National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) Annual Educational Conference (AEC) & Exhibition.
The NEHA AEC is the premier event for environmental health training, education, networking, advancement, and more!
Customize Your Learning Experience
The NEHA AEC offers so many different facets for you to choose from to customize your own learning experience. From the multitude of environmental health topics discussed to the different learning environments of the Lecture and Learning Lab to the option to attend in-person or virtually, the NEHA AEC offers a fresh, progressive, and modern approach to training and education.
Productivity. Efficiency. Effectiveness.
LEARNING LAB SESSIONS
Engage in interactive, dynamic, and self-driven sessions, which will provide you with hands-on training and real-world experience to help you cultivate new skills and bolster your proficiency to increase your productivity as an environmental health professional.
EH Health Impact Assessments (HIA)
* Designing an HIA: You Take the Lead
* Tox in a Box: A Concise Training on the Health Assessment of Environmental Hazards
Food Protection and Defense
* My Restaurant Did What?! Session sponsored by Decade Software Company
* ROP HACCP: Hazards, Preventive Measures, and Educational Opportunities
* Business Networking 101
* Radiological Tales: Lessons Learned for the EH Professional
* Tracking in Action: Using the Tracking Network to Impact Environmental & Public Health Programs
* Making the Message Stick
* Wake Up to the Social Media Planning Challenge
* Woodstock to WWF: How to Benefit from Generational Differences in the Workplace
* (Field Trip) Tour of an Ecological Wastewater Treatment and Reuse: Decentralized Model Session sponsored by Living Machine Systems
Technology and EH
* Mobile Phone Usage: More, More, More or Less, Less, Less?
* There's an App for That
* (Field Trip) University of California, San Diego: California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology--Cal-(IT)2 Tour
* Using Community-Based Participatory Research to Build Capacity for Environmental Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Resilience
The sessions below are a special group of Learning Labs that are scheduled for several hours each day during the AEC. At any one time, there will be multiple sessions taking place. Like other Learning Labs, these sessions will have a presenter and will be highly interactive. However, you are in charge of when you want to attend and the pace at which you wish to learn about a particular topic.
* Sanitation in Classroom and Food Preparation Areas in Child Care Facilities from North and South Carolina
Food Protection and Defense
* Food Establishment Resource Library (FERL) on the Southern Nevada Health District Website
* What's Cooking? Ethnic Foods 101
Healthy Homes and Communities
* The Effects of Indoor Air Pollutants on the Lung Health of Asthmatic Patients
Knowledge. Understanding. Expertise.
Acquire comprehensive information from environmental health subject matter experts and industry leaders, and learn from your peers as you share stories and best practices to address common challenges.
* Effectiveness of Local Lead Poisoning Prevention Laws
* Food Safety Risk, Response, and Resources: A School Food Service Action Guide
* Lead Guidelines for Children's Play Areas: The Need for Clean Soil Policies to Protect Children
* Methamphetamine Contamination Closes West Virginia School
* Pediatrician's Perceptions on Child Lead Poisoning
* Protecting Children: Tools to Improve Environmental Health in Child Care Settings
* What Got Into the Kids?
EH Health Impact Assessments (HIA)
* Community Engagement and Health Impact Assessments
* Environmental Impact Assessment: An Unrealized Opportunity for Environmental Health
* Using Health Impact Assessments for Comprehensive Plan Updates
Emerging EH Issues
* Medical Marijuana in California: Legal Standing and Dealing with Edible Products
* The Role of Public Health in Promoting a Food System that Is Safe, Secure, and Sustainable: S3
* What Is the Matter with Raw Milk?
Food Protection and Defense
* Addressing Illegal Food Vending and Food Defense with Education and Innovation
* Are You on the Cutting Edge?
* (Food Safety Focus) FSMA: What it Signifies for the Training and Certification of Regulatory Personnel Session sponsored by MindLeaders and Prometric
* (Food Safety Focus) What Does it Mean to be Epi-Ready? How the Emergency Response Network Works Session sponsored by MindLeaders and Prometric
* Impact of Internet Posting of Restaurant Inspection Scores on Critical Violations
Session sponsored by Decade Software Company
* New Deli Slicer Standards in Food Safety
* Pets in Retail Food Outlets: A Literature Review
* Scores and More: Can You be Sued for Giving a Restaurant a Good Grade?
* The Fight Against Food Allergens: What Regulators and Industry Need to Know
Session sponsored by San Jamar
* The Role of Rapid Cycle Improvement in Addressing Recurrent Critical Violations in Restaurants
* What's Hiding in Your Sandwich?
Session sponsored by San Jamar
* Effective Strategies to Reduce Motor Vehicle Injuries in Native American Communities
* How an Agricultural Field Toilet Inspection Program Reduced Food Contamination Risk and Improved Farm Worker Health
* Human Mercury and Antibiotic Resistant Bacterial Sampling Along the Indian River Lagoon, FL: Dolphin and Human Health
* Nanomaterials for Environmental Remediation: Nanoinformatics for State Agencies' Safety and Health Regulatory and Oversight
* Outdoor Air Quality Impacts at Hydraulic Fracturing ("Fracking") Sites in Fort Worth
* Rat Hoarder Case Session sponsored by Orkin
Hazardous Materials and Toxic Substances
* California's Unified Approach to Hazardous Material Programs
* Interagency Cooperation Helps Solve Mercury Mystery Threatening Children in Twin Falls, Idaho
* Methamphetamine Lab Contamination: A Different Look at the Impact of the Meth Epidemic
* Responding to Mercury Incidents
* San Bruno--Restoring a Community
* What Do You Do When You Have a Bomb Factory in Your Neighborhood?
* What Goes Up Must Come Down: Lessons Learned from Emergency Air Monitoring During the Escondido Bomb House Burn
Healthy Homes and Communities
* Home Is Where the Hazards Are
* Indoor Air Quality in Rural Alaskan Homes
* Preserving Our Past to Protect Our Future
* The Fungus Among Us: Blasto Isolated in the Home Environment
* The Inspector's Guide to Indoor Pool Air Quality
* "Why Don't People Walk?!" A Case Study of Active Travel at a Sustainable University
* Cross Community Collaborations for Environmental Health
* EPH & Priority Based Budgeting--This Happened to Me!
* Look Inside a Statewide Environmental Reporting System Project
Session sponsored by Decade Software Company
* State Environmental Health Policy
* Sustainable Policy in Environmental Public Health
* Using Dashboards to Make More Sense of Your Data
* Using Environmental Public Health Tracking Data to Assess State Public Health Laws
* Contents of Heavy Metals in Arable Soils and Birth Defect Risks in Shanxi, China: A Small-Area Level Geographical Study
* Implication of E-Waste Trafficking on Human Health
* Rapid Evaluation and Improvement of Drinking Water Supplies in Africa
* Understanding Team Organizational and Incident Command Challenges: Practice and Application During Two Different International Outbreak Responses
* Ecological Wastewater Treatment and Reuse: The Decentralized Model
Session sponsored by Living Machine Systems
* Recycled Coconuts as an Onsite Wastewater Technology?
The following sessions are being presented by the California Onsite Wastewater Association (CQWA):
* Conducting a Small Community Assessment for Wastewater Infrastructure Improvements
* Contracts: Managing Expectations
* OWTS Inspections
* OWTS Management, Operations, Maintenance & Monitoring
* Principles of Plan Checking
* Technology Approval
* Writing a Successful Grant
Additional sessions will also be offered by the State Onsite Regulators Alliance (SORA).
Pathogens and Outbreaks
* Collaboration Between FDA and Local Agencies to Assess the 2011 Multistate Cantaloupe Listeria monocytogenes Outbreak
* Legionnaires' Disease Outbreak at a Long-Term Care Facility: Environmental Health Considerations
* Passing Parasites: A Rare Foodborne Giardiasis Outbreak at a Restaurant
* Rapid Response Teams and the FDA CORE Network: Improving Foodborne Outbreak Responses
* Severe Brain Infections and the Environment: The Changing Epidemiology of Naegleria fowleri Infections
* Water and Foodborne Enteric Protozoa: Current Considerations for Environmental Health
* Zygomycosis Issue Following the Joplin Tornado
* A Potpourri of New Standards You Need to Know about for Pool and Spa Inspections
* Biofilms in Recreational Water: What Makes Them So Hard to Treat?
* Building an Aquatic Health Program of Excellence
* National Swimming Pool Codes--Junction of Health and Building Officials
* Pool Safety: From Construction to Technology
* Ultraviolet for Aquatics & Spray Parks: Air Quality and Cryptosporidium
* Climate Change Impacts on the Built Environment and Public Health
* Confronting Climate Change Health Risks in the Pacific Northwest
* Environmental Health, Sustainability, and Land Use Planning--A Perfect Trifecta
* Innovative Solid Waste Permitting, Organics Diversion, and Sustainability in the Napa Valley
* Wildfire Particulate Emissions and Respiratory Health Under Climate Change Scenarios: Project Overview and Results
* A Day of Disaster: The Environmental Health Impact of the April 2011 Tornadoes in Alabama
* Functional Assessment Service Teams (FAST): Emergency Sheltering for People with Access and Functional Needs
* National Preparedness Measures and Their Implications for Environmental Health
* Response to Hurricane Irene
* Riverwatch 2011: An Environmental Public Health Response to a Major Flood Event
* Riverwatch 2011: How a Local Environmental Public Health Agency Implemented Health Codes to Condemn Private Residences
* Understanding Water Issues During Selected Natural Disasters
Vector Control and Zoonotic Diseases Session track sponsored by Orkin
* Bed Bugs: A Re-Emerging Public Health Challenge
* Environmental Risk Factors for Re-Emerging Epidemic Typhus
* What Is the Buzz about PCRs?
* Where Have All the Vector Programs Gone?
* An Evaluation of Dual Bacteria Indicators for Urban Stormwater Control
* Minnesota's Assessment Source Water Monitoring Study
* Toolbox Approach of Source Tracking Human Sewage in Storm Drains
TRAINING and EDUCATION
EHTER Emergency Response Training
* Tuesday & Wednesday, June 26 & 27, 8:00am-5:00pm
California Department of Public Health Center for Environmental Health, CDC, and NEHA are pleased to offer the Environmental Health Training in Emergency Response (EHTER) Awareness Level training course for environmental health professionals. This two-day EHTER Awareness Level course provides an overview of the environmental health roles and responsibilities, issues, and challenges faced during emergency response. The purpose of the course is to increase the level of emergency preparedness of environmental health practitioners and other emergency response personnel by providing them with the necessary knowledge, skills, and resources to address the environmental health impacts of emergencies and disasters.
Applicants are encouraged to complete basic NIMS/ICS/SEMS trainings prior to attendance.
This course offers sixteen hours of continuing education credit for California Registered Environmental Health Specialists.
Cost is $99 for members and $199 for non-members. Limit 55 people.
Epi-Ready Team Training: Foodborne Illness Response Strategies Workshop
* Tuesday & Wednesday, June 26 & 27, 8:00am-5:00pm
NEHA is offering this training opportunity for environmental health professionals, epidemiologists, laboratorians, and public health nurses involved in conducting foodborne disease outbreak investigations. This two-day workshop is composed of interactive group exercises, Q&A sessions, and lectures spanning the scope of an investigation.
Workshop cost includes the Communicable Diseases book, IAFP's Procedures to Investigate Foodborne Illness, the course manual, and the Physician's Primer, which is a value of over $70.
Cost is $149 for members and $249 for non-members. Limit 40 people.
Industry-Foodborne illness investigation Training (I-FIIT) Workshop
* Wednesday, June 27, 8:00am-5:00pm
I-FIIT is a one-day face-to-face workshop designed to bring together retail food service representatives and local and state regulatory officials in an effort to create stronger working relationships prior to a potential foodborne incident occurring, so that if and when it does, the foundation is already set for a collaborative effort. Additionally, the workshop provides a better understanding and clarification of the investigation process by identifying roles and responsibilities, discussing early detection strategies and establishing and implementing control measures based on model practices. By providing this training, I-FIIT aims to assist industry and regulatory officials in producing a more rapid, efficient and effective, response to foodborne illness incidents.
Applicants should be mid- to upper-level management from retail food service stores and restaurants. Deadline to submit an application is May 4, 2012. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance no later than May 16, 2012. For more information and a registration form, please visit neha2012aec.org.
Cost is $299 per person. Limit 30 people.
Commercial Cooking Ventilation Requirements
* Wednesday, June 27, 8:00am-12:00noon
Mechanical Code and NFPA 96. This workshop will include information on recirculating systems--referred to as "ductless hoods"--and cooking appliances that do not require exhaust hoods. Information will be provided on key installation concerns, proper sizing of hoods, sanitation issues, and the scope and limitations of the listed products used in the commercial kitchen exhaust systems. This workshop will identify resources available to assist in plan checking and inspecting installations.
Cost is $109 for members and $159 for non-members. Limit 24 people.
NSF Training Course "Plan Review for Food Establishments"
* Thursday, June 28, 8:00am-5:00pm
NSF International's Center for Public Health Education is pleased to announce a new training course entitled "Plan Review for Food Establishments." This course was developed by NSF International's leading environmental health professionals and represents the latest plan review information in a dynamic and interactive format. Whether you are a regulator or an industry professional hoping to build knowledge of the plan review process, the course will provide key information that ensures accordance with current U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines. This one-day workshop will cover the Plan Review application process; regulatory authority compliance; design, installation and construction of a food establishment; compliance with Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) and Good Manufacturing Practices (GMPs); and a plan review outline as it pertains to the current food code. Students should bring a set of plans to work with and students will be provided with a copy of the year 2000 FDA/CFP Plan Review Blue Book.
"Plan Review for Food Establishments" is strongly recommended for sanitarians, consultants, local and state regulatory officials, industry professionals responsible for the preparation, design and approval of food establishment plans.
Cost is $109 for members and $159 for non-members. Limit 30 people.
Careers. Aspirations. Respect
CREDENTIAL/CERTIFICATION COURSES AND EXAMS
Advance your expertise and career potential by obtaining a NEHA credential or certification at the AEC. You may choose to take just a credential/ certification course, just an exam, or both a course and an exam while at the NEHA AEC. (Note: Only qualified applicants will be able to sit for an exam.)
Separate applications are required prior to registering for courses and exams. Additional fees also apply. For applications, deadlines to apply, and information on eligibility, visit neha2012aec.org.
Certified Professional of Food Safety (CP-FS)
Review Course: Tuesday, June 26, 8:00am-5:00pm & Wednesday, June 27, 8:00am-12:00noon
Cost:: $299 for members and $399 for non-members, which includes the CP-FS Study Package (CP-FS Study Guide 2010 Edition, NEHA's Certified Professional Food Manager course book, 2005 and 2009 Food Code on CDs), a $145 value. Limit 36 people.
Exam: Wednesday, June 27, 1:00-3:00pm
Registered Environmental Health Specialist / Registered Sanitarian (REHS/RS)
Review Course: Tuesday & Wednesday, June 26 & 27, 8:00am-:00pm and Thursday, June 28, 8:00am-12:00noon
Cost: $459 for members and $559 for non-members, which includes the REHS/RS Study Guide, a $179 value. Limit 55 people.
Exam: Friday, June 29, 8:00am-12:00noon
HACCP Manager Certification Course
Previous training with a minimum of Certified Professional Food Manager is highly recommended.
Review Course: Wednesday, June 27, 8:00am-5:00pm
Cost: $249 for members and $299 for non-members, which includes the NEHA textbook, HACCP: Managing Food Safety Hazards. Limit 36 people.
Exam: Thursday, June 28, 8:00-10:00am
NAWT Installer Training + NEHA CIOWTS Installer Exam (Basic)
Review Course: Wednesday, June 27, 8:00am-5:00pm. Limit 40 people.
Cost: $299 for members and $399 for non-members.
Exam: Thursday, June 28, 8:00am-12:00noon
CONTINUING EDUCATION CREDITS
Earn up to 24 hours of CE contact hours (enough to meet your full two year NEHA professional credential requirement) by attending and participating in the NEHA AEC. CEs can be fulfilled by attending:
* Training and educational sessions
* The Keynote Session
* Pre-Conference Workshops
* Credential Review Courses
* Educational sessions via the Virtual AEC while they are being shown live on the Internet during the AEC or as an archive after the AEC is over
For specific information about obtaining CEs at the AEC, visit neha2012aec.org. CE units have also been related for correlating portions of the AEC from the American Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists (AARST); American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH); and National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH).
Attention California Registered Environmental Health Specialists: NEHA is designated by the California Department of Public Health as a continuing education accreditation agency for Registered Environmental Health Specialists.
Fulfill your continuing education requirement by attending the NEHA 2012 AEC. Attending will count towards completion of your continuing education requirement with up to 24 CEs being awarded for attending the educational sessions and other events. To obtain CEs, a separate application and fee must accompany your AEC registration. For complete details, visit neha2012aec.org/CA_REHS.html.
Friends. Contracts. Connections
The NEHA AEC offers several special events to network with your environmental health peers and other experts and professionals from across government and related industries. Visit neha2012aec.org for a listing of all of the special events that will be taking place.
Special Events at NEHA AEC
THE ANNUAL UL EVENT
Abroad the USS Midway
Come aboard the USS Midway Museum and prepare yourself for a lifetime memory! At the Annual UL Event, you'll explore a floating city at sea and relive nearly 50 years of world history aboard the longest-serving Navy aircraft carrier of the 20th century. During the Annual UL Event you'll enjoy a tour of the historic aircraft carrier, a delicious catered dinner on the hangar deck, and other entertaining features such as private access to the flight deck to tour at your leisure. Don't miss the opportunity to see this fascinating piece of history!
COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER EVENT
NEHA will be holding a Community Volunteer Event as part of the 2012 AEC. This is the second year that NEHA has organized a Community Volunteer Event as part of our efforts to "green" the AEC, and to give back to the host city in which the AEC is held.
The event will be held at San Diego's Balboa Park. Balboa Park is the nation's largest urban cultural park. It is home to 15 major museums, renowned performing arts venues, beautiful gardens, and the San Diego Zoo. In addition, the Park has an ever-changing calendar of museum exhibitions, plays, musicals, concerts, and classes--all in the beautiful and timeless setting of this must-see San Diego attraction.
Volunteers will be working with Park Ranger Carole to help maintain and improve the park for future visitors. Projects will include planting, trail restoration, painting, and other physical activities. Volunteers will receive a $25 gift card to pay for lunch. A release form will also be required to participate.
Space is limited so make sure to sign up today! For more details and to sign up as a volunteer, visit neha2012aec.org.
MOTIVATION and INSPIRATION
Perspective. Leadership. Excellence
Be Motivated and Inspired
by Senior Futurist, Thomas Frey
As things continue to change across our communities, there are "new normals" emerging. So what will the future world of work--and a profession like environmental health--look like? Attend the Keynote Address at the NEHA 2012 AEC for answers as Frey's presentation continues the discussion of "new normals" that began at the 2011 AEC, and explores where things are likely to go in the future.
Thomas Frey is Google's top-rated futurist and author of "Communicating with the Future: How Re-engineering Intentions Will Alter the Master Code of Our Future". He is Executive Director and Senior Futurist at the DaVinci Institute, and his keynote talks on futurist topics have captivated people ranging from high-level government officials to executives in Fortune 500 companies including NASA, IBM, AT&T, GE, Hewlett-Packard, Visa, Ford Motor Company, Lucent Technologies, Boeing, Capital One, Bell Canada, Times of India, Leaders in Dubai, and many more.
Frey's presentation will motivate and inspire you with provocative knowledge, humor, and tantalizing information bits that you can immediately put to use to help environmental health be effective in our communities in the future.
SCHEDULE OVERVIEW Tuesday // June 26 Wednesday // June 27 Thursday // June 28 Pre-Conference Pre-Conference 1st Time Attendee Workshops Workshops Workshop Credential Review Credential Review Educational Sessions Courses Courses Credential Exams Awards Ceremony & Keynote Address Golf Tournament Exhibition Grand Opening & Party Community Volunteer Event Annual UL Event Friday // June 29 Saturday // June 30 Breakfast and Educational Sessions Town Hall Assembly Exhibition Open Networking Luncheon Poster Session President's Banquet Silent Auction Educational Sessions
Attending the NEHA AEC Is a Wise Investment for You and Your organization
1. The NEHA AEC is a unique opportunity for you to gain the skills, knowledge, and expertise needed to help solve your environmental health organization's daily and strategic challenges, and to make recommendations to help improve your bottom-line results.
2. NEHA's AEC is the most comprehensive training and education investment your organization can make all year.
3. Your attendance at the NEHA AEC is a solid investment in your organization that will result in immediate and longer-term benefits.
4. You can earn Continuing Education (CE) credit to maintain your professional credential(s).
5. NEHA provides a return on the investment made for you to attend the AEC.
Need additional reasons why you should attend?
Check out the videos on neha2012aec.org to hear what other environmental health professionals are saying about the NEHA 2012 AEC.
Enjoyment of the Destination
San Diego is a destination you don't want to miss! It is California's second largest city, where blue skies keep watch over 70 miles of pristine beaches and a gentle Mediterranean climate means paradise every day.
San Diego County's 4,200 square miles offer immense options for business and pleasure. San Diego is renowned for a dazzling array of world-class family attractions including the world-famous San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Sea World San Diego, and LEGOLAND California. The city offers an expansive variety of things to see and do, appealing to guests of all ages from around the world!
Stay at the NEHA AEC designated hotel (the San Diego Marriott Marquis & Marina) and enjoy access to all there is to see and do in San Diego. The enchanting waterfront location of the hotel makes it easy to walk to areas like the Gaslamp Quarter--a 16-block historic district filled with restaurants, specialty shops, and more!
Visit neha2012aec.org and click on "About San Diego" to plan how you're going to enjoy the NEHA 2012 AEC destination!
The Virtual Experience
Engaging in the Virtual AEC enhances your learning experience whether you attend the AEC in San Diego or participate online from your home or office via the Internet. The Virtual AEC provides you opportunities to participate in education and to network with other environmental health professionals, speakers, and exhibitors. It is also serves as a resource for you beyond the dates of the live AEC--continue networking and conversing with others and use the Virtual AEC to review valuable educational content over and over again!
Register to attend the AEC in-person or virtually and use the Virtual AEC to:
* (For virtual attendees only) View over 20 educational sessions live as they happen in San Diego
* (For virtual attendees only) Participate in sessions almost as if you were sitting in the room by submitting your questions via chat
* Network with other environmental health professionals, speakers, and exhibitors
* Access video archives of educational sessions, as well as, speaker presentations and other materials
* Earn continuing education credits
Already registered to attend the NEHA 2012 AEC in San Diego? The Virtual AEC is included in your registration as a free benefit. Once your registration is processed, you will receive an e-mail from firstname.lastname@example.org inviting you to participate in the Virtual AEC. If you do not receive this e-mail, please contact NEHA Customer Service at 866.956.2258.