NEHA Releases Second COVID-19 EH Workforce Needs Assessment Report
Denver, CO—The National Environmental Health Association is pleased to release the preliminary findings report from our nationwide environmental health workforce needs assessment in response to COVID-19, conducted between July 15 and August 31, 2020. The aim of the assessment was to collect primary data in support of efforts to assess environmental health workforce activities and identify needs in response to COVID-19. Information about the survey was sent to approximately 6,800 individuals via several e-mail marketing endeavors and had a reach of approximately 1,200 individuals via three social media platforms. In total, 767 individuals completed the survey. A comprehensive report is forthcoming.
The findings are unequivocal. Environmental health practitioners, many of whom are employed at small local agencies, are actively supporting COVID-19 response and recovery. Their contributions are felt in safely reopening and restoring the economy, emergency operation centers, contact tracing, and communications efforts, in addition to their customary responsibilities. They have been tasked to take on new roles and responsibilities that sometimes place them at risk of harm from the disease. They report being emotionally exhausted and understaffed. The impending vaccination initiatives will likely increase their workload. We recommend environmental health staff be included early as active and meaningful participants in formulating plans to vaccinate the public.
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The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) is a professional society with more than 6,000 governmental, private, academic, and uniformed services sector environmental health professionals in the U.S., its territories, and internationally. NEHA is the profession's strongest advocate for excellence in the practice of environmental health as it delivers on its mission to build, sustain, and empower an effective environmental health workforce. This mission is fulfilled in the products and services offered by NEHA to advance the environmental health professional through credentialing, training, education, networking, professional development, and policy involvement opportunities. Learn more about NEHA at www.neha.org.