Educational Highlights for 2017

  • Invited Keynote: Debbie Stabenow, U.S. Senator (MI), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
  • Opening Session: Aiming for Equity, an environmental justice panel facilitated by Dr. Renée Branch Canady, Chief Executive Officer of the Michigan Public Health Institute
  • The Great Debate on Restaurant Grading: Is restaurant grading effective practice or are we misleading ourselves and the public? Listen to the pros and cons of restaurant grading as Terri Williams, director of environmental health for Los Angeles County and Mick Miklos, senior manager at the National Restaurant Association, face-off to discuss this controversial issue.
  • Emerging Issues: Antibiotic Resistance Panel, Sponsored by NSF InternationalListen to former USDA Undersecretary for Food Safety Dr. Richard Raymond lead a panel discussion on one of the most important environmental health issues of the modern era, antibiotic resistance.  
  • Closing Session on Sustainability, sponsored by NEHA’s Business & Industry Affiliate and moderated by Josh Jacobs, Technical Information and Public Affairs Manager for UL

Types of training and educational sessions at the AEC:


Single or multiple speaker presentations in traditional lecture or panel formats.

Learning Labs

Hands-on demonstrations, tabletop exercises, drop-in learning labs, roundtable discussions, and poster presentations.

Other Interactive and Innovative Presentation Formats

Educational Tracks

A Sampling of the Education Sessions being offered at the AEC: 


  • Onsite Wastewater
    • The State of Onsite Wastewater System Permitting in Michigan, David Cotton, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
  • Recreational Water
    • Take a Dive into the Model Aquatic Health Code, Jason Kunz, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    • Alternative Sanitization Exploring Other Technology, Kenneth Gregory, Pentair Water Quality systems

    • Cryptosporidium in Public Pools - Control and Notes from the Field 2016, Roy Vore, BioLab Inc. - A KIK Custom Products Company

  • Water Quality
    • Understanding How Geology, Well Construction, and Site Conditions Affect Well Water Quality, Steve Wilson, University of Illinois

    • Improving Tribal Drinking Water Programs and Services, John Moran, Public Health Foundation

    • Don’t Go with the Flow: Measureable Improvement in Drinking Water Programs, Vanessa Lamers, Public Health Foundation


  • Air Quality
    • Air pollution and protective action among at-risk populations, Scott Damon, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    • Low Cost Sensor Characterization for a Community Engaged, Air Quality Monitoring Initiative, Leslie Allsopp, University of North Texas Health Science Center, School of Public Health

    • Indoor Radon Gas Distribution by SES in West Michigan: An EH Narratives, Azizur Molla, Grand Valley State University


  • Food Safety & Defense
    • Environmental Causes of Foodborne Outbreaks CDC's National Environmental Assessment Reporting System, Vince Radke, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    • Intentional Food Contamination: Multi-Agency Coordination, Kristen Schweighoefer, Washtenaw County Public Health

    • Breakthrough Technology for the Seafood Industry: Seafood Analytics, Melissa Vaccaro, Paster Training, Inc.


  • Environmental Health Tracking & Informatics
    • New and Innovative Tools of the Trade, Sandra Whitehead, National Environmental Health Association

    • Integrating Environmental Health in Brownfield Redevelopment Planning: New Tools and Case Studies, Natalie Brown, Minnesota Brownfields

    • INFORMATICS - Not a Real Word, but a Critical Concept for Our Future, Mel Knight, County of Sacramento

  • Technology and Environmental Health
    • Apps in a Snap! Alex Bakman, App Developer

    • Making it Personal: Environmental Health Technology and the Aging Population, Michele Morrone, Ohio University

    • A Geographic Information System (GIS) Application for Improving Onsite Wastewater Workflows, Ken Curry, Amalgam LLC

Built Environments

  • EH Health Impact Assessment
    • Evaluation of Health Impact Assessments Conducted by Local Health Department, Bridget Kerner, National Association of County and City Health Officials

    • Cancer Among Georgian Women in Industrial Regions of Georgia, Kristin Sznaijer, Pensilvania University

    • Implementing a web-based population tool in a Baccalaureate Community Health Nursing Course, Patricia Facquet, PhD(c), MSPH, MEdN, RN, Adelphi University

  • Healthy Homes & Communities
    • Successful Bed Bug Management Starts with Resident and Staff Education, Susannah Reese, Cornell University

    • Green & Healthy Homes Initiative Model: Site Designation, Standards, and Lessons Learned, Ruth Ann Norton, Green & Healthy Homes Initiative

    • Engaging a Healthcare System to Model Economic Benefits of Environmental Asthma Interventions, Brendan  Brown, Green & Healthy Homes Initiative

  • Land Use Planning & Design
    • Spatial Analysis of Soil Erosion Zone: Case Study of Cipongkor, Denny Lumban Raja, Padjadjaran University 

    • Promoting Health through Community Development, Daniel Lau, Build Healthy Places Network 

    • A Framework for Improving Project Decision-making To Reduce Environmental Health Inequities, John Steward, Georgia State University

  • School & Institutions
    • Combatting Norovirus in Schools, Tracee Watkins, Kansas State University

    • Advancing Food Safety in Schools, Katie Del Rosario, USDA Food and Nutrition Service

    • Master's Degree Internships: An Integrative Approach, Lenore  Killam, University of Illinois Springfield

Emergency Preparedness

  • Emergency Preparedness & Response
    • Radiation Response is Hot: Radiation Principles and Tabletop Exercise, Karla Black, Kent County Health Department

    • Lessons Learned Following the December 2nd Waterman Incident in San Bernardino, Corwin Porter, San Bernardino County

    • Got Water? Community preparation and response to Water-related Emergencies and Outbreaks, Robert Blake,  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

General Environmental Health

  • Emerging EH Issues
    • Essentials of Community Noise Measurement & Regulatory Assessment, Timothy Ryan, CIH, CSP, Ohio University

    • Environmental Health Expertise Is Key in Legionnaires: Disease Prevention, Response, and Remediation, Jasen Kunz, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    • Regulation in the Body Art Industry, views of the Body Art Practitioner, Michael Crea, Z-Edge Piercing Inc.

  • Hazardous & Toxic Materials
    • Pesticide Use at Home: Risk Reduction from the National Pesticide Information Center, Amy Hallman, Oregon State University

    • National Library of Medicine Resources: Interactive Case Studies in Environmental Health, Shannon Jordan, National Library of Medicine

    • Gun Ranges: Loaded With Lead? Marie Woodin, Sac County

  • General Environmental Health
    • Environmental Public Health Inquiry: Building Capacity through Communities of Practice, Christina Welter, University of Illinois at Chicago

    • Risk Assessment at a Crossroads: A Portfolio Approach to Protect Public Health, Kacee Deener, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

    • Improving the Effectiveness of Environmental Health Communication in Community-Based Exposure Evaluations, Meg Blanchet, Massachusetts Department of Public Health

  • Solid Waste
    • Understanding the EPA’s New Generator Improvement Rule, Scott Dunsmore, Lion Technology Inc.

    • Organics, A Resource Too Beneficial to Waste! Teresa Chapman, City of Austin

  • Sustainability
    • The Multi-Sector Sustainability Browser (MSSB): A Tool for Understanding Sustainability, Eric Hall, US Environmental Protection Agency

  • International EH
    • Food Security Practices Used in United States and Russian Federation, Alexandra Masaitis, Seattle and King County Public Health 

    • Disinfection of Contaminated Surface Waters with Lightweight Ozone Generator, Shelly Craft, Eastern Kentucky University

Special Populations

  • Children’s Environmental Health
    • Choose Safe Places for Child Care; Keeping Children Safe from Environmental Exposures, Tarah Somers, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

    • Improving Environmental Health Best Practice Standards in Early Learning: Successful Initiatives, Robin Joseph, Children's Environmental Health Network

    • Geocoding Lead Screening Records to Parcels: Are We Targeting Older Homes?, Chris DuClos, Florida Department of Health

  • Environmental Justice
    • Environmental Equity as a Public Health Issue - Risk Reduction in Highly-Burdened Communities, Charlene Contreras, Los Angeles County

    • Environmental Justice An Interdisciplinary Approach to Define Target Populations, Kristin Osiecki, University of Illinois at Springfield

  • Uniformed Services
    • Small Scale Liquid Volume Estimation, Jason Finley, Kentucky Army National Guard

Workforce and Leadership

  • Leadership/Management
    • Health Department Accreditation and Environmental Public Health: A Continuing Partnership, Kaye Bender, Public Health Accreditation Board

    • Environmental Health Leadership: Assuring the Inclusion of Health Equity, John Moran, Public Health Foundation

    • Characterizing the Environmental Health Workforce: Who Are We? Sandra Whitehead, National Environmental Health Association

Climate and Health

  • Climate Change
    • Climate Change: Federal to Local Data, Tools, and Strategies to Protect Health, Paul Schramm, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    • Communicating Climate Change to Policymakers: What’s Health Got to Do with It? George Luber, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Environmental Health

    • Steps to Building Community Resilience for Climate Change, Chelsea Gridley-Smith, National Association of County and City Health Officials

Infectious and Vector Borne Diseases

  • Pathogens & Outbreaks
    • Norovirus Inn: How to Protect the Hotel Industry from Spreading an Outbreak, Francine Shaw, Food Safety Training Solutions

    • Measles? How Does This Relate to Environmental Public Health? Tyler Zerwekh, Shelby County Health Department

    • Compliance with International Guidelines for Antibiotic Use in Poultry in Grenada, Stephanie Fletcher-Lartey, South Western Sydney Local Health District, Population Health

  • Vector Control & Zoonotic Diseases
    • CDC and NEHA develop a One-Stop-Shop for Vector Control Resources, Joe Laco, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    • Collaborative Role of a REHS in Mosquito Surveillance to Prevent Zika Virus, Paschal Nwako, Camden County Health Department

    • Exploring Strategies and Presenting Case Studies on Vector-Borne Diseases for Protecting Communities, Sherry Glick, US Environmental Protection Agency

*Student Research Presentations – Exhibit Hall



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