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Partner Profiles: National Environmental Health Association (NEHA)

Organizational Mission/Goals

The mission of the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) is to advance the environmental health and protection professional for the purpose of providing a healthful environment for all.

About NEHA

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 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 (REHS/RS) credential, evidences that one has mastered a body of knowledge (which is verified through the passing of an examination) and has acquired sufficient experience, thereby indicating that work responsibilities in the environmental health field can be satisfactorily performed. 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.

Drawing on the original effort that led to the creation of NEHA, the association today stands as a 5,000-member-strong professional society. NEHA offers a variety of programs that are all in keeping with the association's mission which is as relevant today as it was when the organization was founded.

Partnership Activities with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

NEHA’s main objectives for the National Environmental Public Health Tracking (EPHT) project are to:

  • Increase the knowledge base of environmental health professionals of the nationwide health tracking initiative by disseminating relevant information.
  • Provide various educational opportunities via e-learning and in-person training for EH and other interested professionals concerning the tracking network and Tracking & Informatics.
  • Collaborate with the partner organizations to help promote and develop the National EPHT Program and Network:

    For more information on tracking activities at NEHA, visit:

    Contact Information

    Christl Tate
    Project Coordinator, Research and Development
    National Environmental Health Association
    720 S. Colorado Blvd.
    Denver, CO 80246
    Phone: (303) 756-9090 x305

    Thomas E. Dickey, REHS
    Assistant Manager, Research and Development
    National Environmental Health Association
    16623 Forest Gate Road
    Dubuque, IA 52001
    Phone: (563) 556-0841

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