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OEHA E-Blast: New Event Calendar, Training Needs Survey, Drought and Human Health Workshop and More!

Happy September, Oregon Environmental Health Professionals! There's a lot going on in the field of Environmental Health this fall, from Training Needs surveys, to workshops on the public health impacts of drought in our region, to de-escalation webinars. Here's the latest!


Calendar of EH Trainings

OEHA's website has a new Calendar of Training Opportunities! Looking for CEUs? Want to network with colleagues in the state or region? Check it out here! If you'd like to include your event on this calendar, please send us a note by replying to this email or sending us a note on the OEHA Contact Us page.


A Letter from NEHA:

Your Feedback is Transformative

Dear Valued Retail Food Safety Regulator, We are asking for your expert input in an incredibly critical national assessment of retail food safety regulatory training needs across the country. Your participation will help ensure a better understanding of training needs in federal, state, tribal, local, and territorial jurisdictions. The survey:

  • is 10 minutes and anonymous,

  • assesses knowledge and relevance of crucial regulatory retail food safety areas,

  • is exclusively for regulatory professionals working in retail food,

  • will yield results that will be widely shared this fall to allow associations, government, and other training providers to bolster education resources and improve training.

We thank you in advance for taking the time to participate in this transformative initiative to improve the quality and access to retail food safety training. Sincerely, Dr. Gary Brown Dr. David Dyjack


Pacific Northwest Drought and Human Health Workshop

The Pacific Northwest Drought and Human Health Workshop will be held on October 19–20, 2022 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Portland Downtown in Portland, Oregon. The workshop is tailored around regional drought-related human health impacts, and will help identify gaps and needs, collaborative opportunities, and ways to integrate the health sector into existing drought activities.

The National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) is co-leading the Drought and Human Health Workshop with the University of Nebraska Medical Center, along with a number of Pacific Northwest partner organizations. The audience for this workshop will be state and local public health departments, climate scientists, emergency managers, tribal communities, and healthcare providers.

The workshop will take place over two days:

  • Day 1: October 19, 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

  • Day 2: October 20, 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.

Register here.


NEHA Webinar Opportunities:

Coordinating Across Sectors for EH Preparedness This 1-hour webinar will address the successes and challenges of coordinating across sectors to enhance preparedness and response to environmental health disasters. The webinar is brought to you by our Preparedness Committee in observance of September as National Preparedness Month. Date: September 22 Time: 3pm ET

Conflict De-Escalation with Alicia Love Conflict is inevitable. Join us to learn skills on how to resolve and manage these difficult situations. Presenter Alicia Love, Acting Bureau Chief, Food Safety Officer, EIAO, Montana Department of Livestock/Meat & Poultry Inspection will discuss:

  • Fight or flight responses

  • Emotional intelligence

  • Circle of control

  • Guidance for de-escalating situations

The session also includes practice scenarios to learn valuable strategies to help you feel more comfortable de-escalating conflict.

Date: October 4

Time: 4pm ET


Coming up next month:

The Northwest Mosquito and Vector Control Association would like to invite you to join us for our 60th Annual Fall Meeting at the beautiful Skamania Lodge in Stevenson, Washington, from October 18th to October 20th, 2022. You can find additional information by visiting the meeting page.


The World Aquatic Health Conference is the industry's leading educational conference on aquatics. Celebrating its 19th year, WAHC 2022 continues the tradition of disseminating cutting-edge science relevant to all segments of the pool and spa market.

Join us October 12-14, 2022, in Houston, TX, to experience cutting-edge aquatic research presented by industry experts across the globe and network with like-minded professionals, industry leaders, and experts.


Don't forget to check the OEHA Job Opportunity pages to learn of open employment positions. Reach out to OEHA with training opportunities or job openings that you'd like to share with the community.

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