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OEHA E-Blast: Save the Date for the 2024 OEHA AEC, Oct 22-24 in Lincoln City






There's a lot going on with Environmental Health in Oregon! Read about the date of the upcoming 2024 OEHA AEC, the OEHA Trainee Study Group and much more in this edition of the OEHA E-Blast. Please pass these helpful resources along to others in your agency and community who may benefit from this important public health information!

Oregon Environmental Health News and Resources


Save the Date for the 2024 OEHA Annual Education Conference! It will be held at Chinook Winds Casino Resort in Lincoln City from October 22-24, 2024. Home | OEHA (oregoneha.org)


Summer-Fall 2024 Newsletter OEHA will be sending out a Newsletter in late-August. If you have any announcements to include, please send them to OEHA. We would love to highlight recent retirees and new hires! We will be featuring articles from OHA's FPLHS Program, highlighting our amazing line-up of OEHA Trainee Study Group speakers, and providing updates from the NEHA Affiliates throughout the NW, including a "Meet the Expert" from Alaska Environmental Health Association! Please feel free to contribute a blurb to our Newsletter and share your EH News with the community!




OEHA's Book Club explores environmental issues

OEHA's Book Club started in January 2024 and is off to a great start! The group is very relaxed and open to all OEHA members. We meet monthly via Teams to discuss a diverse selection of books related to Environmental Health topics. We are currently reading Slow Death by Rubber Duck. If you're interested in joining the OEHA book club, please contact us! Book Club | OEHA (oregoneha.org)




Celebrate National Public Health with PBS' 4-part series, The Invisible Shield

If you haven’t yet, check out the PBS 4 part series, The Invisible Shield, that aired last week. It is a wonderful reminder of the history of public health, the countless lives that have been saved by public health and the challenges and work facing public health now and in the future: The Invisible Shield | PBS


Workforce Development


OEHA's Trainee Study Group is going strong! We began our third Trainee Study Group session on Friday, January 5th, 2024 and are meeting nearly every Friday from 9-10am on Teams until early June. We have featured an amazing line-up of speakers, drawing upon seasoned EH professionals from around the United States! Our fourth Trainee Study Group Session will start up again in early July 2024. If you know of any REHS Trainees in your area, please point them our way! REHS Trainee Resources | OEHA (oregoneha.org) The OEHA Trainee Study Group is available at no cost to all Oregon REHS Trainees who are current OEHA Members. Register by contacting us here. 

Updated Study Materials for the REHS/RS Exam

Studying for the REHS/RS exam? NEHA's practice exam has been updated! The new version offers unlimited practice exams with new questions each time.


Upcoming Classes, Webinars and Conferences


Pool and Spa Operator Training taught by John Mason, REHS. This FREE class will review some of the many issues about safely operating a commercial pool, spa or wading pool.

June 11, 2024 from 9am to 4pm in Bend. Call 541-317-3114 to register!


FDA Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards Self-Assessment and Verification Audit Workshops

Multiple dates through July 2024 Click to learn more and register


Virtual Seminar Series on Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases (University of Texas Medical Branch) Multiple dates available


AFDO Annual Educational Conference

June 9-12 Register here


Climate Crossroads Summit 2024 (The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine) July 16-17


NACCHO360 Annual Conference


NEHA Annual Education Conference in Pittsburgh, PA

Attendee registration for NEHA's 2024 Annual Educational Conference & Exhibition in Pittsburgh, PA on July 15-18, 2024.




Society for Vector Ecology Annual Meeting

September 15-19 Click here to learn more


Western Association of Food and Drug Officials (WAFDO) 2024 Conference

2024 WAFDO conference in association with the Regional FDA Seminar and California Environmental Health Association. A full week of regulatory discussions, topics, information, and talks centering around food (seafood, retail, and manufactured) and drugs (supplements and pharma). There will be pre-conference offerings as well. Check out www.wafdo.wildapricot.org for more information.

September 23-27, 2024, Sacramento DoubleTree


Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting

November 10-13 Register here


Scholarships and Opportunities


Water Technical Assistance (WaterTA) services

Apply for federal wastewater infrastructure funding with the EPA! All local programs, states, tribes, and territories can apply here.


Spanish ServSafe Certified Food Manager Course in Bend!

Do you have food operators in your district who would benefit from advanced food safety training taught in Spanish? If they're interested in taking an in-person course in Bend, please encourage them to call 541-317-3114 to join our interest list. We will call them when we have our next class scheduled.

What: ServSafe Certified Food Manager course and exam, administered in Spanish


Be Recognized on NEHA's Retail Food Safety Standardization Map

If you lead retail food safety standardization in your jurisdiction, take 20 minutes to tell NEHA about your local program’s standardization practices. Your input will directly inform the specific, tailored assistance available to you, whether to maintain your existing program or support training and standardization.


Verification Auditor Resource Listing

AFDO connects jurisdictions with qualified auditors to support their efforts toward conforming with the Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards. If you're an auditor, provide your qualifications to be listed as a resource.


Employment Opportunities


Looking for a job? Have a vacancy in your business or department? Check out the OEHA Job Opportunities page at Job Opportunities | OEHA (oregoneha.org) or send us a message for a free job posting!


Did you know NEHA has a Job Board? Members get one free post per year. Use code 23CAREERS. They also list NEHA job openings.


Visit the NACCHO Career Center, where job seekers can browse hundreds of vacant positions and employers can recruit new talent.

NACCHO also offers Fellowship Programs for students to gain experience in public health and Mentorship Programs which provide the chance to learn and share resources across local health departments.



Thanks for reading!

Please contact us with any information you would like to have included in the next OEHA E-Blast.


Sincerely, your Oregon Environmental Health Association Board

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