1967, Koren started the environmental health program at ISU and was appointed as assistant professor of health and safety and coordinator of the environmental health internship program. In his position as professor, he advised students and graduates, formed a student environmental health association, brought high school students into environmental health classes for 10-week periods, assisted numerous universities in establishing environmental health programs, and traveled to several different states to promote ISU's environmental health and internship programs. As a result of Koren's efforts at ISU, the university became one of the first accredited accredited
recognition by an appropriate authority that the performance of a particular institution has satisfied a prestated set of criteria.
cattle herds which have achieved a low level of reactors to, e.g. schools of environmental health.
One of his most notable achievements was the creation of a new environmental health internship program at ISU in 1969. Through a U.S. Public Health Service grant, Koren was able to secure paid internships at county health departments and federal agencies for his environmental health students. To his credit, over 1,150 internships in 28 states and 70 different programs were provided, not to mention earnings of over $3 million to the students. According to C. Michael Krecek, R.S., M.A., director/health officer of Midland County Department of Public Health,
He's left a true mark upon this nation and world from the more than 500 environmental health professionals he has placed in the field through his work at [ISU]. His efforts have had a major impact on supplying skilled environmental health professionals to the workforce, who are now leaders in environmental health and public health. I am one of those leaders, and I'm convinced it would not have been possible without the mentoring and caring attitude of Hank Koren.
In 1995, Koren retired from ISU, but not from the field of environmental health. His knowledge and expertise continue to reach thousands of students and environmental health professionals through his publications, including the fourth edition of Handbook of Environmental Health and the third edition of Management and Supervision for Working Professionals. His latest book, the second edition of Illustrated Dictionary and Resource Directory of Environmental & Occupational Health, is a one-of-a-kind, comprehensive environmental health reference book with over 16,000 entries.
CAPT John A. Steward, R.E.H.S., M.P.H., with the U.S. Public Health Service, expresses the sentiments of many of Koren's former students:
When I entered the environmental health field, I found myself to have an advantage over other professionals because of the education and experience that Dr. Koren had facilitated at ISU. The supervised internships Dr. Koren arranged for me allowed me to develop extensive field experience that others lacked at that stage of their careers.... Furthermore, I continued to draw upon Dr. Koren's expert knowledge and insight by using his growing set of environmental health textbooks as reference tools for my professional responsibilities.
Throughout his career, Koren has been an active member and leader in many local, state, and national organizations. He became a member of NEHA in 1956 and a fellow of the American Public Health Association in 1967. Because of his vast experience and knowledge, NEHA has called upon Koren to represent the association at several conferences and task force meetings. Koren has also served as a consultant to the U.S. Public Health Service, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the World Health Organization. In addition, he has initiated and served as co-chair of several conferences and numerous committees, and has acted as a consultant and advisor to many groups--often without gratuity Money, also known as a tip, given to one who provides services and added to the cost of the service provided, generally as a reward for the service provided and as a supplement to the service provider's income. .
Koren has spent a lifetime dedicated to environmental health practice, research, teaching, and public service. He has encouraged many students to consider a degree in environmental health and has written articles in professional publications urging his colleagues around the country to expand their environmental health training programs. As Koren himself says:
I still hope to help young people become the best that they are capable of being.... Teaching to me is essential to my life. I'm trying to return to others what my mentors and professors gave to me. They allowed me to try to help other people to live a better life through the creation of a healthier and safer environment.
It's a privilege and an honor for NEHA to present this award to Dr. Herman Koren, a man who exemplifies both the spirit and the ideals of the late Walter S. Mangold.
2005 Walter F. Snyder Award Recipient
Dr. John B. Conway is being honored for his more than 40 years as a professor, educator, author, and innovator in environmental health sciences. To quote Jack, as he is known to his family and friends: "I feel that 'innovation' is necessary to function effectively in the environmental health profession. Technology changes almost daily, and the new tools provided must be used effectively by the environmental health professional. It is no longer acceptable to do things the way they have always been done or to maintain 'status quo!'"
And "status quo [Latin, The existing state of things at any given date.] Status quo ante bellum means the state of things before the war. The status quo to be preserved by a preliminary injunction is the last actual, peaceable, uncontested status which preceded the pending controversy. " has never been acceptable to Dr. Conway, who developed dynamic graduate and undergraduate curriculums that included emerging technologies and the use of practicum/internship experiences as an integral part of graduate public health education. "Our challenge is to integrate the new technology that comes with recent graduates into our policies and operating procedures," writes Conway.
Following two years of active duty in the U.S. Army, Conway was accepted at San Diego State University San Diego State University (SDSU), founded in 1897 as San Diego Normal School, is the largest and oldest higher education facility in the greater San Diego area (generally the City and County of San Diego), and is part of the California State University system. , where he earned his bachelor's and master's of science degrees in biology in 1964 and 1967, respectively. Prior to working on his master's degree, he accepted his first environmental health position as a public health sanitarian for the San Diego County Health Department, San Diego, California “San Diego” redirects here. For other uses, see San Diego (disambiguation).
San Diego is a coastal Southern California city located in the southwestern corner of the continental United States. As of 2006, the city has a population of 1,256,951. , and became a registered sanitarian in the state of California in 1965. That same year he joined NEHA and has since been an active contributing member.
In 1966, Conway tested the water as an educator accepting the duties of a teaching assistant in the Division of Life Sciences, San Diego State University. That experience planted a seed that would be cultivated later. With his M.S. degree in hand, he headed to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as a public health biologist to tackle public health concerns for the Division of Environmental Protection in the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) is an agency of the state of Wisconsin. Its purpose is to preserve, protect, manage and maintain the natural resources of the state. .
So as not to remain stuck in the "status quo," Conway entered a Ph.D. program at the University of Minnesota (body, education) University of Minnesota - The home of Gopher.
Address: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. . He received his master of public health degree in 1970 and his doctorate in environmental biology in 1973.
Conway returned to academia full time. While serving as assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, he spent his summers as adjunct assistant professor at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health The University of Minnesota School of Public Health, located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is a professional school of the University of Minnesota. The school offers a 15 masters programs and four doctoral programs, which culminate in one of the following degrees: Master of Public . In 1976, he moved to Pullman, Washington, teaching in the Department of Bacteriology bacteriology
Study of bacteria. Modern understanding of bacterial forms dates from Ferdinand Cohn's classifications. Other researchers, such as Louis Pasteur, established the connection between bacteria and fermentation and disease. and Public Health at Washington State University Washington State University, at Pullman; land-grant and state supported; chartered 1890, opened 1892 as an agriculture college. From 1905 to 1959 it was the State College of Washington. . He then spent the summer back in Superior, Wisconsin, as academic staff member at the Center for Lake Superior Environmental Studies.
In 1981, Conway joined the faculty of San Diego State University as professor of public health in the Graduate School of Public Health. He also served as graduate advisor and associate director. During his tenure at San Diego State University, his side adventures included stints as visiting professor in the Public Health Program in the School of Medicine at the Autonomous University of Baja California, Tijuana, Mexico, and guest researcher (sabbatical leave) in the Division of Health Assessment and Consultation at the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry The United States Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, (ATSDR) is an agency for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that is directed by a congressional mandate to perform specific functions concerning the effect on public health of hazardous in Atlanta, Georgia.
The School of Public Health of the University at Albany, State University of New York (body) State University of New York - (SUNY) The public university system of New York State, USA, with campuses throughout the state. , welcomed Conway as director of Professional Education Programs in 1993. During his last three years in Albany, Conway served as the interim dean of the school. To keep occupied year round, he spent summers as a public health officer in Grand Teton National Park Grand Teton National Park (tētŏn`, tē`tŏn), 309,993 acres (125,503 hectares), NW Wyo.; est. 1929. The park, which includes Jackson Lake and part of Jackson Hole, embraces the most scenic portion of the glaciated, snow-covered Teton in Moose, Wyoming.
In the new millennium, Conway left New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of State to accept the position of dean and professor in the College of Health Sciences at the University of Texas at El Paso The University of Texas at El Paso, popularly known as UTEP, is a public, coeducational university, and it is a member of the University of Texas System. The school is located on the northern bank of the Rio Grande, in El Paso, Texas, and is the largest university in the . He also served as assistant to the provost. In 2002, Conway was recognized for his achievements in research, scholarship, service, and teaching with the Charles H. and Shirley T. Levell Endowed Chair in Nursing and Health Sciences. He retired from the University of Texas at El Paso in January 2004.
Never idle, Conway has authored or co-authored and published numerous papers, articles, technical reports and reviews. His most recent publications include: "Water Quality in Maxcy-Rosenau-Last," which appeared in Public Health and Preventive Medicine preventive medicine, branch of medicine dealing with the prevention of disease and the maintenance of good health practices. Until recently preventive medicine was largely the domain of the U.S. (14th edition); "Optimizing Professional Education in Public Health," which appeared in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, and "On the Need to Teach Science to Environmental Health Students," which appeared in the Journal of Environmental Health.
His major research interests include human-health risk factors associated with deteriorating water quality, disaster preparedness and emergency response measures, and risk factors associated with contaminated contaminated,
v 1. made radioactive by the addition of small quantities of radioactive material.
2. made contaminated by adding infective or radiographic materials.
3. an infective surface or object. food supplies. To that end he has served as a consultant to federal, state, and local governments in the United States, Canada, and Mexico to help resolve issues created by natural disasters and to promote the advancement of science and health in communities and homes.
A community-minded citizen, Conway was and remains active in local community programs, serving as a member of the El Paso Rotary Club, Team El Paso Healthcare Council, Community Partnerships Advisory Council (an organization that operates health clinics in the lower Rio Grande), and Community Voices Collaborative (health care services to the underserved and medically indigent indigent 1) n. a person so poor and needy that he/she cannot provide the necessities of life (food, clothing, decent shelter) for himself/herself. 2) n. one without sufficient income to afford a lawyer for defense in a criminal case. ).
He has been extensively involved in the work of NSF International both at the Joint Committee level (Drinking Water drinking water
supply of water available to animals for drinking supplied via nipples, in troughs, dams, ponds and larger natural water sources; an insufficient supply leads to dehydration; it can be the source of infection, e.g. leptospirosis, salmonellosis, or of poisoning, e.g. Treatment Units) and on the NSF Council of Public Health Consultants.
With Susan, his wife of 43 years, he resides in El Paso, Texas. They have two children, Julie and Steve.
"Jack has been a real contributor to public health protection throughout his career, and he is deserving of this award," a NEHA colleague said.
Conway truly fits the description of an individual committed to environmental health as advocated by the award's namesake. NSF International and NEHA take great pleasure in awarding to Dr. John B. Conway the 2005 Walter F. Snyder Award for Achievement in Attaining Environmental Quality.
"Any discipline, any focus--there is a plethora of sessions and information," wrote Mary Kay Folk, a graduate student at Ohio State University Ohio State University, main campus at Columbus; land-grant and state supported; coeducational; chartered 1870, opened 1873 as Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College, renamed 1878. There are also campuses at Lima, Mansfield, Marion, and Newark. in Columbus, Ohio.
With 189 educational sessions, 10 pre-conference workshops--the highest number ever--and 38 posters, the AEC & Exhibition gave attendees a wide variety of environmental health topics to choose from, allowing them to tailor the conference to their educational needs. "The extreme diversity of all of the topics allows me to bring pertinent, updated information to my staff in many areas of environmental health," commented Patricia Feeney, assistant commissioner of the New York City Department of Corrections. Dianne Mathews, environmental health director at Public Health Delta & Menominee Counties in Escanaba, Michigan, added: "The educational sessions were extremely useful and valuable to long-term planning and everyday applications."
A tremendous amount of effort goes into ensuring that educational sessions are current, relevant, and thought provoking. Before the conference, countless hours are spent talking to numerous NEHA members about their particular careers and educational needs. The educational sessions are then designed to meet and address the needs and issues that have been identified through this process.
Making a second appearance this year at the AEC & Exhibition was the Poster Session. The posters attracted many attendees, and they covered a broad spectrum of environmental health issues, from ambient air quality to food safety and protection to terrorism and all-hazards preparedness.
Another educational highlight was the PROTOUR-Alternative Treatment Systems Field Trip. Several attendees joined staff from the University of Rhode Island History
The University was first chartered as the state's agricultural school in 1888. The site of the school was originally the Oliver Watson Farm, and the original farmhouse still lies on the campus today. Onsite Wastewater Training Center for a tour of alternative and innovative technology sites.
As always, review courses and exams were held for the Certified Food Safety Professional (C.F.S.P.) and Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian (R.E.H.S./R.S.) credentials. Student attendees were able to attend the Student and Young Professional Career Forum, sponsored and held by the American Academy of Sanitarians.
A special thank-you goes to the 277 speakers, who inspired, taught, and motivated. As one attendee put it: "If you want to see your career take off, go to the NEHA AEC. You will be energized!"
2005 AEC CD
If you weren't able to attend the Providence AEC & Exhibition, visit www.neha.org/AEC or call (303) 756-9090 to order the 2005 AEC CD. It contains over 5,500 pages of information from 123 of the 2005 AEC sessions, including plans, guides, fact sheets, presentations, and tools.
* ambient air quality,
* children's environmental health,
* drinking water quality,
* emerging pathogens,
* environmental health leadership development,
* environmental health research,
* food safety and protection,
* geographic information systems (GIS),
* hazardous materials and toxic substances,
* indoor air quality,
* injury prevention/occupational health,
* institutions and schools environmental health,
* onsite wastewater systems,
* solid waste,
* swimming pools/recreational waters,
* terrorism and all-hazards preparedness,
* vector control and zoonotic diseases Zoonotic diseases
Diseases caused by infectious agents that can be transmitted between (or are shared by) animals and humans. This can include transmission through the bite of an insect, such as a mosquito.
Mentioned in: West Nile Virus , and
* water pollution.
NEHA's Technical Section Chairs
NEHA extends a special thank-you to the 2004-2005 technical section chairs, who were instrumental in the development of the educational sessions at the AEC & Exhibition:
* Air/Land -- Alicia Enriquez, R.E.H.S.;
* Children's Environmental Health -- Don Herrington, R.S.;
* Drinking Water Quality/Water Pollution -- Robert Vincent, R.S., M.P.A.;
* Emerging Pathogens/Vector Control and Zoonotic Diseases -- Brenda Faw, R.E.H.S.;
* Environmental Health Leadership Development -- Holly Coleman, R.E.H.S.;
* Environmental Health Research -- Darryl B. Barnett, Dr.P.H., M.P.H., R.S., D.A.A.S.;
* Food Safety and Protection -- George Nakamura, R.E.H.S., M.P.A., D.A.A.S., and Michele Samarya-Timm, M.A., R.E.H.S., D.A.A.S., C.H.E.S.;
* General Environmental Health -- Karen Hoffman Bender, R.E.H.S., R.D.;
* Hazardous Materials and Toxic Substances -- Welford C. Roberts, Ph.D., R.S., R.E.H.S., D.A.A.S., and Priscilla Oliver, Ph.D.;
* Injury Prevention/Occupational Health -- Daniel Holcomb;
* Institutions and Schools Environmental Health -- Welford C. Roberts, Ph.D., R.S., R.E.H.S., D.A.A.S., and Terrance B. Gratton, Dr. P.H., D.A.A.S., R.S.;
* Onsite Wastewater Systems -- Craig Gilbertson, R.S.; and
* Terrorism and All-Hazards Preparedness -- Thomas J. Butts, M.Sc., R.E.H.S., R.H.S.P., and Barry W. Moore, R.E.H.S.
With over 100 exhibits featuring the latest environmental health and protection products and services being offered by companies, governmental agencies, and nonprofit organizations, this was one area of the conference that no one wanted to miss. The exhibits covered everything from thermometers to respirators to mosquito control products to sanitizers. Attendees filled their bags with an abundance of literature, business cards, and free product giveaways.
According to Sylvia Daniel, environmental manager at Mecklenberg County Health Department in Charlotte, North Carolina “Charlotte” redirects here. For other uses, see Charlotte (disambiguation).
Charlotte is the largest city in the state of North Carolina and the 20th largest city in the United States. , NEHA's exhibit is "the best opportunity in the environmental health field for cutting-edge technology exposure and information." And to David Litke, health services supervisor at the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District in Waco, Texas, the exhibit is "more than a chance to see new products and vendors--it allows for networking, idea exchange, and informal learning."
An exciting event at the exhibit was the Handwashing for Life Olympics, where participants scrubbed their way to perfect hand hygiene. Commander Kevin R. Cale of U.S. FDA FDA
Food and Drug Administration
n.pr See Food and Drug Administration.
n.pr the abbreviation for the Food and Drug Administration. in Alabama came in first, and Roxanne Weldon of the Eastern Shawnee Tribe in Oklahoma and Linda Jones of the Oklahoma State Department of Health tied for second place.
Visitors to the exhibition not only learned and met with vendors, but also, by dropping their entry tickets into the door prize drawing, had the chance to win one of four prizes. From the many hundreds of entries in the drawing, four lucky people were selected as winners. Thomas Malamos of the Naperville School District won the first prize, a Go Video 8.4-inch portable DVD player A handheld device with a built-in DVD drive and flip-over lid that contains a screen, typically 6" to 10" in size. It may support rear seat passenger viewing, in which case the unit is hung upside down from the back of the front seat head rest, and a switch flips screen content 180 . Richard Berube of Billerica Board of Health won the $150 Amazon.com gift certificate that was given for second place. Dai Q. Nguyen of the Brookline Health Department won the third-place prize, a $100 American Express gift check. The final prize went to Robert Vincent of the Florida Department of Health, who won a $50 Greenvale Vineyards gift certificate.
A special thank-you goes to the eight exhibitors whose donations made the door prizes possible: Digital Health Department; Edlund Company; International Aquatic Foundation; Kairak, Inc.; Orenco Systems, Inc.; Shat-R-Shield, Inc.; Sneezeguard sneeze·guard
A transparent panel or canopy mounted above a salad bar or food counter as a sanitary barrier. Solutions, Inc.; and Waterloo BioFilter Systems, Inc.
The Exhibit Hall's Silent Auction: Highlights
* Traditionally, Alaska donates native items that draw a lot of attention, and this year was no exception. The 49th state donated two native proofs, or coins, of silver and gold. One, with a bear imprint, went for $102, and the second, with a moose, went for $72--but only after serious attention and very heavy bidding by winners Cheryl Underhill and Vince Radke.
* Right behind Alaska was Arizona, with two popular items that also attracted heavy bidding. A statue of painted ponies went for $50 to a persistent Melissa St. John-Harder, and a chicken chucker toy went to Doug Christensen for $36.
* Linda Jones will be at next year's AEC in San Antonio, having bid $550 for registration and four nights at the Hyatt on the Riverwalk.
2005 AEC EXHIBITORS
Advanced Drainage System
Aerotech P & K
American Academy of Sanitarians (AAS)
American Food Safety Institute
American Manufacturing Company, Inc.
AMSA AMSA American Medical Student Association
AMSA Australian Maritime Safety Authority
AMSA American Moving and Storage Association
AMSA Australian Marine Sciences Association
AMSA Association of Metropolitan Sewerage Agencies
AMSA American Meat Science Association , Inc. (Antimicrobial Specialists and Associates Inc)
Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs (AEHAP)
Bartlett Services, Inc.
BioLab Commercial Pool Care
Bord Na Mona
Boston University, School of Public Health
Center for Food Safety & Applied Nutrition (CFSAN CFSAN Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (US FDA) ), USFDA USFDA United States Food & Drug Administration
Clean Hands Coalition (CHC CHC Chicago Cubs
CHC Community Health Center
CHC Chestnut Hill College (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
CHC Congressional Hispanic Caucus
CHC Community Health Council (UK National Health Service) )
Comark Instruments, Inc.
Custom Data Processing, Inc. (CDP CDP (cytidine diphosphate): see cytosine.
(1) (Certificate in Data Processing) An earlier award for the successful completion of an examination in hardware, software, systems analysis, programming, management and accounting, , Inc.)
Decade Software Company, LLC
Decagon Devices, Inc.
Delta Environmental Products, Inc.
Diesel Technology Forum
Digital Health Department
Environmental Hazards Services, LLC
ESRI (Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc., Redlands, CA, www.esri.com) The world's leading developer of geographic information systems (GIS) software, including programs that plot ZIP codes and addresses, demographic information and detailed, color-coded data.
Five Peaks Technology
Handwashing for Life
Handwashing Leadership Forum
HealthSpace Integrated Solutions, Ltd.
Hoot Aerobic Systems, Inc.
Hybrivet Systems, Inc.
IAPMO IAPMO International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (International Association of Plumbing & Mechanical Officials)
Infiltrator Systems, Inc.
Interactive Occupational Training
International Aquatic Foundation (IAF (Internet Application Framework) A suite of software development technologies from Ross Systems, Inc., Atlanta, GA (www.rossinc.com) that is the backbone of its iRenaissance Suite. Meta-data driven, IAF comprises a . )
Intertek Testing Services
Jet Inc./Clearwater Recovery
LaMotte Chemical Products Co
Lombardo Associates, Inc.
Medical Reserve Corps
Mitchell & McCormick, Inc.
National Association of County & City Health Officials (NACCHO)
National Biosolids biosolids
Sewage sludge, the residues remaining from the treatment of sewage. For use as a fertilizer in agricultural applications, biosolids must first be stabilized through processing, such as digestion or the addition of lime, to reduce concentrations of heavy metals and Partnership
National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease R
National Coalition for Food Safe Schools (NCFSS NCFSS National Coalition for Food Safe Schools )
National Environmental Services Center
National Library of Medicine
National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association (NOWRA)
National Registry of Food Safety Professionals
National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation
National Swimming Pool Foundation
National Testing Laboratories, Ltd.
Natl Drinking Water Clearinghouse
Navy Environmental Health Center (NEHC NEHC Navy Environmental Health Center
NEHC Neighborhood Emergency Help Center
NEHC Northeast Health Center
NEHC Near Eastern History and Civilization
NEHC New England HEDIS Coalition
NEHC New England Home Care
NEHC National Environmental Health Centre
NEHC Nebraska Hardcore )
NCEH/ATSDR (Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry)
NEHA (National Environmental Health Association)
NEHA Training LLC
Onsite Water Treatment
Orenco Systems, Inc.
Orkin Commercial Services
Portable Sanitation Assocation International
Procter & Gamble
Radiation Shield Technologies
RING Industrial Group, LP
Sneezeguard Solutions, Inc.
Stone Environmental, Inc.
Sunrise Env Hlth Service, Inc
TAP Series LLC
TEC Technologies Inc
The Steritech Group, Inc.
The University of Findlay The University of Findlay is a private university located in the City of Findlay in northwest Ohio. It was affiliated with the Churches of God, General Conference, and was founded in 1882 by the City of Findlay and the Churches of God, General Conference.
Twenty First Century Communications
U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine, OHRM OHRM Office of Human Resources Management , HRCP HRCP Human Rights Commission of Pakistan
HRCP Hawaii Rules of Civil Procedure
HRCP High Resolution Cloud Prognosis Model
HRCP Health Resourch Center for Palestine
HRCP Health Research Council of the Pacific
HRCP High Resolution Crankcase Pressure (USACH USACH Universidad de Santiago de Chile
UMass Lowell--School of Health & Environment
Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.
University of Michigan (body, education) University of Michigan - A large cosmopolitan university in the Midwest USA. Over 50000 students are enrolled at the University of Michigan's three campuses. The students come from 50 states and over 100 foreign countries.
University of WI-Eau Claire, ENPH Program
US EPA Office of Waste Mgmt
US FDA ORA ora (o´rah) pl. o´rae [L.] an edge or margin.
ora serra´ta re´tinae the zigzag margin of the retina of the eye.
US Public Health Service (U.S.P.H.S.)
n.pr See United States Department of Agriculture. , Food Safety and Inspection Service The United States Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is charged with ensuring that all meat, poultry, and processed egg products in the United States are safe to consume and accurately labeled. (FSIS FSIS Food Safety and Inspection Service
FSIS Food Safety Information System (of Malaysia)
FSIS Fixed-Size Importance Sampling
FSIS Functional Support Information Systems
FSIS Fire Support Interface Specification )
USEPA USEPA United States Environmental Protection Agency , Indoor Environments Division (IED Noun 1. IED - an explosive device that is improvised
I.E.D., improvised explosive device
explosive device - device that bursts with sudden violence from internal energy )
USEPA, Memorandum of Understanding
USEPA, Office of Children's Health Children's Health Definition
Children's health encompasses the physical, mental, emotional, and social well-being of children from infancy through adolescence. Protection
USEPA, Office of Water
USFDA/ORAU & DFSR DFSR Distributed File System Replication (MS Windows)
DFSR Detailed Functional System Requirement
DFSR Disaster Financial Status Report (FEMA) (Office of Regulatory Affairs University & Division of Federal
Zabel Environmental Technology
To exhibit at the 2006 San Antonio AEC & Exhibition
June 25-26 (conference will be held June 25-28), please contact Peggy Whitt at (303) 756-9090, ext. 306, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NETWORKING AND SOCIAL EVENTS
NEHA's 18th Annual Golf Tournament winners: Don Herrington, Nelson Fabian, and Lou Dooley.
The networking luncheon: a time for introductions and camaraderie. When asked about the highlight of the conference, one attendee said, "Meeting environmental health professionals and gaining insight and ideas to improve programs."
One of the most anticipated events at the AEC & Exhibition: The UL-sponsored wine tasting and cookout. Attendees were able to sample award-winning vintages from Greenvale Vineyards in Portsmouth, Rhode Island Portsmouth is a town in Newport County, Rhode Island, United States. The population was 17,149 at the 2000 census. Portsmouth's ZIP code is 02871. Geography
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 153.6 km² (59.3 mi²). 60. .
AEC attendees enjoyed seeing old friends and meeting new colleagues.
Outgoing president James Balsamo shows guests his gift from the NEHA board: a picture of Yogi Berra.
Newly elected president Ron Grimes receives the gavel gavel
small mallet used by judge or presiding officer to signal order. [Western Culture: Misc.]
See : Authority from outgoing president James Balsamo.
2005 NEHA AEC & EXHIBITION
RELATED ARTICLE: Sponsors of NEHA's 2005 AEC & Exhbition
The organizations listed below supported NEHA's 2005 AEC & Exhibition as sponsors, making many valuable aspects of the conference possible. NEHA thanks its financial sponsors for their generous contributions.
Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.
Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
American Academy of Sanitarians
Mars Air Doors
National Environmental Services Center
RELATED ARTICLE: NEHA's 2005 AEC & Exhibition Partners
NEHA thanks the following organizations for their contributions to the AEC & Exhibition and its educational sessions and workshops:
National Environmental, Safety, & Health Training Association
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), agency of the U.S. Public Health Service since 1973, with headquarters in Atlanta; it was established in 1946 as the Communicable Disease Center.
U.S. Food and Drug Administration
International Aquatic Foundation
New England Yankee Conference
NEHA's Uniformed Services Environmental Health Affiliate