Dr. Ben Carson Joins Speaker Lineup at the NEHA 2018 AEC and HUD Healthy Homes Conference

NEHA News Release


Release Date: 
May 23, 2018


Dr. Ben CarsonDenver, CO—Ben Carson, MD, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), will deliver the Welcome Address, “Unlocking the Potential of America’s Children: Check Your Home—Protect Your Family” at the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) 2018 Annual Educational Conference (AEC) & Exhibition and HUD Healthy Homes Conference, Monday, June 25 at the Anaheim Marriott, Anaheim, California.

For nearly 30 years, Dr. Carson served as director of pediatric neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, a position he assumed when he was 33 years old, becoming the youngest major division director in the hospital’s history. In 1987, he successfully performed the first separation of craniopagus twins conjoined at the back of the head. He also performed the first successful separation of type-2 vertical craniopagus twins in 1997 in South Africa.

Dr. Carson has received dozens of honors and awards in recognition of his achievements, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. He is also a recipient of the Spingarn Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Following Dr. Carson’s Welcome Address at the 2018 AEC will be Keynote Address presenter Frank Yiannas, vice president of Food Safety and Health for Walmart. Yiannas’ presentation, “Food Safety = Behavior,” 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.

The presenter for the Grand Session Kickoff on Tuesday, June 26, will be RADM Stephen Redd, MD, director of the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Redd will speak on the role and importance of environmental health professionals during disaster relief efforts.

For additional information about the 2018 NEHA AEC & HUD Healthy Homes Conference, please visit neha.org/aec.

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