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…

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…