History Project

"The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future." – Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States

In 2020, NEHA President Dr. Priscilla Oliver (2019–2020) appointed a committee to study and review the rich history of NEHA, as well as that of the environmental health field. In light of the many advances and new innovations that have occurred in environmental health over the past decades, it is important to examine where we have been and what we have accomplished, which will position our profession to look to the future. And so, the NEHA History Project Task Force was created.

The NEHA History Project Task Force is charged with making the important history of NEHA and environmental health available to all NEHA members, as well as other practitioners, students, and the general public. The task force, made up of luminaries from across the environmental health field, convened in March 2020 to assess the history we have recorded, gather data and historical documents, collect historical artifacts, and review records.

Through this website, the NEHA History Project Task Force endeavors to preserve our rich history and share our story with all.

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Join the History Project

The task force is currently looking for new members. We meet monthly and members are asked to contribute to current projects and endeavors. You do not need to be a NEHA member, nor do you need to possess any historical knowledge of the profession. We are looking for members who are excited about preserving our history and contributing to our work.

To be considered, please complete the application form below. Applications will be reviewed by task force chairs and you will be notified of our decision as soon as possible.

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Learn More

  • Past AECs | Webpage
  • Past Leaders & Awards Winners | Webpage
  • Green Book | Webpage
  • Read the September 2020 JEH NEHA News | PDF
  • Read the July/August 2021 JEH NEHA News | PDF
  • Read the July/August 2022 JEH NEHA News | PDF