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NEHA 2016 Conference (AM) Sessions: Highlighting the Health Impact Assessment

June 15, 2016 @ 8:30 am - 11:50 am

This year’s National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) Annual Educational Conference and Exhibition is featuring a multitude of sessions promoting the value and significance of the Health Impact Assessment (HIA) for environmental health (EH) professionals, agencies and partners. Below is a list of morning sessions taking place on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at the Hyatt-Live Oak Room from 8:30-11:50 AM CT highlighting this important topic.


Health Impact Assessment: The Value for Environmental Health Professionals
Have you conducted a health impact assessment (HIA)? Think it’s “not environmental health”? Come to this session and learn from NEHA staff and EH practitioners of HIA about the value, utility and importance of using HIA to address health equity, support accreditation and increase the outreach of the EH professional. The panel also wants to hear about your experiences and what resources you might need to undertake an HIA, so come share your thoughts with us!

Time: 8:30-8:50 AM CT
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  • Sandra Whitehead, National Environmental Health Association
  • Patricia Cummings, Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services

Health Impact Assessments and Extreme Weather: A New Approach for Environmental Health
Across the U.S., extreme weather events create tremendous challenges for Environmental Health (EH) professionals. This presentation will showcase how the Health Impact Assessment approach provides a way to systematically address these challenges, using the example of extreme flooding. The key takeaway will be a better understanding of how to quantify the impacts from extreme weather events. Attendees will also have the opportunity to discuss the role of EH professionals in making policy recommendations that can lower morbidity and mortality from such events.

Time: 9:00-9:20 AM CT
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  • Chris Duclos, Program Manager of the Florida Environmental Public Health Tracking Program

Brownfield Redevelopment and Health Impact Assessment: Lessons from the Field
Brownfields primarily occur in or near under-served communities without access to the resources to change their circumstances on their own. Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is a tool that can be used to promote transparency, clarify and communicate health risks and provide recommendations to enhance health. Join this session to hear lessons learned from implementing an HIA as part of the brownfields redevelopment process and make recommendations for improving post-disaster redevelopment.

Time: 9:30-10:20 AM CT
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  • Sandra Whitehead, National Environmental Health Association

Environmental Health Science: Tools and Approaches for a Changing World
Today’s environmental challenges are much more complex and cross-disciplinary than those of a few decades ago. This session will examine new tools and approaches that will likely be needed to integrate various types of data using a systems approach. Integrating the environment and health will be essential for solving environmental problems and protecting public health in the future.

Time: 10:30-11:50 AM CT
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  • Thomas Burke, EPa
  • Florence Fulk, US EPA Office of Research and Development


June 15, 2016
8:30 am - 11:50 am
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NEHA Annual Conference 2016 (Hyatt Regency San Antonio)
123 Losoya Street (Oak Room)
San Antonio, TX United States
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