Healthy Homes

The Underground History of Sewers

 

Eligible for NEHA CEUs!

Have you ever wondered what happens after you flush the toilet? Once you pull that lever, anything inside your porcelain bowl goes on a wild ride through miles upon miles of pipes and tunnels until it reaches its final destination — one which isn't where you think.

Join New York Adventure Club for a deep dive into the intricate systems of pipes and water tunnels that create our sewer systems, which us humans so often clog up in our daily lives.

The Safety of Public Toilets

 

Public toilets are what help give people the ability to take care of themselves while out in the public sphere, and we all need them. While they may not be new, they still are not as common as many as we would like, and different kinds of people may not feel safe using public toilets. Has this always been the case?

Principles of Vapor Mitigation Online Course

This online program will provide a full spectrum look into current practices of vapor intrusion mitigation system design and installation. The program will begin with a solid foundation of system design and a theoretical framework for functionality. Furthermore, it will delve into practical mitigation strategies along with the shortcomings of adapting antiquated inefficient design to modern mitigation systems in both retrofit and new construction scenarios. Below is a course outline.

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Webinar: Winners of the HUD Secretary's Awards for Healthy Homes

 

Winners of the HUD Secretary's Awards for Healthy Homes Webinar

Wednesday, August 19, 2:00–3:00 p.m. EDT

HUD will host a webinar with the five winners of the 2020 HUD Secretary's Awards for Healthy Homes. The target audience for the webinar consists of the wide range of professionals engaged in the healthy homes arena. The winners will describe their programs, with ample time allowed for questions and answers.

Earth Day

Celebrate Earth Day with NEHA & Earth Day Network

50th Anniversary
April 22, 2020

The National Environmental Health Association is proud to join Earth Day Network in celebrating Earth Day 2020 on April 22.  This year marks 50 years of Earth Day.

BIA Webinar - Power of Partnerships: Strengthening Agency and Industry Relationships

BIA Fall Webinar - Power of Partnerships: Strengthening Agency and Industry Relationships

On November 7, 2019 NEHA's Business Industry Affiliate held a webinar entitled Power of Partnerships: Strengthening Agency and Industry Relationships featuring three environmental health experts who shared their experience in building relationships with public and private sector partners.

About the Presenters

Becky Elias, Director, Global Food Safety Quality & Regulatory, Starbucks Coffee Company
Becky Elias is the Director of Global Retail Food Safety for Starbucks. Becky has over 15 years of experience working in food systems, and is deeply passionate about the intersection of food, health and community. Prior to joining Starbucks, Becky led food safety for Seattle & King County Public Health where she launched a new food safety rating program and a method to disclose outbreaks in real time. She also worked for the Washington State Department of Agriculture helping to develop farm-to-school supply chains.

Becky presented on the partnership Starbucks Coffee Company has fostered with Feeding America and the Food Donation Connection to develop a Starbucks food donation program throughout the US. She will also share how learnings from this partnership are informing an initiative on food waste reduction and food donation efforts with state agencies.

Brian Keller, Business Development Manager & Food Safety Specialist, ABC Home & Commercial Services
Brian recently accepted a position with ABC Home and Commercial Services in Lewisville, TX. Prior to this new role, Brian worked as an Environmental Public Health Specialist for Cass County Health Department located immediately south in the Kansas City Metropolitan area. During his career, Brian worked to: 1) develop an objective In Compliance/ Out of Compliance criteria for food establishments, and 2) develop local ordinances and inspection programs to address public aquatic venue and lodging establishment sanitation and safety. Brian is a past president of the Missouri Environmental Health Association, a member of the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) and is currently serving as the Vice President of NEHA’s Business and Industry Affiliate.

Brian shared the collaboration of 6 local public health authorities in MO as they came to an agreement on reciprocity for food handler cards. Food employees were required to have separate food handler cards for each jurisdiction they worked. Now, their food handler cards are valid across county lines.

Courtney Halbrook, Senior Manager of Food Safety, TopGolf
Courtney Halbrook is Senior Manager of Food Safety for Topgolf. Topgolf is a global sports and entertainment venue with nearly 60 locations in 27 states, and internationally. Each venue is approximately 30K square feet of entertainment space including event and banquet spaces serviced by a large commercial kitchen where foods are made primarily from scratch. Courtney has a Master’s Degree in Environmental Science and is a Registered Environmental Health Specialist with 25 years of experience in manufacturing and restaurant food safety. At Topgolf, Courtney has responsibility for all things food safety and quality assurance such as regulatory compliance, development of corporate food safety practices and procedures, food safety training, supplier food safety and quality assurance, construction plan review and food safety crisis management.

Courtney presented on the proactive approach Topgolf takes to partner with local public health authorities during development and construction of new venues. She described the ongoing regulatory relationship building efforts which aids in time of crisis.

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