In 1999 AEHAP volunteers and a small staff began working alongside EHAC volunteers to promote the value of Environmental Health education and degrees. The goal was to launch more EH professionals into careers of significance, for the care, health, and protection of our communities. From then to now, the goal remains to encourage more students to pursue a science based Environmental Health degree. Whether undergrad or graduate an Environmental Health degree opens up a world of opportunity. Your EH degree sets your life on a path of unique adventure because you took the road less traveled.
Drawing on the original effort that led to the creation of NEHA, the association today stands as a strong professional society with more than 6,000 members across the nation. Clearly NEHA’s mission, “To build, sustain, and empower an effective environmental health workforce” is as relevant today as it was when the organization was founded.
Advancement has been defined by NEHA in terms of both education and motivation. The basis for the association’s activities is the belief that the professional who is educated and motivated is the professional who will make the greatest contribution to the healthful environmental goals which we all seek. Accordingly, great emphasis is placed on providing, through each of NEHA’s programs, both an educational as well as a motivational opportunity. At NEHA’s conferences, for example, tremendous attention is paid to developing a quality educational program that not only imparts knowledge to the attendee but, also, through the very quality of the presentations, inspires the attendee to do more upon returning to his or her job.
The American Academy of Sanitarians (AAS) is an organization that elevates the standards, improves the practice, advances the professional proficiency and promotes the highest levels of ethical conduct among professional sanitarians in every field of environmental health.
The AAS was formed in 1966 to improve the environmental health status of individuals through certification of those professionally credentialed environmental health practitioners and other environmental health professionals who, in an outstanding manner, have helped or are helping to achieve this long range goal. The Academy membership covers the breadth of environmental health. Certification by the Academy is open to persons who have attained high professional stature through leadership and accomplishment in the field of environmental health and meet the criteria for selection as a Diplomate. Since its inception, over 580 professional sanitarians have been awarded Diplomate status in the Academy. Eight diplomates have also qualified for certification as Diplomate Laureates.
This group of environmental health professionals acts as a unified voice for environmental health. The Collaborative promotes environmental health through resource-sharing and coordinating efforts around priority areas.
APHA champions the health of all people and all communities. We strengthen the public health profession. We speak out for public health issues and policies backed by science. We are the only organization that combines a 150-year perspective, a broad-based member community and the ability to influence federal policy to improve the public's health.