Uniformed Services

NEHA’s Uniformed Services Environmental Health Association has put together these educational sessions that are open to all registrants at no additional cost. The sessions will give attendees a unique opportunity to view environmental health issues from a uniformed services perspective.

Tuesday, June 8
Lecture HallLecture Hall
8:30 – 9:20am
Primary Vision Element Teams-A New Indian Health Service Strategy
Developing innovative national program strategies internally that includes buy-in from field staff, managers and directors can be a challenge in a hierarchical structure. Learn how group facilitation and consensus building techniques were used in the Indian Health Service, Division of Environmental Health Services to collaborate among 12 regional divisions to develop, refine and implement vision elements as part of the national strategy to improve delivery of services to American Indians/Alaskan Natives.
Bob Bates, MS, RS, District Environmental Health Officer, Indian Health Service, Albuquerque, NM
Jeff Dickson, MPH, REHS, District Environmental Health Officer, Indian Health Service, Santa Fe, NM

9:30 – 10:20am
Environmental Health in Disasters: Roles and Resources

Ever wonder what you might be asked to do as an Environmental Health Specialist in response to disaster situation? Attend this session and learn how your skills as an environmental health specialist can be utilized. Your involvement can really make a difference in caring for the affected population during the initial event and in the recovery phase of a disaster.
Mark D. Miller, MPH, RS, Captain, US Public Health Service, Senior Environmental Health Officer, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Environmental Health, Environmental Health Services Branch, Atlanta, GA

10:30 – 11:20am
Control of Vectors and Public Health Pests: The Science of Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Over the past two decades, vector control programs at state and local health departments have been significantly down-sized or eliminated at an alarming rate. This presentation will highlight activities at the CDC National Center for Environmental Health to support environmental public health programs in their efforts to control vectors and public health pests through the use of integrated pest management (IPM) principles.
Michael Herring, MPH, REHS, Captain, US Public Health Service, Senior Environmental Health Scientist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Environmental Health, Atlanta, GA

1:00 – 1:50pm
National Center for Medical Intelligence (NCMI): Worth Another Look?

The National Center for Medical Intelligence (NCMI, formerly AFMIC) is the premier medical intelligence entity worldwide and provides force health protection recommendations and decision advantage for the Department of Defense and policymakers at all levels. The presentation will introduce (or reintroduce) the expanded capabilities of NCMI to environmental health and environmental science officers, and arm them with the tools necessary for one-stop deployment planning.
Ardath Grills, PhD, Senior Intelligence Officer, Infectious Disease Division, National Center for Medical Intelligence, Washington, DC
LCDR Michael Stevens, MSC USN, National Center for Medical Intelligence, Defense Intelligence Agency, Washington, DC

2:00 – 2:50pm
The US Army Public Health Command’s Process to Screen Chemicals in Support of DoD’s Chemical Material and Risk Management (CMRM) Directorate Emerging Contaminants Program

The DoD created the Chemical Material and Risk Management Directorate to proactively address ESOH concerns associated with emerging contaminants. This presentation will describe the screening process used by USAPHC EHRAP to support CMRM’s scan-watch-action list process that DoD has implemented to manage emerging contaminants. At the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to identify sources of information on chemicals or materials used by the DoD, understand how early identification of emerging contaminants important to DoD can assist in managing potential risks, and identify policy documents related to DoD chemical management.
George Murnyak, CIH, REHS, Health Risk Assessor, US Army Public Health Command, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD

3:00 – 3:50pm
Environmental Public Health Leadership Development Efforts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

In the field or in the director’s chair all of us are presented with opportunities to lead. Are you able to recognize those opportunities and are you prepared for the challenges of leadership? This session will describe what the CDC is doing to help prepare leaders in environmental public health.
CAPT John Sarisky, RS, MPH, DAAS, Senior Environmental Health Officer, CDC National Center For Environmental Health, Atlanta, GA



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