NEHA Announces Keynote Address and Grand Session Kickoff Speakers for 2018 AEC

NEHA 2018 AEC and HUD Healthy Homes ConferenceDENVER – The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) 2018 Annual Educational Conference (AEC) & Exhibition and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Healthy Homes Conference, presented by Green & Healthy Homes Initiative, will take place June 25-28, 2018, in Anaheim, California.  

The  2018 AEC will bring together over 1,000 environmental health professionals for an in-depth look at some of the most important environmental health issues facing the nation. Attendees will be able to learn how their peers are working with multiple agencies, industries, and levels of government to build Bridges, Bonds, and Benefits to ensure the safety of the public and environment, and to further the environmental health profession. There are more than 200 educational sessions in approximately two dozen different topic tracks covering the full gamut of environmental health subjects.

NEHA is excited to announce the Keynote Address and Grand Session Kickoff speakers.

Keynote Address: June 25, 2018

Frank Yiannas, 2018 AEC Keynote SpeakerFrank Yiannas, Walmart Vice President of Food Safety and Health  

As environmental health professionals, getting others to comply with what you’re asking is critical, but it’s not always easy. When it comes to food safety, people’s attitudes, choices, and behaviors are some of the most important factors influencing the overall safety of our food supply. If you’re trying to improve the food safety performance of an organization, industry, or region, what you’re really trying to do is change people’s behaviors.

In this innovative presentation, “Food Safety = Behavior,” Frank Yiannas, Walmart Vice President of Food Safety and Health, will provide fascinating insight into proven behavioral science principles with suggested applications on how they might be used to advance food safety and environmental health.





Grand Session Kickoff: June 26, 2018

RADM Stephen Redd, 2018 AEC Grand Session Kickoff SpeakerRADM Stephen Redd, MD, Director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Getting his start at CDC nearly 30 years ago, Dr. Redd is no stranger to the demands of leading national efforts to combat a public health emergency. During the 2009 H1N1 pandemic, he served as incident manager and was responsible for leading CDC’s efforts to keep Americans healthy and safe by protecting them from the flu. “As a runner and a swimmer, I like to compare a public health response to a race,” says Dr. Redd. “Like a race, an emergency response requires preparation and endurance. You must be able to hold a steady pace that will get you to the finish line, but there are also times when you are required to sprint, to learn on your feet, and to respond to challenges and changes as they are thrown at you. The key to entering the race is being mentally and physically prepared to take on the challenge and commit to getting to the finish line.”

Dr. Redd will be speaking about disaster relief efforts and the importance of environmental health.


The 2018 AEC serves to provide education to environmental health and protection professionals to enhance their proficiency in a wide range of environmental health subjects and provide specialized training in specific interest areas. Additional conference details are available at

Release Date: 
Tuesday, February 20, 2018