Institutions and Schools Environmental Health

Wednesday, June 9
Lecture HallLecture Hall
8:30 – 9:20am
The Aftermath of Repeal… Environmental Health Response to the Repeal of Jarod’s Law

This presentation will highlight aspects of Ohio's school environmental health and safety program in the wake of the repeal of Jarod’s Law.  It will bring full circle the topic of school environmental health in Ohio from promulgation to repeal of one of the most comprehensive school environmental health laws in U.S. history.  Topics discussed during the presentation will include:  historical background of school environmental health in Ohio, priority areas of school inspection, development of an inspection program using guidance instead of rule, working with school partners and other stakeholders, and the future direction of school environmental health in Ohio and the nation.
Stephan Ruckman, RS, MPH, Environmental Health Director, Delaware General Health District, Delaware, OH 
Matt Johnson, RS, MPH, Program Manager, Cuyahoga County Board of Health, Parma, OH

9:30 – 10:20am
Best Practices –Cleaning and Disinfection in Schools, Guide for Minimization of Transmission of Infectious Diseases

The appropriate level of cleaning and disinfection in schools is a fine balance between killing germs, and not the students or employees.  “Over-cleaning” through the use of unnecessarily toxic products and methods has been associated with asthma, dermatitis, and other health outcomes in students and workers.  Learn what the latest consensus of a broad and well-respected consortium recommends about cleaning and disinfection in schools.
Thomas P. Fuller, ScD, CIH, MSPH, MBA, Program Director/Assistant Professor, Health Science Department, Illinois State University, Normal, IL

10:30 – 11:20am
Benefits of Recruiting and Hiring Graduates from Accredited Environmental Health Science Programs

Accredited environmental health science programs can provide a well prepared individual to meet the needs for a national environmental health professional workforce. An accredited academic program ensures a quality curriculum taught by professionally registered/certified faculty and institutional support for an exceptional environmental health science education. From this session, attendees will learn to identify and understand the goals of accredited environmental health sciences programs, define commonality in the coverage of basic concepts of environmental health sciences education and understand how graduates are prepared for the diverse challenges associated with the field of environmental sciences and protection profession.
Phillip B. Kneller, MSEH, REHS, Associate Professor, Environmental Health Sciences Program, Western Carolina University, Cullowhee, NC

1:00 – 1:50pm
Building a More Robust Pipeline for the Environmental Health Workforce through Experiential Learning (PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT)

The Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH), Massachusetts Environmental Health Association (MEHA), and Massachusetts Health Officers Association (MHOA) successfully employ experiential learning models to prepare students for careers in public and environmental health within governmental agencies.  Over the past three years, 46% of undergraduate interns from these programs have sought and found employment in state and local public health departments. From this session, understand benefits of internships and other experiential learning programs from student, supervisor, and practitioner perspectives, equip yourself with tools to adapt/modify these programs to the needs of your agency and feel empowered to partner with academic institutions to build capacity and resources.
Steven J. Ward, MA, MPH, REHS, Director of Public Health, Watertown Health Department, Watertown, MA
Laura Rabin, MA, Practicum Coordinator, Public Health Practice Office, Boston University School of Public Health, Boston, MA [Invited]

2:00 – 2:50pm
Environmental Health and the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs

The Veterans Association (VA) is the largest healthcare network in the United States.  With the myriad of environmental concerns associated with healthcare, it was important to establish a program to manage environmental compliance, Environmental Management Systems, green initiatives, and environment of care-related protections.  From this session, attendees will be able to identify a number of significant environmental aspects and impacts in healthcare and learn more about what the VA is doing to further environmental protection and environmental health.
Donald M. Horning, REHS, RS, REPA, Network GEMS Consultant, US Dept. of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Long Beach, CA

3:00 – 3:50pm
Moving into the Future: Promoting Healthy School Environments in Indian Country
Discover the challenges and rewards of assisting Native American communities in achieving a healthy and safe school environment. The presentation will use photos and the experience of the presenters to describe the role of the Indian Health Service Environmental Health.  From this session, attendees will learn benefits of attending school in a Native American community, identify two methods used to assist school staff and community members in providing a healthy school environment, and identify three health or safety hazards which may be observed in a school.
Margaret M. Simons, REHS, Supervisory Sanitarian & Safety Officer, Zuni Comprehensive Community Health Center (Albuquerque Area Indian Health Service), Zuni, NM
CAPT Mike Lewis, MPH, REHS, Institutional Environmental Health Officer, USPHS/Indian Health Service, San Fidel, NM

Tuesday, June 8
Learning LabLearning Laboratory
Presto, A School-Wide Plan for Food Safety, Food Defense, and Food Allergies: The Updated Food-Safe Schools Action Guide Toolkit
U.S. Department of Agriculture collaborated with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as members of the National Coalition for Food-Safe Schools, to develop and release the Food-Safe Schools Action Guide (FSSAG) resource toolkit in 2004. And now updates are currently being made to the FSSAG toolkit to include information on food defense, food allergies, and Norovirus. The FSSAG provides a practical process that highlights a team approach to school food safety with the environmental health professional as an integral part of that team. Learn how to use the FSSAG toolkit to assist schools in creating and managing a school-wide plan to address food safety, food defense, food allergies, and Norovirus.
Julie Skolmowski, MPH, RD, SNS, Food Safety Specialist, Office of Emergency Management and Food Safety, USDA Food and Nutrition Service, Alexandria, VA
Elizabeth Bugden, MS, Food Safety Consultant, Bugden Solutions , Manchester, NH
Solange Morrissette, NCFSS Facilitator and General Manager, Sodexo Services, Pawtucket, RI
Vanessa De Arman, Food Safety Project Specialist, NEHA, Denver, CO

Examining the Differences in Environmental Awareness between Undergraduate and Graduate students at Fort Valley State University

Environmentally friendly behavior has become the responsibility of every citizen because environmental problems are strongly related to human health. Are University students ready to take on the responsibility? Are they aware of environmental issues? Are they engaging in environmentally friendly behaviors? Since university students are the core of the future leaders, assessing their environmental awareness can give us clues regarding where we have to start to produce environmentally responsible citizens. This session will enable attendees to assess environmental awareness of university students utilizing a combined instrument to measure environmental health attitudes, knowledge, intended Pro-Environmental Behavior and actual environmental behavior and understand the implications of preparing environmental policies and educational programs to promote public awareness of environmental health issues.
Chizu Hirata, MS, MPH, APC, Counselor, Fort Valley State University, Warner Robins, GA
William H. Zimmerli, MS, PhD (Education), FASHA, Professor, MPH Program, Department of Graduate Health Sciences, Fort Valley State University, Warner Robins, GA



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