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OEHA E-Blast: OEHA Annual Education Conference Oct. 24-26, 2023 in Newport, OR


The countdown has begun! OEHA's Annual Education Conference is coming up Tuesday-Thursday, October 24-26, 2023 at the Agate Beach Inn in Newport, Oregon!


 

But wait! What if you aren't attending the OEHA AEC?


There are other EH opportunities the week of October 23. NEHA is offering a FREE, virtual FD112 Food Code Course on October 24-26, 2023. This three-day, virtual course is designed to equip you with the essential knowledge and skills needed to excel in food safety regulation. During the course, you will:

  • Gain a comprehensive understanding of the intent, design, and scope of the Food Code.

  • Explore the criteria that define "APPROVED" food as per the Food Code,.

  • Learn about crucial aspects such as water quality, plumbing, waste storage, recycling, and returnable items management within food establishments.

  • Understand and apply Good Retail Practices to maintain optimal operational and sanitary conditions in food establishments.

Who Should Attend This course is exclusively available to retail food safety regulatory professionals employed with government agencies. Register here!


 

Back to the AEC. Important information you need to know:


  • Registration is nearly full, so register today if you plan to attend! Rates (at time of e-blast) are:

Members - $300

Non-Members - $355

2023 Membership + Conference - $350


  • If you have registered and need a receipt for conference reimbursement through your employer, please contact us here.


  • Trying to figure out which meals are covered by the AEC for the purposes of reimbursement? The AEC registration includes breakfast and lunch on Wednesday, and breakfast on Thursday.


  • Don't forget to book your Hotel Room! The 2023 OEHA AEC will take place at the Best Western PLUS Agate Beach Inn, 3019 North Coast Highway, Newport, Oregon 97365. To make reservations, call Best Western PLUS Agate Beach at 541-265-9411, ext. 1.


  • Attendees are encouraged to bring a White Elephant Auction item! A white elephant is defined as an "extravagant, impractical gift that cannot easily be disposed of". The White Elephant Auction Items will be auctioned off during the Silent Auction during Munch & Mingle. Proceeds will benefit OEHA's programs and scholarships.




  • The OEHA AEC draft agenda is available if needed for travel authorization. The conference features two tracks packed with presentations covering both general Environmental Health and Onsite Wastewater.


  • Sponsorships and Exhibitors: There's still opportunity to promote your business or organization at the AEC? Apply to be a Conference Sponsor or Exhibitors. For more information, please contact us here.


  • Thank you to our 2023 OEHA AEC Sponsors: Washington County, HealthSpace, Orenco Systems, and State of Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)


  • Looking forward to seeing you in Newport in a few weeks!

 

More EH News from the National Environmental Health Association:

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Factsheets Available for Schools Facing Climate Change Factsheets you can share with school staff and parents to create cleaner air and cooling centers at schools. EMERGENCY RESPONSE You Don’t Need to Reinvent the Wheel: Check Out Our New Wildfire Response Guide Even with plenty of all-hazard planning, the reality of the environmental health response to a wildfire can be daunting. Check out our new Wildfire Response Guide for Environmental Public Health Professionals designed to provide the background,recommendations, and tools you need to prepare, respond, and recover from a wildfire. State and Local Cybersecurity Grant The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has announced grant funding for the State and Local Cybersecurity Grant Program. EQUITY Equity and Health Abstracts Call for abstracts are open for the second cohort of the Strategies to Repair Equity and Transform Community Health project. Abstracts are due October 6. 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Annual due rates beginning on October 1, 2023:

  • Professional Member: $105

  • Retired Member: $30

  • International Member: $70

  • Emerging and Student Members: $25 (no change)

NEHA Has a Job Board! Did you know NEHA has a job board? Members get one free post per year. Use code 23CAREERS. They also list NEHA job openings, and currently have four open positions.

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