One of the National Environmental Health
Association's (NEHA's) responsibilities is to speak up on issues of
concern to our members, and one way of doing this involves NEHA's Board of
Directors adopting specific positions. By publishing these positions, we strive to keep you informed
about where we stand as an association on issues critical to environmental
health. If you and/or your colleagues have the opportunity to advance any
of these positions, we encourage you to do so.
Is there a legislative or public policy issue
that you believe is important for NEHA to explore?
number of legislative issues currently before Congress that have a direct
and substantial effect on environmental and public health is
unprecedented. To better serve the environmental health professions
that NEHA represents, we have developed a capability to identify and track
this type of legislation. Ultimately, the goal is to provide the
membership with a voice on these important issues. This section
details those instances where NEHA, through our elected Board of
Directors, have selected key pieces of legislation for research and
analysis. This process enables NEHA to make an assessment on a
particular piece of legislation. A position based upon this analysis
is then developed, consistent with the views of the NEHA membership.
This enables NEHA to communicate support or opposition to legislation
before the Congress. The following is a list of these legislative
from NEHA President, Keith Krinn, to Congress in opposition to the FY 2012 CDC budget recommendations as presented in both the Presidentís budget and the majority report released by the House Appropriations Committee.
from NEHA President, Keith Krinn, to Congress to object to the proposed cuts in the FY 11 budget resolution
concerning EPA adopted by the majority party of the House Appropriations Committee contained in House Resolution 1 (HR 1).
from NEHA President, Keith Krinn, to Congress in support for the funding recommendations contained in the Presidentís budget for both FY 2011 and FY 2012 concerning the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Letter to the Office of Management and Budget in Support of Food Safety Funding.
In a joint effort with NACCHO, NEHA recently sent a letter to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), which is part of the Executive Office of the President that prepares the Presidentís budget. The letter is in support of resources for FDAís Division of Federal-State Relations, and specifically supports increased funding to improve the local food safety workforce through training and certification in order to better equip them to enforce FDAís Retail Food Code.
from NEHA President, Welford Roberts, to President Obama in support
of legislation calling for the development of a National Prevention and
Health Promotion Strategy as well as the provisions to establish a
Public Health Investment Fund.
Places Act of 2006;
Public Health Emergency and Bioterrorism Preparedness and Response Act;
Endorsed public health workforce
Endorsed environmental public health
Opposed legislation pre-empting local
control over food safety programs (H.R.
For more information
about NEHA's efforts to advocate for environmental health professionals,
please contact Larry Marcum.