NEHA's First Hill Day
NEHA successfully embarks on its first Hill Day Monday, February 13, 2017.
Director of Government Affairs, Joanne Zurcher, and Executive Director, David Dyjack, worked together to create a packed day where NEHA Board Officers, President, David Riggs, Past President, Bob Custard, President-Elect, Adam London, First Vice President, Vince Radke, and Second Vice President, Dr. Priscilla Oliver, met with congress member’s staff to discuss the Environmental Health Workforce Act and the importance of the environmental health profession.
“Nationally elected officials recognize that the public health workforce is critical to the health, safety and security of their constituents,” said NEHA Executive Director, David Dyjack. “What they didn’t know was the central role of the environmental health workforce in that endeavor. We bridged that gap in understanding, and created allies on both sides of the isle in the process. That’s the New NEHA.”
In addition to discussing the goals of the EH workforce bill with congress member’s staff, NEHA board officers encouraged their elected officials to co-sponsor the bill before it is reintroduced in the 115th Congress.
“The bill will ensure that a credentialed environmental health workforce is the standard and not the exception,” said NEHA Government Affairs Director, Joanne Zurcher. “Currently 22 states do not require their environmental health workforce to be credentialed.”
NEHA has only been in D.C. for one year and yet its influence is evident. Our Government Affairs Office is stretched thin with requests from association partners, Hill staff, and government agencies who desire input from the largest segment of the public health profession, the environmental health workforce. NEHA members can rest assured that we are working tirelessly to support your interests. Thank you for giving us the opportunity!