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NEHA Annual Educational Conference & Exhibition

The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) is hosting its 81st Annual Educational Conference (AEC) & Exhibition on July 10-13, 2017 in Grand Rapids, Mich.

The NEHA 2017 AEC will bring together 1,000 environmental health professionals for an in-depth look at some of the most important issues facing the nation such as environmental justice, restaurant grading, antibiotic resistance, water quality, informatics, healthy housing and communities, climate change, food safety and protection, and more. There are more than 200 educational sessions in approximately two dozen different topic tracks covering the full gamut of environmental health subjects.

The invited keynote speaker, Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), has a lengthy political career starting in 1975 and is a long-time proponent of environmental health and environmental issues. Sen. Stabenow serves on the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, as well as subcommittees on Energy, National Parks, and Water and Power. She authored a bipartisan Farm Bill that is strengthening Michigan agriculture, making unprecedented investments in protecting the Great Lakes, and has played a leading role in making positive reforms to health care. Sen. Stabenow has been a champion for clean water and was responsible for getting Flint $170 million in funding to get rid of the lead in their water and additional funding for the Centers for Disease Control’s National Center for Environmental Health NCEH’s water programs.

Educational sessions will reflect the 2017 conference theme, Local Solutions. National Influence., and offer insights and discussion on noteworthy and emerging issues such as:

  • Aiming for Equity
    Opening session featuring an environmental justice panel with local and state health officials and facilitated by Dr. Renée Branch Canady, chief executive officer of the Michigan Public Health Institute.
  • Panel Perspectives Antibiotic Resistance
    Former USDA Undersecretary for Food Safety Dr. Richard Raymond, will lead a panel discussion on one of the most important environmental health issues of the modern era, antibiotic resistance.
  • The Great Debate on Restaurant Grading
    Is restaurant grading effective practice or are we misleading ourselves and the public? Listen to the pros and cons of restaurant grading as Terri Williams, director of environmental health for Los Angeles County and Mick Miklos, senior manager at the National Restaurant Association, face-off to discuss this controversial issue.
  • Emerging Issues with Wild Foraged Mushrooms
  • Body Art in the 21st Century
  • Intentional Food Contamination and Multi-Agency Coordination
  • One Stop Shop for Vector Control Resources
  • Developing a National Radon Database

The conference will also feature an exhibition and a variety of networking events such as an annual UL event at the Grand Rapids Public Museum, breakfast and town hall assembly, and a Brews, Blues & BBQ social on the historic Gillett Bridge.

The NEHA Annual Educational Conference & Exhibition serves to provide education to environmental health and protection professionals to enhance their proficiency in wide range of environmental health subjects and provide specialized training in specific interest areas. Additional conference details are available at neha.org/aec.