NEHA's Digital Defense: Education for a Safer World Virtual Conference & Exhibition

NEHA's Digital Defense: Education for a Safer World Virtual Conference & Exhibition is a highly informative forum that brought together over 2,000 environmental public health professionals and food and water safety specialists to discuss the impact of COVID-19 and emerging issues and solutions. The virtual conference was held on August 18 and 19, 2020. The virtual conference environment included auditorium presentations, poster sessions, a networking lounge, and exhibitor booths and resources. Two educational tracks on food safety and water were offered.

NEHA thanks all of the attendees, presenters, and exhibitors who participated in NEHA's Digital Defense: Education for a Safer World Virtual Conference & Exhibition. We also thank the Food and Drug Administration for its support of this virtual conference.

On-demand access to NEHA's Digital Defense closed on February 28, 2021.

NEHA members can access the presentations through NEHA E-Learning. After logging in via MyNEHA, members have the option to select the food safety and/or water safety tracks. Each presentation provides a speaker bio and the number of continuing education (CE) contact hours that can be earned. After completing the presentation and filling out a survey, members will be able to download a CE certificate. 



August 18, 2020

(Times listed are MDT.)

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM: Exhibition Hall and Poster Hall

10:00 – 10:05 AM: Welcome

David T. Dyjack, DrPH, CIH, Executive Director, National Environmental Health Association (NEHA)

10:05 – 11:00 AM: Plenary International Panel: How Are EH Professionals Internationally Ensuring Safety and Health During COVID-19

David T. Dyjack, DrPH, CIH, Executive Director, NEHA
Kirstin Ross, PhD, Associate Professor, Flinders University, Australia
Graeme Mitchell, MA, Senior Lecturer, Liverpool John Moores University, UK
Matilde Alexandra Rodrigues, PhD, Professor, Polytechnic Institute of Porto, Portugal
Henry Dawson, MSc, CEnvH, Senior/Principle Lecturer, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Educational Track Sessions

Food Safety


12:00 – 12:30 PM: Break

12:30 – 3:45 PM: Educational Track Sessions

Food Safety


3:45 – 4:00 PM: Plenary Session: COVID-19 Response: The Interconnection of Environmental Health and Infectious Disease

Patrick Breysse, PhD, CIH, Director, National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry


August 19, 2020

9:00 AM – 5:00 PM: Exhibition Hall and Poster Hall

10:00 – 10:05 AM: Welcome

Sandra Long, REHS, President, NEHA

10:05 AM – 12:00 PM: Educational Track Sessions

Food Safety


12:00 – 12:30 PM: Break

12:30 – 3:00 PM: Educational Track Sessions

Food Safety


3:00 – 3:45 PM: Plenary International Panel: Changing Roles and Responsibilities

Doug Farquhar, JD, Director, Government Affairs, NEHA
Toni Hannelly, PhD, Curtin University, Western Australia
Tom Butts, MSc, REHS, Senior Environmental Health Consultant, Tri-County Health Department; Managing Partner, Colorado Environmental Public Health Services, LLC
Palak Raval-Nelson, PhD, Director, Environmental Health Services, Philadelphia Department of Public Health

3:45 – 4:00 PM: Closing Remarks: FDA and NEHA: Entering a New Era of Smarter Food Safety Together

Frank Yiannas, Deputy Commissioner, Office of Food Policy and Response, Office of the Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration (FDA)


During the virtual conference, attendees were able to interact with top experts who provided important tools to help make environmental health professionals more efficient and effective in their jobs. Attendees were to able view the products and services offered by each, as well as interacted with the exhibitors through real-time chat. Thank you to the exhibitors who participated, as well as the attendees who visited their booths.


American Academy of Sanitarians
Association of Food and Drug Officials
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
Council for the Model Aquatic Health Code
Enthalpy Analytical
Glo Germ
HC Info
HealthSpace USA Inc.
Hedgerow Software US, Inc.
Industrial Test Systems, Inc.
Infiltrator Water Technologies
Inspect2GO Health Inspection Software
National Restaurant Association
National Environmental Health Association
National Environmental Health Association, Private Water Network
National Onsite Wastewater Recycling Association
NSF International
Ozark River Manufacturing Co.
Pool and Hot Tub Alliance
QuanTem Laboratories, LLC
Sanipur US LLC
Square Software
Sweeps Software, Inc.
Taylor Technologies, Inc.
Water Quality Association
Underwriters Laboratories
University of Illinois–IL State Water Survey