NEHA October 2022 Journal of Environmental Health

52 Volume 85 • Number 3 Featured Speakers (continued) 2022 AEC SESSION TRACKS 1. Climate & Health » Climate Change 2. Data & Technology » Environmental Health Tracking & Informatics » Technology & Environmental Health 3. Emergency Preparedness » Emergency Preparedness & Response 4. Food Safety » Cannabis » Food Safety & Defense » Home Restaurants 5. General Environmental Health » Air Quality » Body Art » Emerging Environmental Health Issues » Food Waste » General Environmental Health » Global Environmental Health » Hazardous & Toxic Materials » Solid Waste » Sustainability 6. Healthy Communities » EH Health Impact Assessment » Healthy Homes & Communities » Land Use Planning & Design » Lead » Schools & Institutions 7. Infectious & Vectorborne Diseases » Pathogens & Outbreaks » Vector Control & Zoonotic Diseases 8. Special Populations » Children’s Environmental Health » Environmental Justice » Uniformed Services 9. Water Quality » Onsite Wastewater » Premise Plumbing » Private Drinking Water » Recreational Water (including shorelines) » Water Quality » Water Reuse 10. Workforce & Leadership » Leadership, Management, & Enumeration » Student & Young Professional Career Development NEHA 2022 AECWrap-Up health director at El Paso County Public Health in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and oversaw programs for environmental health and emergency preparedness and response. • Niki Lemin, assistant health commissioner and environmental health director of Franklin County Public Health in Columbus, Ohio. Prior to her current position, she served in several state and local capacities. Lemin currently serves on the NEHA Board of Directors as regional vice-president for Region 6 and is cochair of the International Code Council/NEHA Pandemic Task Force. Gonzales summed up the situation within his district by saying, “As the pandemic went on, we all got fatigued. Folks were getting tired of us. But I look back and say, ‘Did we do the right thing?’ We did, we saved lives every day. It was tough. We all have trauma over it and now we need to talk about it. What we do makes a dišerence.” The Closing Session provided attendees with insights on foodborne illness investigations and outbreaks from prominent foodborne illness lawyer William Marler. The Closing Session—A Lawyer’s View of Modern Foodborne Outbreaks—was given by William “Bill” Marler, an accomplished attorney and national expert in food safety. Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm has represented thousands of individuals in claims against food companies whose contaminated products have caused life altering injury and death. Marler has become the most prominent foodborne illness lawyer in the U.S. and is a major force in food policy here and abroad. He began litigating foodborne illness cases in 1993 when he represented Brianne Kiner, the most seriously injured survivor of the historic E. coli O157:H7 outbreak that occurred in four states in the Northwest at Jack in the Box restaurants. Marler outlined the pathway of a foodborne illness investigation, “The most important thing in an outbreak investigation, in my view, is the environmental investigation, the product traceback, and getting the product oš the market.” He continued with the necessity of proving a case using laboratory tests, adhering to strict product liability, defining the “manufacturer,” and proving negligence. Marler claimed that the only defense to foodborne outbreak cases is prevention. Closing Session