AEHA’s Youngest Member meets the Surgeon General!

During his trip to the YK Delta, the Surgeon General met with Atlas Albertson and posed in a photo homage to the Surgeon General’s Sesame Street vaccination Public Service Announcement. Advertisements

Upcoming Events

Conference for Water Innovations for Healthy Arctic Homes (WIHAH) The WIHAH Conference will be held at the Hilton Hotel in Anchorage, AK on September 18-21, 2016. Conference themes include: the impact of household water and sanitation on Arctic human health; climate change impacts on sanitation infrastructure; and regulations and policies affecting access to providing adequate…

Alaska Contingent at 2016 NEHA Conference

The 2016 NEHA Annual Educational Conference (AEC) and HUD Healthy Homes Conference was held June 13-16 in San Antonio, Texas. The event was hosted at several hotels along San Antonio’s famous River Walk. This was a welcome treat for visiting attendees. Tracks at this year’s AEC included: air quality; climate change; children’s environmental health; emerging…

Surgeon General visits Bethel and Napaskiak

On August 3rd, YKHC was honored to host Dr. Vivek Murthy, the United States Surgeon General. After a briefing about healthcare delivery in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, local opioid use and treatment options, and other regional health issues, YKHC staff brought Dr. Murthy to Napaskiak. While in Napaskiak, Dr. Murthy toured the village clinic to meet…

The Revised Total Coliform Rule- Level 1 & Level 2 Assessments

AEHA blog readers will recall a detailed article earlier this year on the new revised total coliform rule (RTCR) by DEC staff. Many AEHA members provide technical assistance providers to community water systems. If you’re anything like me, you are still trying to figure out the ins and outs of the RTCR. Recently, I’ve been…

NEHA Update

Provided by Ned Therien, Region 1 VP, June 2016 A question I receive occasionally is how to convert a state RS credential to a National Environmental Health Association REHS/RS.  At times, state registration organizations have asked NEHA to allow a window of opportunity to facilitate reciprocity.  Some folks may have not taken advantage of such…

Meet your AEHA Board Members

The AEHA Publications Committee recently had a question & answer session with the current AEHA board members. Read on to learn more! President Name/Professional Credentials: Chris Dankmeyer, MSc, REHS BOD Position: President AEHA Member Since: 2004 – 2009, 2012-Present AEHA Priority(s): I want to engage Alaska’s past, present and future environmental health specialists to build…

Summer Intern Season!

Emily Cunis is a junior at Colorado State University, in Fort Collins, Colorado, studying environmental health and biomedical sciences. Emily became interested in environmental health to explore her interest in disease prevention and the relationship between human health and the environment. During her work with the Lakota people of Pine Ridge Reservation, she has fostered…

Member News

AEHA member, Katie Hubbard: Jack Thomas Hubbard was born at 4:49 AM on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 8 lbs., 3 oz. and 20 inches. He’s (usually) a pretty good sleeper at night and loves bath time and car rides. Katie and husband, Leigh, love watching how much he’s growing and changing day by day….

Seal Oil Team 6

For almost a year now, an elite team of health professionals and researchers have been meeting regularly to discuss the topic of seal oil. This elite group, called the Seal Oil Task Force, is chaired by Melissa Chlupach with NANA Management Services who wants to serve patients in Alaska’s Tribal Health System the foods they…

Jeff Smith

Beginning his career in 1988 in Dillingham, Jeff Smith directed the Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation’s environmental health and safety program and provided services to 37 remote villages in southwest Alaska. In 1992, Jeff transitioned to the Alaska Area Indian Health Service, as the Deputy Director of the Division of Environmental Health Services, and later…