To build, sustain, and empower an effective environmental health workforce
The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) had its origins in the state of California where it was incorporated in 1937. The original impetus behind the creation of a national professional society for environmental health practitioners was the desire by professionals of that day to establish a standard of excellence for this developing profession. This standard, which has come to be known as the Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian credential, signifies that an environmental health professional has mastered a body of knowledge (which is verified through the passing of an examination), and has acquired sufficient experience, to satisfactorily perform work responsibilities in the environmental health field. The pioneers of the association believed that such a credential was necessary if the environmental health field was to grow and take shape as a legitimate and widely respected profession.
NEHA currently serves 6,000 members to advance the environmental health and protection professional for the purpose of providing a healthful environment for all. Professionals who earn a Registered Environmental Health Specialist/Registered Sanitarian credential from NEHA are recognized as having achieved an established standard of excellence. These environmental health professionals master a body of knowledge (which is verified by examination), and acquire sufficient experience to satisfactorily perform work responsibilities in the environmental health field.
In addition to maintaining high standards of practice and testing for its credentialing programs, NEHA provides training and resources for continuing education through online courses and an online bookstore; holds an annual conference; fosters networking and career growth; and publishes the widely-respected peer-reviewed Journal of Environmental Health.
NEHA is governed by a 14-member board of directors and benefits from various committees and technical advisors who serve as subject matter experts. NEHA employs approximately 40 paid professionals dedicated to providing quality programs to the NEHA Membership.
Summer Holloway is a graduate of Simpson University with a BS in Biology, (magna cum laude) and is currently enrolled at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas majoring in Environmental and Occupational Health. She has maintained a 4.0 average during her first year in graduate school and expects to graduate in the fall of 2021. Summer is a member of NEHA and the Nevada Environmental Health Association and has been employed by the Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD) as an EHS since 2017 in the Food Operations office of the Environmental Health Department. Summer earned her REHS Credential in 2020. She is a Core Trainer for SNHD Food Operations Henderson Office and was the Secretary for the Nevada Food Safety Task Force. After graduating with her MPH, she intends to stay at SNHD and hopes to work in other environmental health areas such as vector control, solid waste compliance, and aquatic health. Summer has been described as one who displays great talents in communication, teamwork, dependability, and initiative, and understands the importance of professional growth. It was stated that Summer has a mastery of key concepts of environmental health such as population dynamics, sustainability, and risk assessment that will equip her to be able to contribute significantly to our profession and to make a difference to her community.
Connor Henderson is a student at Western Carolina University (WCU) with a major in Environmental Health and Art and expects to graduate with a B.S. in May of 2021. She has maintained a 4.0 average during her first 3 years of college. Connor has been employed at the WCU Bardo Arts Center since August of 2019 where she monitors the building for safety and compliance with fire marshal rules. She is a member of the Environmental Health Club and the University Honors College at WCU and is an Ambassador for the Honor's College. After graduating, Connor wants to attend graduate school to earn her MPH degree concentrating on Environmental Health and eventually working as a Registered Environmental Health Specialist. Her interest is in water quality and onsite wastewater treatment with its potential impact on groundwater. She wants to eventually become a Director of an Environmental Health Department. Connor has been described as one who excels at integrating her strong academic background and experience with her intellectual curiosity and motivation to accomplish her objective of pursuing a career in environmental health. Connor's attention to detail and the unique creativity that she brings to her classes in environmental health makes her stand out among her peers.