NEHA Environmental Health Committees

NEHA’s Environmental Health (EH) Advisory Workgroups are member led committees that provide guidance, input, and expertise to NEHA leadership and program staff, fellow EH professionals, and to partner organizations regarding environmental health policies and programs, including but not limited to: food safety, preparedness and emergency response, climate change, health impact assessments, health in all policies, indoor air quality, children’s environmental health, drinking water, unregulated water, recreational water, body art, vector control, integrated pest management, public health tracking, informatics, and emerging issues.

Committee Profiles

Body Art CommitteeBody Art Icon with tattoo gun

Mission: To be a resource for environmental health professionals and NEHA leadership dedicated to developing resources and programs, increasing workforce capacity and fostering improved body art practices to protect public health.

Description: NEHA’s Body Art Committee is comprised of public and private sector experts working in partnership to provide outcomes in the following priority areas:

  • Development of a Body Art Model Code that reflects best practices and standardized procedures to ensure public health and safety in the field of body art.
  • Identification of training gaps, needs of the profession, and emerging issues and recommendations for addressing these and other issues.
  • Identification of best practices, successes and challenges for environmental health professionals working in the field of body art.
  • Guidance, input and participation in the development of NEHA’s body art program and projects.
  • Promotion and dissemination of NEHA body art related materials and resources.
  • Ongoing collaboration with organizations interested in ensuring best practices and safety in the field of body art.
  • Development and identification of training materials, guidance documents, and policy statements relating to the field of body art.

Membership: NEHA's Body Art Committee is comprised of local, state, federal and industry professionals with environmental health and body art expertise.

Time Commitment: NEHA’s Body Art Committee is currently meeting every week to finalize the Body Art Model Code updates. After that project is complete, regularly scheduled calls will be held 1x/month.

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Climate Change CommitteeClimate Change Icon with sun

Mission: To be a resource in addressing the environmental and public health impacts from climate change.

Description: NEHA’s Climate Change Committee is comprised of experts from local and state agencies, academia, and industry working together to address the environmental and public health impacts from climate change and provide resources and collaborative solutions. The Climate Change Committee goals are: 1) ensure NEHA members have basic climate science information; 2) develop, share, review, and disseminate resources on climate change policies, programs, and best practices to support NEHA, EH professionals, and the public; 3) identify and recommend the needs of the profession, training gaps, challenges, and emerging issues; and 4) guide and provide input on NEHA’s climate change programs and projects.

Membership: Committee members must be a NEHA member and can include a diverse representation from local, state, tribal, territorial, and federal agencies; and academia and industry. Members must demonstrate expertise and experience in environmental health and climate change and related fields.

Time Commitment: At least one conference call a month, work in between meetings, and on sub-committees. Appointment is for a two-year term with an option for reappointment to a second two-year term.

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Food Safety CommitteeFood Safety Icon with apple

Mission:  To be a resource for food safety professionals and NEHA leadership dedicated to fostering food safety programs, reducing foodborne illness and protecting the food supply.

Description: NEHA’s Food Safety Committee is comprised of public and private sector food safety experts working in partnership to provide outcomes in the following priority areas:

  • Development of position papers and policy statements.
  • Guidance and input on NEHA’s food safety programs and projects.   
  • Promotion and dissemination of NEHA food safety related and committee developed materials and resources.
  • Suggestions and input on the NEHA food safety webpages.
  • Identification and recommendations related to training gaps, needs of the profession, horizon challenges, and emerging food safety issues.
  • Identification of best practices, successes and challenges for environmental health professionals in food safety.

Membership: Local, state, tribal, territorial, and federal level food safety professionals as well as academic and industry food safety professionals active in food safety. 

Time Commitment: At least one conference call a month to begin, and work in between meetings, and on sub-groups. Appointment is for a two-year term with an option for reappointment to a second two-year term.


Informatics CommitteeInformatics icon with heart

Mission:   To be a resource for environmental health professionals and NEHA leadership dedicated to developing informatics resources and programs, increasing workforce capacity and fostering improved data-use to protect public health.

Description: NEHA’s Informatics Committee is comprised of public and private sector experts working in partnership to provide outcomes in the following priority areas:

  • Identification and recommendations related to training gaps, needs of the profession, and emerging issues.
  • Identification of best practices, successes and challenges for environmental health professionals in data-use.
  • Guidance, input and participation in the development of NEHA’s informatics programs and projects.
  • Promotion and dissemination of NEHA informatics-related and committee developed materials and resources.

Membership: NEHA's Informatics Committee is comprised of local, state, federal and industry professionals with environmental health and informatics expertise.

Time Commitment: *Committee is on hiatus until early 2019* Committee calls are generally held once a month with sub-committee groups formed as needed. Members are appointed to a one-year term with the option of continuing.

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Vector Control CommitteeVector icon with bug

Mission:  To be a resource for environmental health professionals and NEHA leadership dedicated to developing resources and programs, fostering improved vector control programs to protect public health.

Description: NEHA’s Vector Committee is comprised of experts working in partnership to provide outcomes in the following priority areas:

  • Identification and recommendations related to resource gaps, needs of the profession, and emerging issues.
  • Identification of best practices, successes and challenges for environmental health professionals in vector programs.
  • Guidance, input and participation in the development of vector resources and projects.
  • Promotion and dissemination of NEHA related-related and committee developed materials and resources.

Membership: NEHA's Vector Control Committee is comprised of local, state, federal and industry professionals with environmental health and vector expertise.

Time Commitment: *Committee is on hiatus until early 2019* Committee calls are generally held once a month with sub-committee groups formed as needed. Members are appointed to a one-year term with the option of continuing.

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