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Journal Advertising and Other Highlights of the Past Year.

I was carefully examining our annual advertising statistics the other day. For the period July 1, 2000, to June 30, 2001, we earned $117,490 in Journal advertising revenue. Compared with the previous year, we are up by almost $15,000. That's good news on several counts.

Despite the recent economic downturn, we've held our ground and even improved on our performance insofar as Journal advertising is concerned. This advertising income helps us immensely to keep the costs of the Journal program manageable. Finally by having the participation of a healthy number of advertisers in the Journal, NEHA is able to continually showcase products and services that will enable our readers to better perform their work. We strongly encourage the Journal's readership to pay close attention to the valuable information that is presented in the ads we run.

In short, we're pleased with how our advertising is going and thought that the readership should know about this. Journal readers should also know that Veronika Clark and Jane Penoyer carry out our advertising program for us.

As long as I am reporting on one yearend highlight, perhaps my column this month is a good occasion for reporting on other highlights from the year that NEHA has recently completed. (NEHA operates within a fiscal year that runs from the beginning of July to the end of June.) It is my pleasure to share with the membership the following summary of our past year:

* For the third straight year, we've had to expand the size of our office to accommodate growth in several of our programs.

* We've also expanded the size of our staff. NEHA now has a record 26 professionals working directly for the association and several others who work for us on a contract basis. (Note: Over the past decade, NEHA has tripled its staff, office, and budget.)

* We now have a satellite office of three people in Colorado Springs and a home-office staff person working in Illinois.

* We've successfully launched a brand-new program aimed at achieving a better understanding of our traditional members. This program, which we call our Association Research Center, will soon be releasing its first two products, a nationwide salary survey of our profession and a study designed to help local environmental health programs raise their profiles and command more respect from the publics they serve.

* In line with member interest and encouragement, NEHA has significantly enhanced its relationship with various governmental agencies and institutional friends. Examples of organizations with which we are working more closely include, but are not limited to, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, the National Center for Environmental Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH), the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI), Underwriters Laboratory, and NSF International.

* NEHA has hired a full-time information-technology person (Alex Cuellar) to manage our computer resources, and our staff is becoming much more proficient on our new computer system.

* We've continued to expand our research-and-development (grants-and-contracts) program. We have new grants in indoor air quality, counterterrorism, on-site wastewater treatment, and food safety in schools. By the time this column appears, we hope to have at least two additional new grants.

* NEHA is now successfully into a program of managing other environmental professional societies.

* NEHA has also laid the groundwork for two exciting new initiatives. We are moving toward the creation of a joint venture company (JVC) with the Chadwick House of CIEH (in Great Britain). The purpose of the JVC will be to promote and deliver food safety and protection education throughout the United States. With CIPHI, we are expanding our sabbatical exchange program to include a sabbatical to Canada as well as to England.

* Last year NEHA instituted two new affiliates, one in Hawaii and one in Jamaica.

* NEHA has decided to take its 2002 annual conference to Minneapolis and its 2005 annual conference to Providence, Rhode Island, (We will be in Reno/Lake Tahoe in 2003 and Anchorage, Alaska in 2004.)

* We've added two new columns to our Journal, one on legal issues affecting the profession and one on improving writing skills (problems in this area are an often heard criticism of environmental health practitioners).

* Together with the American Academy of Sanitarians, we have again awarded $5,000 in scholarships for undergraduate and graduate environmental health students.

* We have expanded and upgraded our Web site. NEHA's Web site not only is more information-rich, but also can accept registrations for the Annual Educational Conference online. Our plan for next year is to elevate even further the quality and interactivity of the Web site.

* We estimate that between 200 and 300 volunteers are now actively involved in NEHA, and this number continues to grow each year.

* With over 75,000 travel miles under his belt, last year's president, Tony Aiken, most likely visited more affiliates than any other NEHA president in our 64-year history.

This past year has been a good one for our association. It has been my pleasure, on behalf of our board, our staff, and our many volunteers, to provide you, the NEHA member, with this brief summary of highlights from our successful 2000-2001 year.
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Author:Fabian, Nelson
Publication:Journal of Environmental Health
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Date:Oct 1, 2001
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