2017 Alaska Environmental Health Conference Cancellation Notice

Greetings fellow Environmental Health Practitioners, Due to a lack of volunteers with enough time available, the AEHA’s Annual Education Conference (AEC) has been cancelled for this year.  I want to thank those that have committed so much time and effort to the conference over the years. Since there will be no conference, the Board of…

Musings from a Summer Intern

Astha Adhikari is from Kathmandu, Nepal. She is completing an Environmental, Safety & Health Management Masters Degree at the University of Findlay in Ohio. This summer Astha interned with the Tanana Chiefs Conference Office of Environmental Health through the NEHA National Environmental Public Health Internship Program. Coming from a small developing country and getting an…

Food Safety in Disasters Training

Living life in the Last Frontier is like nothing else in this world. Those who choose to live in what probably is the last greatest wilderness state in our Union benefit from the many opportunities that our great state has to offer. From glaciers, countless rivers, lakes, mountain ranges that stretch for miles to vast…

Welcome new member!

Russell Cameron is a lifelong Alaskan of Tlingit descent. He grew up in Sitka and attended Mt. Edgecumbe High School. After graduation, Russ began serving his community as a firefighter and first responder. He completed his undergraduate degree at Sheldon Jackson College, and graduated with a Masters in Public Health from the University of Tulane…

Ergonomics Corner: Exercise Balls as Office Chairs

This article is an excerpt from the 2017 April Alaska Safety Working Group newsletter. Exercise balls (or FitBalls, Swiss Balls, Physio Balls, etc.) have been appearing in the workplace as a replacement for an office chair. There is much debate over the benefits or detriments of using these balls, originally intended for gym or physical…

Tools for Addressing Bed Bugs in Rural Alaska

Introduction Environmental health programs from Alaska’s regional tribal health corporations have seen rural Alaskans struggle to deal with bed bugs over the last 5+ years. Access to pest control professionals, treatment equipment, prevention supplies and bed bug expertise, coupled with a high prevalence of shared community spaces make rural Alaskan communities particularly vulnerable to bed…

Accela/NEHA 2017 AEC Scholarships

Now Accepting Applications This year, Accela Environmental Health and the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) have partnered to award 9 scholarships to professionals to attend the NEHA 2017 Annual Educational Conference (AEC). The event takes place July 10–13, 2017 in Grand Rapids, MI. Details: Applications will be accepted from March 1–March 31 Each of the selected…

Food Safety/Disaster Training Opportunity in April

Food Safety Issues in the Event of Disasters: Practical Application This course incorporates interactive and performance-based activities to address food safety issues commonly faced in the event of a disaster. Food safety response and recovery issues that will be covered include situational assessments, inspectional concerns, salvage and other mitigation strategies related to food retail and…

2016 AEHA Annual Education Conference Highlights

“Let us be the bridge builders.” That was an important message from my opening remarks at the 2016 AEHA annual education conference. Our conference theme was to bridge healthcare and environmental health and our presenters did an excellent job showing us the path forward. From our daily keynote addresses we learned about theories of decision…

NEHA Internship Deadline Approaching

The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) is extending the deadline to submit applications for its National Environmental Public Health Internship Program (NEPHIP), funded by CDC’s Environmental Health Services Branch. Local, state, and tribal environmental health departments can apply to host one of 20 environmental health internships during summer 2017. Selected college students from environmental health…