NEHA November 2022 Journal of Environmental Health

6 Volume 85 • Number 4 YOUR ASSOCIATION D. Gary Brown, DrPH, CIH, RS, DAAS “To Infinity and Beyond!”  PRES I DENT ’ S MESSAGE As Buzz Lightyear says, “To infinity and beyond!” These new heights are where we at the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA), with your partnership, plan to take the profession to with our new mission and vision statements and updated logo. Just as modes of transportation have evolved—from horseback to air travel and in the future, space travel—our messaging has also evolved, embracing our history while leading us into the future. Like a fine wine, this rebranding process has been in the works for several years. NEHA sta„ led the e„ort, involving stakeholders along with marketing professionals. We also formed several committees that assisted with the development of the new mission and vision statements along with the logo. As with travel, advertising has developed over the years from printed ads and billboards to radio and TV and now to web-based ads. We are evolving to make an impact in the digital age. The rebranding process began by reexamining our history. As George Santayana stated, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” To keep ourselves centered and maintain our sense of mission, we returned to our original charter to reflect on the wisdom of our professional forebearers. The National Association of Sanitarians was formed at a meeting in Long Beach, California, on June 25, 1937. Over the next several decades, the association had major input into the development and implementation of the nation’s environmental health programs and succeeded in demonstrating the significant role that environmental health professionals should play on the public health stage. In 1970, the name of the association was changed to the National Environmental Health Association. The statement of purpose from the original charter created in 1937 included the following goals: • Promote welfare of workers in public health inspection. • Promote high standards of qualifications. • Standardize methods of law enforcement. • Cultivate social intercourse among members. • Establish a central point of union for members. The original slogan was, “Sanitation—the Beacon Light of Public Health,” with the most recent mission being, “To advance the environmental health and protection professional for the purpose of providing a healthful environment for all.” Our new mission—To build, sustain, and empower an e ective environmental health workforce—is anchored in the past and future, looking beyond the horizon like Ferdinand Magellan did when most Europeans thought the world was flat. The environmental health profession includes a rich and diverse array of professionals with expertise in air quality, body art, climate change, drinking water, food safety, healthy homes, informatics, industrial hygiene, preparedness and response, safety, sanitation, tracking, vectors, and wastewater. We work in a variety of sectors including local, tribal, state, territorial and federal government; nonprofits; the uniformed services; private entities; and academia. Environmental health science is a fabric made up of interwoven professional threads representing a mosaic of the most critical and essential services in society. When NEHA sta„, board members, and affiliate leaders come to work, we ask: “What is in the best interest of our members?” The change to the mission emphasizes the importance of supporting your educational needs, filling knowledge gaps, providing policy leadership, and advocating for funding to enable our members to e„ectively do their jobs. We define advancement in terms of both education and motivation. Our activities are grounded in our belief that the environmental health professional who is educated and motivated is the professional who will make This new logo will lead NEHA into the next 85 years of building, empowering, and sustaining the environmental health profession.

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