NEHA October 2022 Journal of Environmental Health

October 2022 • Journal of Environmental Health 55 2022 AEC SPONSORS, PARTNERS, AND CONTRIBUTORS We appreciate the following sponsors, organizations, and individuals who helped make the 2022 AEC possible! Sponsors Presenting Sponsor HS GovTech Platinum Sponsors NSF International Tyler Technologies Gold Sponsors Accela Hedgerow So€ware Purell (GOJO Industries) Silver Sponsors EcoSure Inspect2GO Environmental Health Inspection and Permitting So€ware Partners and Contributors Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Environmental Health Council on Education for Public Health ecoAmerica, Climate for Health Food and Drug Administration Marler Clark, The Food Safety Law Firm NEHA Endowment Fund Donators (see page 38) NEHA Technical Advisors (see page 49) Uniformed Services Environmental Health Association U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Washington Department of Health Washington State Environmental Health Association Breakfast & Town Hall Assembly Attendees packed the room on the morning of June 30 to get an update on the association. NEHA leadership opened the Town Hall with a brief review of the year. We wrapped up a comprehensive strategic planning process in the past year and as part of that process, we created a new vision (Healthy environments. Protected communities. Empowered professionals.) and a new mission statement (To build, sustain, and empower an e”ective environmental health workforce). NEHA sta” have worked hard over the last year on the creation of a new NEHA logo and brand, which was approved by the NEHA Board of Directors in April 2022 and will be launched in fall 2022. The new logo design reflects the development of both NEHA and the profession. Sta” are also working on the design of a new website, which will be organized for easier navigation and function, as well as reflect the new logo and branding. Closing the year in review, NEHA PresidentElect Dr. D. Gary Brown stated that “the organization remains focused on supporting the environmental health workforce.” The Town Hall also featured an update from the American Academy of Sanitarians on the state of their organization. Candidates for the position of NEHA second vice-president for the 2023 election were welcomed to address those in attendance. Long-time NEHA member Scott Holmes from Lincoln, Nebraska, took the opportunity to state his interest in the position and shared his platform. The Town Hall concluded a€er several minutes of questions and answers between attendees and NEHA leadership and sta”. SPOKANE, WASHINGTON Social Events Reconnecting on the River Networking Event Approximately 700 attendees enjoyed a mild summer evening along the winding Spokane River on June 30 for the Reconnecting on the River Networking Event. Attendees spent the evening relaxing, mingling, and reconnecting with one another while enjoying live music by local performer Gavin McLaughlin. We have not had the opportunity to connect in person with old and new friends in a relaxed manner and many attendees stayed at the event long a€er it had ended. Along with dinner, drinks, and live music, attendees were able to snap a photo in the event photo booth to commemorate the evening. Thank you to Tyler Technologies for sponsoring the event photo booth and providing our attendees with a small memento of the good times had while reconnecting with friends and colleagues. We also thank the attendees for making the Reconnecting on the River Event a night to remember.