NEHA November 2022 Journal of Environmental Health

November 2022 • Journal of Environmental Health 61 the data reported and summarized in that assessment to guide our individual employee performance goals and decision making. What you told us was that you desire access to continuing professional education and convenient online communities to share best practices and remain connected with colleagues. We heard you. We have muscled improvements into our online credentialing transcripts and learning management system to ensure we are simple and e ective to work with. A new online community platform is to be released this fall. Our second major lane of work is thought leadership. We desire to be the primary and principal source of information about the environmental health workforce. We have invested in a dramatically improved Government A airs operation, have worked to describe the needs of the profession to representative levels of government, and have published several scientific articles on what works in contemporary environmental health. We have major renovations planned for the Journal of Environmental Health and will release a marketing campaign on your behalf in the next few months. Finally, we aim to be ecient in all that we do so that our limited resources can be used to invest in services and products you find valuable. Operational excellence reflects that sensibility. We desire our website to be easy to use and to provide useful information in a member-friendly interface. We want interactions with us involving transactions to be wickedly simple to execute as we know you have better things to do than to figure out how to log in. For those of you that receive federal investments through us, we desire to provide simple, paperless methods for payment requests and reporting. These lanes of work are intended to embrace an ideology that acknowledge we support busy professionals. People with lives, partners, siblings, children, and challenges of your own. We aim to be people centered. We also aim to make decisions based on fact whenever we can. That is why we are conducting the retail food training needs assessment. We want you to tell us what you need so we can advocate for you with the Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and among other federal, state, and local agencies. While I could go and describe our new logo, space and time do not allow for that at this time. I am pleased with the new logo and hope you take pride in it. Heralded Savannah, Georgia, poet Conrad Aiken referred to himself as a “cosmos mariner.” Like Aiken, we are travelling in uncharted territory and our destination is unknown. I am glad we are sharing this journey together. DirecTalk continued from page 62 Twitter: @DTDyjack Our Logic Model Constituent Insight Thought Leadership Build Effective Environmental Health Workforce People-Centered and Data-Enabled Organization Organizational Excellence NEHA Capabilities Outcomes and Impacts Activities Inputs NEHA Theory of Change Sustain Effective Environmental Health Workforce Empower Environmental Health Workforce Healthy Environments Protected Communities FIGURE 1 Did You Know? The NEHA Government Affairs program advocates for support of environmental health programs and professionals at federal, state, and local levels of government. We function as a liaison between environmental health professionals and government o cials to inform decisions that support and fund our workforce. We track state and federal legislation, respond to federal and state inquiries on environmental health, and provide a voice for the environmental health workforce in policy making. You can stay up-todate on our work at airs. Check out the Your Insider in Government A airs Blog, view one of the Government A airs webinars, read a recent policy or position statement, or learn about recent state and federal legislative actions.