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Government & External Affairs

The Government & External Affairs (G&EA) program has three distinct elements: policy and legislation; liaison with federal, state, and local government agencies; and liaison with non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and private industry. This program tracks key pieces of legislation, conducts research for NEHA legislative and policy positions, and works under the direction of the Board of Directors in communicating these policy positions. Many position papers have been developed from these policies and issues critical to environmental health.

NEHA has strong relationships with federal government agencies, such as with the Centers for Disease Control and Protection, National Center for Environmental Health (CDC/NCEH) and in particular CDC/NCEH’s Environmental Health Services Branch (EHSB). NEHA also has important relationships with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Additionally, a large part of the G&EA program has been the establishment of external liaisons with NGOs and private industry such as Underwriters Laboratories (UL) and NSF International. And the G&EA program has key relationships with academic institutions such as the University of Minnesota, Michigan State University, Eastern Kentucky University, the University of Rhode Island, and many others.

The following list begins to describe the volume of work the Government & External Affairs program does in the areas of legislation, policy-making, and establishing liaisons:

The Government & External Affairs program also has formal working relationships with and represents NEHA on working committees of other national organizations:


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