NEHA Fully Endorses Environmental Health Workforce Act of 2021
Act Prioritizes Education and Training for Existing and New Environmental Health Professionals
The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) is proud to announce its support of the Environmental Health Workforce Act (HR 2661), a bill introduced in Congress on April 19, 2021, by Representative Brenda Lawrence (D-Michigan).
Only 28 states currently require environmental health workers to hold a professional credential. This bill would require the Secretary of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to:
- Establish guidelines for a credentialed environmental health workforce.
- Request a U.S. Government Accountability Office study of the profession comparing three states that require credentials with three states that do not require credentials.
- Allow states that already have credential requirements to remain untouched.
The Environmental Health Workforce Act will provide a framework for every state in the country, ensuring that there is a consistent set of guidelines and standards to provide quality education and training for environmental health professionals.
Since 1939, NEHA has offered a Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian (REHS/RS) credential that defines a set of competencies, which are evidenced through testing and maintained through continuing education.
NEHA Government Affairs has been working since its inception to ensure that every state has a credentialed environmental health workforce. We will continue to keep you updated as these and other important bills move through Congress.
About the National Environmental Health Association
The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) is a professional society with more than 6,500 members in the public and private sectors as well as in universities and uniformed services. NEHA's mission, "To advance the environmental health professional for the purpose of providing a healthful environment for all" 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.