NEHA November 2022 Journal of Environmental Health

58 Volume 85 • Number 4 NEHA NEWS YOUR ASSOCIATION Call for Nominations By Katherine Sheppard ( The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) is governed by a Board of Directors who oversee the a airs of the association. There will be four board positions up for election in 2023: • Region 1 vice-president (represents Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington; 3-year term) • Region 5 vice-president (represents Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas; 3-year term) • Region 7 vice-president (represents Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee; 3-year term) • Second vice-president (national o–cer; 5-year term that progresses through the national o–ces and will serve as NEHA president in 2026–2027). We seek diversity on the board in terms of gender, ethnicity, and a balance between regulatory o–cials, academia, and industry. Most importantly, we want people who will help us develop new strategic visions, have experience managing diverse organizations, and can open doors for NEHA in building relationships with industry, academia, federal and state agencies, foundations, and other associations. Requirements to serve on the board include: • Membership with NEHA (individual or life) for 3 consecutive years prior to assuming o–ce on July 1, 2023. • Not simultaneously holding a voting position on the board of a NEHA a–liate. • Endorsement by at least five voting members of NEHA (from members residing in the region for regional vice-president candidates and from members residing in at least three di erent regions for second vice-president candidates). • Willingness to commit the time necessary to actively serve on the board. If you are interested in serving on the NEHA Board of Directors, please visit for information on the nomination and election process. You can also contact NEHA Immediate Past-President Roy Kroeger, chairperson of the NEHA Nominations Committee, at The deadline to submit a nomination is December 1, 2022. We Asked. We Listened. Now What? Results of the 2022 NEHA Member Questionnaire By Becky Labbo, MA (, Chana Goussetis, MA (, and Heather Folker ( NEHA recognizes that we are only as strong as our members. To ensure we stay connected to the needs and satisfaction of our members and align with our strategic goals of gaining constituent insight and practicing organizational excellence, a member questionnaire was developed and disseminated to approximately 6,800 NEHA members in spring 2022. There were 925 submissions for a 13% response rate. These questionnaire findings provide a baseline for understanding what our members need and want from us. More than one half of respondents (54%) reported working for local organizations and agencies while the remaining are distributed among state, industry, federal, and education institutions. Most respondents were environmental health specialists (40%) and have worked in the field >15 years (46%). The length of NEHA membership among respondents was well distributed and ranged from <1 year to >15 years. The top reasons to join NEHA were for training and professional development, networking, discounts on credentials, and to be part of a community. In line with that, the top three products and services that were most valued were credentialing, educaValue and Satisfaction of Services Offered by the National Environmental Health Association From the 2022 Membership Questionnaire Service Value Rating Satisfaction Rating Not Aware of Service (%) Annual Educational Conference (AEC) 2.87 2.72 12 Journal of Environmental Health 2.83 2.85 8 Government affairs 2.21 2.12 25 Credentialing 3.52 3.23 3 Educational offerings (other than the AEC) 3.24 3.02 5 Promotion of the profession 3.04 2.73 8 Funding opportunities 2.03 1.96 28 Award opportunities 1.94 2.10 21 Scholarship opportunities 2.14 2.12 22 Advocacy for the profession 3.20 2.77 7 Note. The rating for value is based on a 4-point Likert scale (1 = not very valuable and 4 = very valuable). The rating for satisfaction is based on a 4-point Likert scale (1 = not very satisfied to 4 = very satisfied). Bolded numbers indicate the top three rated services for each category. TABLE 1