Atlantic City: 2007 NEHA Annual Educational Conference & Exhibition

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Atlantic City: 2007 NEHA Annual Educational Conference & Exhibition


Hotel and Travel Information

Tropicana Atlantic City Casino and Resort

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** NEHA's educational sessions, exhibition, meetings, and most social events will be held here.

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** Right on the famous Atlantic City Boardwalk.

** The largest hotel in Atlantic City (and New Jersey!)

** Home of the Quarter (pictured below)--an extraordinary destination--and you'll already be there! Three dazzling floors of 30 shops, 20 restaurants, and entertainment venues. Created to recall the golden days of Old Havana where the Tropicana was the luxury resort at the heart of it all.

** Call 1-800-247-8767 and use code HNEHA to reserve your room today!

Atlantic City

Located in the heart of the northeast and within easy driving distance of a third of the population of the United States, Atlantic City is only 126 miles away from New York City and a mere 62 miles from Philadelphia.

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Attractions

While in Atlantic City, there's plenty to keep you entertained when you're not attending sessions or the exhibition. You can enjoy the beach, world-class gaming, and the famed Atlantic City Boardwalk (over 4 1/2 miles long!) Several other attractions to explore in your downtime may be found at the Atlantic City Convention and Visitor's Authority Web site (www.atlanticcitynj.com).

Travel

Air travel into Atlantic City is currently provided by three airlines:

Delta Airlines (www.delta.com)

Spirit Airlines (www.spiritair.com)

U.S. Airways (www.usairways.com)

For further Atlantic City Airport information, visit www2.sjta.com/acairport.

You may also fly into Philadelphia International Airport (www.phl.org), from which it is about an hour's drive to Atlantic City.

See www.neha.org for conference hotel, travel, and visitor info.

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Educational Sessions--Preliminary Information

Based upon market research done specifically for NEHA's 2007 AEC & Exhibition, environmental health professionals have indicated that the following learning objectives meet their educational needs. NEHA's Technical Section Chairs are finalizing the learning objectives, and sessions to educate attendees in these areas are being developed for the conference.

Topics are subject to change.

Food Safety and Protection

At the end of these sessions, attendees will be able to:

** Identify key response and coordination issues applicable to multi-jurisdictional foodborne outbreaks

** Explore new strategies, formats, and technologies in food safety and protection

** Cultivate opportunities for improved food safety and protection across all industry sectors, government and non-government organizations, and other industry stakeholders

** Examine examples of innovative and effective food safety and protection training programs

Onsite Wastewater Systems

At the end of these sessions, attendees will be able to:

** Evaluate the latest onsite wastewater treatment technologies

** Explore new examples of onsite wastewater maintenance, management, and sustainability programs

** Identify resources and materials available to assist in onsite wastewater management

Emerging Pathogens, Vector Control, and Zoonotic Diseases

At the end of these sessions, attendees will be able to:

** Identify the latest emerging and re-emerging pathogenic threats

** Outline the current status, future progress, and trends in pandemic flu planning

** Explore new technologies, strategies, and programs in pest control and vector-borne disease control

Environmental Health Leadership Development

At the end of these sessions, attendees will be able to:

** Utilize new strategies and formats for building capacity and enhancing environmental public health services

** Analyze programs that promote and sustain emerging leadership within the environmental health profession

** Identify strategies to support the growth, funding, and recognition of the environmental health profession

Indoor Air Quality

At the end of these sessions, attendees will be able to:

** Examine examples of health department enforcement and public education programs related to indoor air quality

** Identify new strategies and technology for indoor air quality investigation and remediation

Terrorism and All-Hazards Preparedness

At the end of these sessions, attendees will be able to:

** Explore creative, thoughtful, and FLEXIBLE ways of addressing staffing, workforce development, material resource shortages, and time management issues which may arise during preparedness planning and response

** Identify some of the key planning, response, and recovery aspects of a variety of emergency situations

** Examine recent food defense related projects and proposals and identify what is being done to address, educate, and promote food defense awareness

** Address the critical issue of communications--from equipment, message development, and media/public relations perspectives, and what role the environmental health professional plays

The educational program will also include relevant and timely sessions on:

** Ambient Air Quality

** Children's Environmental Health

** Drinking Water Quality

** Environmental Health Research

** Environmental Public Health Tracking

** General Environmental Health

** Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

** Hazardous Materials and Toxic Substances

** Injury Prevention/Occupational Health

** Institutions and Schools Environmental Health

** Solid Waste

** Swimming Pools/Recreational Waters

** Water Pollution

NEHA is working with these organizations to provide further education at the 2007 AEC & Exhibition:

** International Aquatic Foundation (IAF) of the Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP)

** National Environmental, Safety & Health Training Association (NESHTA)

** NEHA's Uniformed Services Environmental Health Affiliate (USEHA)

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In late January, the full conference brochure listing all sessions will be available at www. …

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