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Government Affairs Webinars

Past Webinars

Environmental Health Workforce Act

October 13, 2021

Description

NEHA’s Government Affairs hosted an exciting webinar on the Environmental Health Workforce Act on Wednesday, October 13 at 4 p.m. EDT. We heard from Representative Brenda Lawrence (D-Michigan), who reintroduced the bill in April 2021, and NEHA Executive Director Dr. David Dyjack as they discussed the reintroduction of the Environmental Health Workforce Act and the impact the law will have on the environmental health profession.

The Environmental Health Workforce Act (H.R. 2661) was introduced by Representative Lawrence on April 19, 2021. The act would require the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to:

  • Develop model standards and guidelines for credentialing environmental health workers.
  • Require the Secretary to develop a comprehensive and coordinated plan to develop the environmental health workforce.
  • Issue a report on best practices.
  • Make credentialed environmental health workers eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.

Through the enactment of the Environmental Health Workforce Act, this nation can ensure that its environmental health workforce is trained, credentialed, and ready to handle the environmental threats that impact public health.

Speakers

Brenda Lawrence, Representative, D-Michigan, U.S. House of Representatives

David Dyjack, DrPH, CIH, Executive Director, National Environmental Health Association
 

FAQ's

Questions and Answers from the NEHA Webinar on the Environmental Health Workforce Act (PDF)

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Government Affairs: Updates From the Field

September 16, 2021

Description

Learn about the issues and concerns regarding environmental health policy in Congress, the Administration, and states in the U.S. from NEHA Director of Government Affairs Doug Farquhar.

Speaker

Doug Farquhar, JD, Director of Government Affairs, National Environmental Health Association

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Environmental Health Priorities at CDC, FDA, and EPA Under the Biden Administration

January 13, 2021

Description

The CDC, FDA, and EPA have ambitious agendas based on the issues that the Biden Administration wants to accomplish. From COVID-19 to Climate Change, each agency will take on many issues they seek to tackle. What will be the main priorities for each agency on environmental health? What policies can we expect? What regulations? Tune in to hear Doug Farquhar, director of NEHA’s Government Affairs, to learn about the priorities for these agencies and how they may impact the environmental health workforce. NEHA partnered with the Business Industry Affiliate to produce this webinar. 

Moderator

Reem Tariq, Project Coordinator, National Environmental Health Association

Speaker

Doug Farquhar, JD, Director of Government Affairs, National Environmental Health Association

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Environmental Health Within the New Administration and Congress

December 2, 2020

Description

The Election Season has wrapped up, and it's time for everyone to focus on the agenda for the new Administration and Congress. This webinar covered elements of what may be in store for environmental health come January. Please note that this webinar is sponsored by HealthSpace USA Inc.

Moderator

Reem Tariq, Project Coordinator, National Environmental Health Association

Speaker

Doug Farquhar, JD, Director of Government Affairs, National Environmental Health Association

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NFS Council of Public Health Consultants 

September 24, 2020

Description

The NSF Council of Public Health Consultants heard from NEHA Director of Government Affairs Doug Farquhar on state legislative summaries of environmental health legislation, including discussions on enacted legislation related to body art, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), toxics and chemicals, and food safety.

Moderator

Paul Olson, American Water Works Association

Speaker

Doug Farquhar, JD, Director of Government Affairs, National Environmental Health Association

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Bridging the Gaps Between Environmental Quality and Public Health

September 16, 2020

Description

The Chesapeake Bay Program’s Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) hosted a webinar panel discussion on Bridging the Gaps Between Environmental Quality and Public Health. The webinar aimed to foster a deeper understanding of the connections between public health and environmental protection. The panel discussed opportunities for professionals and stakeholders in both fields to bridge the gaps and inform each other’s efforts for positive change.

Moderators

Julie Lawson, CAC Vice Chair; Director, Mayor's Office of the Clean City, Washington, DC

Surili Patel, Deputy Director for the Center for Public Health Policy, American Public Health Association

Panelists

Doug Farquhar, JD, Director of Government Affairs, National Environmental Health Association

Adrienne Hollis, Senior Climate Justice and Health Scientist, Union of Concerned Scientists

Liz Perera, Climate Policy Director, Sierra Club

Sacoby Wilson, Associate Professor, University of Maryland

Nse Obott Witherspoon, Executive Director, Children's Environmental Health Network

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Food Safety Legislation Now and Future

April 10, 2020

Description

A Chat With Doug Farquhar: In 2019, state legislatures introduced more than 750 bills related to food and food safety, with 132 enacted and 17 adopted into law. Laws in 42 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, DC, were enacted regarding food. New Jersey and New York had the most bills related to the topic (63 and 59, respectively), followed by Hawaii (46). At the opposite end, Alaska and Ohio did not have any bills in 2019 related to food safety. 

Speaker

Doug Farquhar, JD, Director of Government Affairs, National Environmental Health Association

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