On May 1, 2018, NEHA's board of directors descended on Washington, DC, to visit Capitol Hill to advocate for NEHA members and the environmental health profession. The board spent the day meeting with U.S. Congress staff from the Senate and House of Representatives. In total, over 43 offices from both political parties were visited to ensure that the environmental health profession is at the table when it comes to major policy decisions.
The major focus of the meetings was to highlight to the highest level of influencers the importance of a credentialed environmental health workforce to protect public health and safety. Board members also advocated for support of the Environmental Health Workforce Act and the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Act, as well as increased funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.
"Hill Day provides a potent opportunity to communicate the value of the environmental health profession directly to key political decision makers and influencers," stated NEHA Executive Director Dr. David Dyjack. NEHA President Adam London added, "It is powerful and rewarding to see our elected officials realize that environmental health is part of our national security. Our Second Annual Hill Day challenged elected officials to think about environmental health as a national priority."
A full report on NEHA's Second Annual Hill Day will be published in the July/August 2018 Journal of Environmental Health.
Photo: NEHA's board of directors stand in front of the U.S. Capitol Building ready for a day of advocating for the profession. Photo courtesy of David Dyjack.