Representative Brenda Lawrence (D-Michigan) introduced the Environmental Health Workforce Act on April 19, 2021. The Environmental Health Workforce 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.
This bill will promote and invest in environmental health, strengthening our workforce. The bill is endorsed by the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA), Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs, and National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council.
NEHA has drafted a sign-on letter of support to congressional leaders that highlights the importance of this bill. Organizations and individuals can sign-on to the letter online to show their support. Sign-on letters are a way to amplify the impact of the support for this bill. We would appreciate having your association’s support on this important piece of legislation. Please fill out the below form to be included in the list of supporting organizations.