Position Papers

One of the National Environmental Health Association's (NEHA's) responsibilities is to speak up on issues of concern to our members, and one way of doing this involves adopting positions. By publishing these positions, we strive to keep you informed about where we stand as an association on issues critical to environmental health. If you and/or your colleagues have the opportunity to advance any of these positions, we encourage you to do so.

NEHA supports National Preparedness Month and advocates for national, state, and local policies, regulations, research, and resources that enhance the ability of environmental health professionals to contribute to and benefit from emergency preparedness. 

NEHA supports National Food Safety Education Month and is dedicated to reducing the burden of disease caused by foodborne illness and supporting food safety education through training, credentialing, and partnership.

NEHA has joined with 37 environmental health organizations from across the globe to issue a declaration in support for World Environmental Health Day and the environmental health workforce. Together we are unified in our applause of the character, dedication, and service of our colleagues.

NEHA recognizes that racism hinders its members from fully carrying out its mission to “advance the environmental health professional with the purpose of providing a healthful environment for all.” Therefore, NEHA recommends that environmental health professionals address structural and systemic... read more

NEHA encourages the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to consider the need for identifying non-traditional Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) consumers, such as environmental health practitioners, to maximize the effectiveness in the distribution of critical medical resources... read more

NEHA President Dr. Priscilla Oliver on the environmental health's response to the Black Lives Matter movement. 

The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) encourages state, local, and federal leaders to follow the guidance and direction of their public and environmental health professionals in the effort to reopen the country after coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) quarantine measures.

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NEHA recommends the complete adoption and implementation of the current Food Code by all federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial governmental agencies to promote the most current knowledge on food safety.

NEHA advocates for national, state, and local policies, regulations, research, and resources that will enhance the ability of environmental health professionals to regulate Cottage Foods and Home-Based Restaurants in order to protect public health.

NEHA is committed to work towards 100% clean energy use by 2030. We will employ administrative, educational, engineering, and fiscal measures to meet this goal.