Massachusetts Environmental Health Association
The Massachusetts Environmental Health Association (MEHA) is an affiliate of the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA), which was incorporated in 1937. MEHA was established in 1948 and is a non-profit association organized for charitable and educational purposes. The goal and purpose of MEHA is to provide quality training and educational programs while also providing the opportunity for members to meet and exchange ideas and information with other professionals in the field of Public and Environmental Health.
MEHA Annual Meeting
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The MEHA annual meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 29th at the Danversport Yacht Club in Danvers, MA. The speaker is former Boston area news reporter and communications consultant David Ropeik, who will provide a dynamic training on Risk Perception and Risk Communication. These skills are applicable in the execution of our every day jobs and are invaluable in a crisis. Please join us for this interactive seminar and our annual awards presentation at a beautiful venue on the North Shore. Credit hours will be offered. This seminar may be a good use for emergency preparedness funds you may still have available. Click here for more details (PDF, 74 KB, 2 pages).
National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) 2013 Annual Conference
The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) is holding its 2013 Annual Educational Conference (AEC) & Exhibition in the Washington, DC area, July 9-11, 2013. The NEHA 2013 AEC will offer expansive training and education that covers a wide genre of environmental health (EH) topics. Sessions at the NEHA AEC will cover over 15 different environmental health topic areas including emerging EH issues, food safety and defense, environmental justice, healthy homes and communities, sustainability/climate change and general environmental health.
Community Exposure Assessment BUSPH Project Opportunity 2013.
With the support of HRSA via the New England Alliance for Public Health Workforce Development, BUSPH has an opportunity to support group projects for our Master of Public Health students. They are working to identify agencies that would like to host a group project. What is the timeline? Project sites are selected in early February. Data collection and analysis will occur during the spring semester and a final report will be completed in early May.
Click here to learn more (PDF, 168 KB, 2 pages).
Health Concerns: Misuse of Bed Bug Pesticides
Public Health Issues
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are alerting the public to an emerging national concern regarding misuse of pesticides to treat infestations of bed bugs and other insects indoors. Some pesticides are being applied indoors even though they are approved only for outdoor use. Even pesticides that are approved for indoor use can cause harm if over applied or not used as instructed on the product label.
MA PHIT FCP is designed to promote comprehensive and uniform enforcement of MA State Sanitary Code Chapter X 105 CMR 590.000: Minimum Sanitation Standards for Food Establishments (which incorporates portions of the 1999 Federal Food Code). Intended participants are from municipal and state agencies charged with enforcement of these regulations. The purpose of the food regulations is to safeguard public health and to provide consumers food that is safe, unadulterated, and honestly presented. Click here to learn more (PDF, 2 pages, 204 KB).
Yankee 2013 Conference Smithfield, RI
Make plans to attend the 51st Annual Yankee Conference in Rhode Island
Dates: Wednesday, September 25 - Thursday September 26
Location: Twelve Acres, 445 Douglas Pike, Smithfield, RI
The Rhode Island Environmental Health Association is coordinating the 2013 Yankee Conference.