Welcome to the official blog for the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) 2008 Annual Educational Conference (AEC) & Exhibition. While our 2008 conference is over, we encourage you to read through these blog posts and comments and continue to share your thoughts and experiences. In particular, be sure to check out the “Who are we and who do we want to be?” discussion and let us know what you think.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

You've heard the panel discussion, now we'd like your input.

Okay now it's your turn.

Many Of you Heard the keynote, or read the post Who are we and what do we want to be?.

We'd like your input on the questions from the Key note:

  • Who Are We?
  • What do we want to be?

Click the comments link below and add your comment to the discussion about these two questions or any comment about the discussion. Enter your comment in the right hand box and follow the directions to post.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Who are we and what do we want to be?

Our profession is facing a future filled with uncertainty, opportunity and threats. Somewhere within this mix lies our destiny. What can we do to shape our destiny before other interests and/or events shape it for us? To help us to understand what NEHA needs to be saying to help us all reach the destiny we seek, NEHA is now engaging the profession in an unprecedented dialogue about our future. We invite you to join this discussion and to offer your thoughts and viewpoints for consideration. Please read this background information and respond to the following questions by posting a comment to this blog:
  • What are the unintended consequences (especially for local health departments) if a new federal Food Protection Agency is created? What should NEHA be saying to policy makers about this proposal? (Issue 1 – Food Agency)
  • What should environmental health look like after successful health care reform is instituted? (You can talk about any aspect of this fascinating issue, e.g., which institutions should environmental health should be practiced in, what funding mechanisms should be used for EH, what should the relationship between environmental health and the personal health care system look like, etc.) (Issue 2 – Health Care Reform)
  • How should accreditation evolve as a policy consideration for local environmental health programs? (Issue 3 – Accreditation)

To help others to follow your points, we ask only one courtesy. As you present your viewpoints, please identify which question below you are responding to by beginning your response with the code term for the question of interest to you.

Thank you!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Conference Changes

You’ve heard about the changes in the educational program coming for NEHA’s 2008 AEC & Exhibition. A Lecture Hall and a Learning Laboratory and some new ways to receive the education you are looking for are being planned. What do you think about these changes? We’d love to hear from you!


NEHA’s AEC & Exhibition is traditionally a great place to connect with other environmental health professionals, develop important relationships and share information. Who are you looking to connect with at this year’s AEC & Exhibition? Other food safety professionals? Environmental health professionals from the east coast? Joe from Des Moines who you met a couple of years ago? Use this blog to begin finding your connections and building your own EH communities now. We'll be offering “Birds of a Feather” meeting rooms so you can "flock" together and meet in person while at the AEC.

Conference Schedule Updates

In this section, we’ll post any last minute changes or updates to the 2008 AEC & Exhibition schedule as soon as they are available. Check out the comments section below for new updates!

EH Blogging 101 Session

What’s a blog and how could it help me, you ask? Check out our Learning Laboratory session, EH Blogging 101 on Sunday, June 22 from 1:00-1:50 pm! In this session, the communication phenomenon known as blogging will be introduced. Attendees will learn what blogs are, how to use blogs, and also learn how to create and maintain their own blog. Participants will write and post to the NEHA AEC & Exhibition Blog. For those with laptops, please bring them to this session for some hands-on demonstrations. Presenter: Steven J. Lipton, MEd, LEHP, CFSP, President, Biotest Services Inc., IL.
Blogging 101 After Tucson Update
The session over...but you still can attend!
Steve recorded this presentation, and has placed an audio podcast and the powerpoint over on EHblogger.blogspot.com, or click the links below.

Blogging 101 Powerpoint

Blogging 101 Podcast