NEHA Fully Endorses Environmental Health Workforce Act
The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) is proud to announce its support of the Environmental Health Workforce Act (S 2616), a bill introduced in the Senate by Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan) on behalf of the environmental health workforce. A similar bill, the Environmental Health Workforce Act (HR 1909), was introduced in the House of Representatives by Representative Brenda L. Lawrence (D-Michigan). As you know all too well, only 28 states currently require environmental health workers to hold a professional credential.
These two bills would require the Secretary of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to establish guidelines for a credentialed environmental health workforce; request a U.S. Government Accountability Office study of the profession, comparing three states that require credentials with three states that do not require credentials; and allow states that already have credential requirements to remain untouched.
The Environmental Health Workforce Act will provide a framework for every state in the country, ensuring that there is a consistent set of guidelines and standards to provide quality training and education of environmental health professionals. Since 1939, NEHA has offered a Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian (REHS/RS) credential, which defines a set of competencies, evidenced through testing and maintained through continuing education.
NEHA Government Affairs has been working since its inception to ensure that every state has a credentialed environmental health workforce. We will continue to keep you updated as these and other important bills move through Congress. Please contact your representatives and senators to support these two bills.
About the National Environmental Health Association
The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) is professional society with more than 5,000 members in the public and private sectors as well as in universities and uniformed services. NEHA's mission, "To advance the environmental health professional for the purpose of providing a healthful environment for all" is fulfilled in the products and services offered by NEHA to advance the environmental health professional through credentialing, training, education, networking, professional development, and policy involvement opportunities. Learn more about NEHA at www.neha.org.