Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

NEHA Honors Richard Brusuelas. (People on the Move)

Academic journal article Journal of Environmental Health

NEHA Honors Richard Brusuelas. (People on the Move)

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On October 30, 2002, at the New Mexico Environmental Health Conference, NEHA President James Dingman presented Richard Brusuelas, M.PH., R.S., with a plaque honoring Mr. Brusuelas's 40 years of service in environmental health. The plaque was inscribed as follows:

With deep appreciation for your outstanding efforts and tireless dedication to providing the finest education and training to environmental health professionals and for fostering lasting partnerships between private and public sectors to solve environmental health problems within our communities.

Throughout his career, Brusuelas, who directs the Bernalillo County Environmental Health Department in Albuquerque, New Mexico, has espoused a philosophy that environmental health is a community issue. Environmental health problems, he believes, often are best solved through collaboration.

Acting on that philosophy, Brusuelas initiated a partnership with the New Mexico Environmental Health Association in 1996 to organize an annual environmental health conference that would provide the best training and education possible at the lowest possible cost to environmental health professionals within the state. He also envisioned the conference as a forum where private firms and public agencies could form lasting partnerships to solve environmental health problems in communities. He sought out and secured an educational grant to initiate this effort and has been able to continue providing major funding each year as the annual conference moves toward self-sufficiency. …

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