NEHA Cancels 2020 AEC Due to COVID-19 Pandemic

NEHA News Release


Release Date: 
April 20, 2020

Unprecedented Cancellation Prioritizes Health and Safety

The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) has closely monitored developments of the COVID-19 pandemic since its inception earlier this year. After careful deliberation, the NEHA Board of Directors has made the difficult but necessary decision to cancel the 84th Annual Educational Conference (AEC) & Exhibition scheduled for July 13–16 in New York City. We prioritize the health of our members, attendees, partners, presenters, contractors, students, and staff over all other concerns.

“For the first time in our 83-year history we will be unable to gather face-to-face to celebrate our environmental health unsung heroes,” said Dr. David Dyjack, NEHA executive director. “We are desperately needed in communities everywhere to assist in a return to normalcy. Let our science drive the recovery and resiliency of our communities and let us share our lessons learned the next time we meet at the 2021 AEC in Spokane, Washington.”

View an important announcement from Dr. David Dyjack, NEHA executive director, regarding the NEHA 2020 AEC

All NEHA 2020 AEC conference registrations, preconference workshop registrations, and special event registrations will automatically be refunded. Full registration refunds will be made based on when NEHA received the most recent payment. Once your registration cancellation is processed, you will receive confirmation via e-mail. You do not need to contact NEHA to initiate the refund process.

NEHA is working on a plan for maintaining professional credentials and continuing education. Details will be announced upon finalization. Please remember to cancel any personal arrangements you have made including travel and lodging reservations.

Visit the AEC website for complete details regarding the 2020 AEC cancellation and refund information.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during these challenging times. We deeply appreciate and are indebted to everyone who contributed their resources, time, and hard work in support of the 2020 AEC planning phases. We look forward to seeing you next year in Spokane!

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About the National Environmental Health Association

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