Environmental Health Leadership Development

Wednesday, June 9
Learning LabLearning Laboratory
8:00 – 9:20am
Cultivating Our Leaders of Tomorrow

The best way to ensure that effective leadership is available when the organization needs it is to intentionally develop it through an on-going process.  This workshop provides a rationale for taking innovative and proactive steps to build leadership, discusses general strategies for doing so, and presents several practical, creative, and affordable actions that can have a positive influence on efforts to cultivate leadership qualities.  This workshop includes an interactive leadership development exercise called “Feedforward.”
Leanne Jeffers, MPH, Public Health Training Manager, Regional Institute for Health & Environmental Leadership, University of Denver, Denver, CO

9:30 – 10:20am
The Art of Rapport: Communication and Compliance in the First 90 Seconds
(PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT)

Fundamental to working with the public and with regulated industries is the ability to communicate well. In this session, we will introduce some of the basic principles of NLP for communication, then explore the role of good communication skills in the building good relationships with people, and experience these skills in a series of exercises.
Steven J. Lipton, M.Ed. MSJS, LEHP CF-SP, President, Biotest Division of Scientific Device Laboratory Inc., Des Plains, IL and NEHA Technical Section Chair of Food Safety and Protection

10:30 – 11:20am
How to Fund Environmental Health Programs When Traditional Revenue Sources Are Disappearing (PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT)

Are your programs suffering from the 'budget cut blues?' In this Learning Lab session you will be able to get tips from experts on proven alternative funding options that have allowed many environmental health jurisdictions to stabilize their resources, and even prosper.  
Mel Knight, REHS, Director (Retired), Sacramento County Environmental Management Department, Folsom, CA and First Vice President, National Environmental Health Association

Emerging Environmental Health Leadership Challenges

Tuesday, June 8
Lecture HallLecture Hall
Emerging Environmental Health Leadership Challenges

8:30 – 10:20am
International Collaboration on Universal Environmental Health Practitioner Competencies and Agency Performance Standards (Panel Presentation) (PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT)

Should environmental health practitioners and agencies have a core set of capabilities that would be viable anywhere in the world?  What are the benefits and challenges of this undertaking?  Come join the collaboration with colleagues from the U.S., U.K., and other countries as they consider this vision of universal EH practitioner and agency standards. From this session, attendees will be able to identify at least three of the core competencies in the recommended international competency-based curriculum, compare and contrast the US and UK approaches to improving environmental health practitioner and agency performance and accountability and identify at least two ways to become involved in further development and implementation of international curricula and standards.
Sarah B. Kotchian, EdM, MPH, PhD, Owner, Sarah Kotchian Consulting, Albuquerque, NM
R. Steven Konkel, PhD, BSc, MCP, AICP, FRIPH, Senior Research Fellow, Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland and Associate Professor (On Extended Sabbatical Leave), Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY
Tony Lewis, Pg Dip, BSc, MCIEH, Chartered Environmental Health Practitioner, Principal Education Officer, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health, London, United Kingdom
Patrick O. Bohan, MSEH, MS, PhD, RS, DAAS,CAPT, USPHS (Ret), Associate Professor of Environmental Health Science, East Central University, Ada, OK

10:30 – 11:20am
Perspectives on the Challenge of Sustainability (PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT)

(1) Life on Earth: Connections, Co-Dependencies, and Consequences
There is no greater threat to human health and wellbeing than the current environmental crisis the world faces. It has the potential to supersede and overtake all previous public health threats. Yet environmental health practice remains steadfastly focused on what have become specific technical silos. We seem to have lost the ability to be able to see the whole wood and are focused on the individual trees! We urgently need to reconnect our priorities and practice with the founding principles of this profession - that human beings depend upon natural systems for their wellbeing and survival. From this session, attendees will learn why environmental sustainability should be the environmental health profession's priority, the settings within which all environmental health practitioners (EHPs) have opportunity to contribute and practical suggestions and examples of how this priority is currently being incorporated into existing environmental health functions.
Gary J. McFarlane, Director, Chartered Institute of Environmental Health in Northern Ireland, Belfast, Northern Ireland

(2) Threshold Concepts Related to Achieving Sustainability:  International Perspectives on Transforming the Profession
Environmental health academics and practitioners can lead the way in tackling issues related to sustainability of communities and the environment.  In this presentation we will explore how threshold concepts, like aiding assessment and analysis competencies by becoming a reflective practitioner, can transform the environmental health profession.  International perspectives are offered on a paradigm for building the evidence base and designing interventions to solve environmental health problems while informing environmental health policy, planning, and decision-making. This session will enable attendees to understand how environmental health competencies are being used to develop curricula, understand the notion of threshold concepts and some of the challenging issues they raise for the education, training, and continued professional development of environmental health practitioners and see what progress the profession is making in tackling sustainability.
R. Steven Konkel, PhD, BSc, MCP, AICP, FRIPH, Senior Research Fellow, Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland and Associate Professor (On Extended Sabbatical Leave), Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY

1:00 – 1:50pm
Low Trust, High Concern Risk Communication (PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT)

Risk communication is challenging under most any condition, however when the audience is of such a nature that distrust and high concern is evident, extra measures must be taken to avoid loss of credibility, embarrassment, and loss of total communication with the audience. Knowing your subject matter will assist you in addressing such a predicament; however this is only the beginning. This session will enable attendees to become better oriented in preparing for public meetings of high concern, knowing not only what to prepare, but who is best suited to deliver the message. Attendees of this session will investigate the (critical) importance of body language under these conditions, which often times is more important than the verbal message.
Charles J. Lichon, RS, MPH, University Instructor, Davenport University, Linwood, MI

2:00 – 2:50pm
Transferable Environmental Health Skills for Private, Local Government and Federal Government Positions (PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT)

What are the most transferable environmental health skills every job hunter should have for an opportunity to work in private (for profit and non-profit), local government, and/or in a federal agency?  This presenter has developed a specific set of marketable environmental health skills that have helped her climb the job ladder, and she will share those with you during this session.
Leisa Cook, BS, MBA, RS, Director, Division of Environmental Health Services, Indian Health Service, Albuquerque, NM

3:00 – 3:50pm
Environmental Health PASSION! (PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT)
In a time of budget cuts and furloughs, it is sometimes hard to remember WHY we chose environmental health as a profession.  Working in environmental health was once fun, but now more often it is just stressful.  As BB King says, “The thrill is gone!”  Join Bob Custard as he shares environmental health stories illustrating seven ways to reignite your desire to creatively and PASSIONATELY practice environmental health in ways that make a difference.
Bob Custard, REHS, CP-FS, Environmental Health Manager, Alexandria Health Department, Alexandria, VA 

 

 

"The NEHA AEC & Exhibition is the place to be for influencing the future of the environmental health industry, advancing yourself as an environmental health professional, recognizing excellence within the profession, and connecting with your colleagues. The conference serves to advance the science, the practice, and the practitioner of environmental health by providing education and motivation through knowledge sharing and networking."

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