Educational Highlights for 2017

Keynote: Brenda Lawrence, U.S. Representative, (MI)

Brenda Lawrence

Congresswoman Brenda L. Lawrence has lived in Michigan’s 14th Congressional District, which includes a portion of Detroit as well the City of Southfield and 16 other cities located in Oakland and Wayne counties, her entire life. She was re-elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in November of 2016, where she serves as a Senior Whip, Vice Chair of the Congressional Caucus for Women’s Issues and Secretary of the Congressional Black Caucus.

She serves on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, where she also serves on the Subcommittee on Aviation, Subcommittee on Highway and Transit, Subcommittee on Water, Resources and Environment.  She is also a member on the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee where she serves on the subcommittee on Government Operation. 

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Opening Session: Aiming for Equity, an environmental justice panel facilitated by Dr. Renée Branch Canady, Chief Executive Officer of the Michigan Public Health Institute

Renée Branch Canady


Renée Branch Canady PhD, MPA, serves as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of MPHI; a unique public trust dedicated to advancing population health through public health innovation and collaboration.

Prior to joining MPHI in 2014, Canady served as Health Officer for the Ingham County Health Department, Michigan’s first public entity local health department and federally qualified health center. In that role she provided oversight on innovative efforts such as the Ingham County Health Equity Social Justice program. 

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Additional Highlights

  • 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

NEHA 2017 AEC Sessions


  • "The NEHA AEC is an excellent venue to understand changes in the field, share experiences with fellow practitioners and network with environmental health professionals, who are committed to protect their local communities. "