NEHA November 2022 Journal of Environmental Health

52 Volume 85 • Number 4 YOUR ASSOCIATION Since the establishment of the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) on June 25, 1937, in Long Beach, California, under the name of the National Association of Sanitarians, we have stood strong offering shelter to the profession from literal and political storms while lifting up the science and expertise of the workforce. Whether championing the first water regulations to reduce cholera and typhoid or modern water regulations to eliminate lead exposure, we walk alongside our members to provide the best science and practice and to raise our collective environmental health voice for the communities we serve. In 2021, we embarked on a journey to reflect on where the organization—and the workforce—has been over the past 84 years, including the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. To keep ourselves centered, we returned to the original NEHA charter to reflect on the wisdom of our professional forebearers. From this charter we developed a new mission anchored on our history that reaches toward our future: To build, sustain, and empower an effective environmental health workforce. Our mission is about you. When we come to work, we ask, “What is in the best interest of the local practitioner?” The change to our mission emphasizes the importance of supporting your educational needs, helping to fill the gaps for the next generation of environmental health professionals, and advocating for policy and funding that allows us to effectively do our jobs. We also updated our vision: Healthy environments. Protected communities. Empowered professionals. This change reflects our ultimate goal of healthy and safe environments for all communities and a valued and empowered environmental health workforce. In 2022, we completed this part of our reimagining with a new logo and brand. The NEHA Board of Directors was presented with two logo options on April 26, 2022, and voted to approve the adoption of our new logo by a majorSpecial Report From NEHA: Our New Brand The New National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) Logo and What It Represents FIGURE 1 Bursting petals represent a new era and excitement for what is possible for NEHA and the profession. Bold, bespoke font reflects the strong and unique history of NEHA. The range of blue-colored petals acknowledges the importance of including diverse perspectives and experiences to address the environmental health challenges of today and beyond. The petals positioned above the “eh” illustrate the shelter NEHA provides through education, advocacy, and community.