Focusing on local solutions, national influence at the NEHA 2017 AEC.

Author:Denbrock, Kristie
Position:NEHA NEWS - Conference news

The NEHA 2017 Annual Educational Conference (AEC) & Exhibition will examine how local solutions can influence the health of the nation and the globe. The 2017 AEC, our 81st one, will take place July 10-13 at the DeVos Place Convention Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Environmental health professionals, industry leaders, government officials, and academics will share innovative tools of the trade, discuss multiagency coordination, and debate the hot topics.

The 11 educational tracks of the AEC represent 25 environmental health disciplines including water, food safety and defense, tracking and technology, healthy homes and communities, emerging issues, workforce and leadership, climate and heath, infectious and vectorborne diseases, and a wide variety of environmental public health issues.

U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan) will deliver the keynote address on Monday, July 10. Stabenow is the ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. Following the address is the opening session, "Aiming for Equity," an environmental justice panel facilitated by Dr. Renee Branch Canady, chief executive officer of the Michigan Public Health Institute.

Educational session highlights include "The Great Restaurant Grading Debate: Is Restaurant Grading an Effective Practice or Are We Misleading Ourselves and the Public?" NEHA Executive Director Dr. David Dyjack will moderate the debate as the audience listens to the pros and cons of grading from Terri Williams, director of environmental health for Los Angeles County, and Mick Miklos, senior manager at the National Restaurant Association.

Dr. Richard Raymond, former U. S. Department of Agriculture's Under Secretary for Food Safety, will lead a panel discussion on antibiotic resistance. Included on the panel will be Dr. Terry L. Dwelle, University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences, and Dr. Bruce Stewart-Brown, senior vice president of Food...

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