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The Oregon Environmental Health Association is an affiliate of the National Environmental Health Association. For more information, please visit www.neha.org. 

The Oregon Environmental Health Association consists of environmental health professionals working in a variety of fields throughout the state of Oregon. We are associated with local health departments, the Oregon Department of Agriculture, Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Association, as well as other government agencies, educational institutions and private industry.   

This non-profit organization was founded in 1941 as the Oregon Association of Sanitarians (OAS) and affiliated with the National Association of Sanitarians (NAS) in 1946. In 1970, both the OAS and NAS adopted the name Environmental Health Association.

OEHA has enabled Environmental Health Specialists to pool their resources, expertise, connections, and experience, to promote a unified voice for public health. Our association's primary direction has been in support of continuing education opportunities. Central to OEHA's activities are the annual spring and regional fall conferences. These draw a majority of our members, as well as many individuals from the community, for sessions on a wide variety of public health topics and to take action on association business.

We have close ties with the EHS Registration Board, participate on rule committees, provide public education, testify on legislative measures, and provide financial support to college students and international public health activities. One of the many accomplishments of the Oregon Environmental Health Association is the public recognition that Environmental Health professionals receive through the Oregon Annual Environmental Health Specialist Day Declaration by the Governor of the State of Oregon.

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