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Toni Marinkovich--Project Coordinator.

Editor's note: Over the past few years, we have been featuring individual NEHA staff members one-by-one in NEHA News so that you can get to know us a little better. This month, we highlight the new staff member behind extension 337--Toni Marinkovich.

I am the newest member of NEHA's research and development team. Currently, I am working on a cooperative agreement between NEHA and ATSDR to provide a Chemical and Biological Terrorism Preparedness Program for environmental health professionals (see story above). This is an important new training program that promotes disaster preparedness at the local level. With the expertise of an advisory committee composed of NEHA members, we have put together a full-day workshop addressing preparedness issues that could arise out of a chemical or biological terrorist attack. It is my responsibility to coordinate these workshops with local health departments and state environmental health associations.

My educational background is very diversified, which makes me feel quite at home in the environmental health field. I have a dual-emphasis B.A. degree in political science and international studies from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota. In addition, I am completing a B.S. degree in biology at the University of Colorado in Denver.

My path to NEHA has been filled with travel, adventure, and learning. I've spent time working in patient care at local Denver hospitals and at a community clinic in San Lucas Toliman, Guatemala. I have done grassroots canvassing for clean-water issues and waited tables on top of Shrine Mountain in Vail, Colorado. Recently, I was involved in project management and logistics at a design showroom in the Denver Design Center.

I am excited to become a vital part of the educational programs that NEHA has to offer; for I share NEHA's commitment to promoting human health, It is my goal to develop our educational offerings to meet the evolving needs of the environmental health industry.
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Publication:Journal of Environmental Health
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jul 1, 2001
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