Workforce Development

Intelligent Service Delivery through a Web Based Environmental Health Knowledge System

How can funding cuts improve environmental health service delivery? Through innovations like the online Regulatory Information and Management System (RIAMS) being used in the UK and Australia, which has delivered big productivity gains and improved service outcomes across international borders. This success has led to more creative approaches for delivering environmental health through public health data, using apps for channel shifting service demand, and encouraging self-service to enable providers to do more with less and enable professionals to focus on the priorities of the day.

Effective Recruitment of Undergraduate Environmental Health Interns for Retention in the Workforce

The EH workforce is experiencing a shortage in well-trained, entry level workers. Attracting and retaining undergraduates in EH can be achieved by internship experiences that are 1) a good match for both the interns and the provider, 2) responsibly training interns and providing a positive EH experience, and 3) appropriately recruiting and retaining interns from undergraduate programs.


Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC

Developing and Retaining Your Professional Staff

Many agencies have experienced the loss of public health positions in recent years. Salt Lake County has created two initiatives to develop and retain staff and to ensure that vital functions continue when key personnel are lost. This session discusses Succession Planning and Supervisory Internship Programs to build and strengthen a pool of existing talent in the county workforce by developing necessary skills and leadership abilities. Evaluate these approaches and use them as a foundation for initiatives in your organization.


Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC

Collaboration, Cooperation, and Development in Environmental Health

This session will examine the efficacy of cooperation and collaboration in environmental and public health projects. Specific examples involving cross border collaboration and cooperation between professionals from widely differing backgrounds and cultures will be explored. These lessons learned, successes, and failures will help you plan new projects and deliver existing projects more effectively.

Doing More with Less is an Oxymoron (and It's Not Realistic!)

Do you ever feel overwhelmed and lacking the support and resources to do a good job? Don't be guilty of practicing random acts of implementation for your personal career or professional responsibilities. Taking simple steps to develop an integrated plan that aligns individual, group and organizational goals will make life easier for you and those around you. Take control and enjoy the benefits of having transparent aspirations and realistic expectations.


Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC


Changing Your Organization's Direction: Key Steps in Charting a Successful Course

So you are a Leader in the ever changing field of Environmental Health, now what? Which direction should you go and where should you focus your energies in order to be successful? This session will address specific areas a leader must address and provide proven tools and ideas to the attendee.


Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC

Achieving Excellence in a Time of Austerity

In 2015, we are facing real budgetary challenges as the demand for public health services continues to increase. Attendees will see how both data and stakeholder input to help inform decisions about program priorities. This session will use 4 case studies to illustrate how to continue to strive for excellence, despite these challenges. The presentation will conclude with a summary of the changes made over the last 12 months and their outcomes and impacts.


Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC

2013 NEHA/UL Sabbatical Exchange Award to Canada: Comparing Undergraduate Environmental Health Education in Canada and the United States

Article Abstract

This guest commentary describes the 2013 NEHA/UL Sabbatical Exchange Award winner’s project. Dr. Hart traveled to three colleges in Canada that have undergraduate degree programs that lead to certification as a Public Health Inspector as certified by the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors. Dr. Hart was interested in how the Canadian curriculums/programs differed or were similar to U.S. curriculums/programs. 

Building Agency Capacity

These days, every health department is being tasked to increase capacity - capacity to provide customer services, to innovate, and, most importantly, to ensure a healthy population. This session will showcase four real-life case studies where the local health department (some small, some large) committed to leadership, responsible data management, program management, and even operations, eliminated non value-added activities.