NEHA was honored on July 7, 2015, with a visit from Dr. Pat Breysse and several of his staff. Breysse, director of the National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (NCEH/ATSDR) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), took time out of his busy schedule to meet with Dr. David Dyjack, NEHA’s new executive director, and address the NEHA staff. Breysse joined CDC in December 2014 and leads its efforts to investigate the relationship between environmental factors and health. He has an impressive and broad environmental health background and shared with NEHA that he is carrying on the “family business” as his dad was a sanitarian.
Breysse discussed with NEHA a few of the priorities within NCEH/ATSDR such as asthma health disparities and the importance of the Environmental Public Health Tracking Program. He went on to emphasize that environmental health needs to be more vocal in telling its stories and educating the public on the importance of environmental health.
NEHA was privileged to have Breysse attend the recent 2015 Annual Educational Conference (AEC) & Exhibition in Orlando and provide the opening welcome. We are grateful to Breysse for taking the time to address the AEC attendees and our staff. We look forward to collaborating more closely with Breysse and NCEH/ATSDR in the future with the combined goal of advancing the environmental health profession.