NEHA Conference Extends a Global Reach to Focus on Universal Environmental Health Issues
DENVER — In a field of study where oil spills, air pollution and food safety cross geographic and political boundaries, the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) is partnering with the International Federation of Environmental Health (IFEH) to provide a global focus to its 2014 Annual Educational Conference (AEC) & Exhibition. By broadening the conference this year and incorporating the IFEH 13th World Congress, the two organizations recognize that it is increasingly important for practitioners to collaborate and interact to address the world’s critical environmental health issues in innovative ways.
It has been more than a decade since IFEH has brought the meeting to the U.S., and this year’s meeting will convene in Las Vegas from July 7-11, 2014. Approximately 1,200 attendees are expected from the U.S. and more than a dozen other nations.
The goal of the partnership is to allow attendees to share novel solutions to their everyday problems exploring a wider application of the best practices that improve health and safety with expediency and effectiveness. Internationally, environmental health professionals face the same challenges, but experience different regulatory, cultural, political, and economic barriers on the path to public health protection.
“By understanding and learning how others have addressed similar challenges around the world, attendees may discover approaches and solutions yet untried in their own practices,” said Jill Schnipke, education coordinator for NEHA.
The NEHA 2014 AEC and IFEH World Congress offers more than 150 educational sessions across 25 environmental health topic areas or tracks including sessions with an internationally focused topic or presenter. Sessions were chosen not only on international diversity but also have a focus on innovative ideas and tools providing tangible results, skills, and practices that attendees will be able to apply or implement as a result of their attendance.
Food Protection and Defense is one of the more popular tracks and offers a unique experience for professionals from all over the world to engage with a comprehensive panel of experts to discuss important issues such as international collaboration and the implementation of an integrated food safety system.
A sampling of some of the tracks and sessions scheduled for the AEC/World Congress will include:
Food Protection and Defense:
“Food Safety Apps Can Improve Food Safety Standards”
“Catch Me if You Can: Misbranding, Adulterating, and Counterfeiting Foods”
Emergency Preparedness and Response:
“Incorporating Emergency Preparedness into Retail Food Facility Inspections”
“Hurricane Sandy: A Complex Environmental Health Communications Challenge”
Technology and Environmental Health:
“Using GIS Mapping to Get Rid of Rodents”
“Can Technology Improve Hand Washing Behaviors?”
Sustainability and Climate Change:
“Currumbin–A Community Designed Around Environmental Sustainability Wastewater Reuse in Queensland, Australia”
“Climate Change Impacts and Options: Case Studies in the Northwest Arctic Borough, Alaska”
Land Use Planning–Science to Policy:
“Levels of Heavy Metals in Traffic-Related Particulate Matter Along a Major Motorway in Nigeria”
“Rio Verde, Ecuador: Populations Under Attack by Environmental Conditions”
About the National Environmental Health Association
The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) is professional society with more than 4,500 members in the public and private sectors as well as in universities and uniformed services. NEHA's mission, "To advance the environmental health professional for the purpose of providing a healthful environment for all" is fulfilled in the products and services offered by NEHA to advance the environmental health professional through credentialing, training, education, networking, professional development, and policy involvement opportunities. Learn more about NEHA at www.neha.org.