Meeting Archive:
Investing in a Robust Environmental Health System

Meeting Description:
The National Environmental Health Partnership Council and the American Public Health Association are proud to present Investing in a Robust Environmental Health System webinar on June 8, 2017 from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. EDT. We all deserve to live in healthy environments with clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, and free from physical hazards. This webinar will complement the release of the Environmental Health Playbook: Investing in a Robust Environmental Health System report. Experts from the environmental health workforce, academia, and policy will share how their work informs the report and how it can benefit their specialty. Register today.
Date: Thu, Jun 8, 2017
Time: 01:30 PM EDT
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Host(s): National Environmental Health Partnership Council and the American Public Health Association
 Presenter Information
Georges C. Benjamin, MD
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Executive Director
American Public Health Association
Dr. Georges Benjamin is known as one of the nation’s most influential physician leaders because he speaks passionately and eloquently about the health issues having the most impact on our nation today. From his firsthand experience as a physician, he knows what happens when preventive care is not available and when the healthy choice is not the easy choice. As executive director of APHA since 2002, he is leading the Association’s push to make America the healthiest nation in one generation.

Laura Anderko, PhD, RN
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Professor, School of Nursing & Health Studies
Georgetown University
Director, Mid-Atlantic Center for Children's Health and the Environment
Dr. Anderko holds the Robert and Kathleen Scanlon Endowed Chair in Values Based Health Care at Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies. She is a scholar and educator in the fields of epidemiology, public health and environmental health. A Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow, Dr. Anderko earned her PhD in Public Health from the University of Illinois, an MS from Northern Illinois University, and a BSN from University of Illinois. She is currently serving on the National Environmental Justice Advisory Committee’s Research Workgroup and is co-chair of the National Environmental Health Partnership Council.

Surili Sutaria Patel, MS
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Senior Program Manager, Environmental Health 
Center for Public Health Policy 
American Public Health Association
Surili Sutaria Patel is the Senior Program Manager, Environmental Health at the American Public Health Association (APHA). In this capacity, Surili oversees the environmental health portfolio which includes climate change, transportation and active transportation, working with tribal governments, healthy housing, chemical safety, building partnerships, and more.  Surili received her Master’s of Science in Biomedical Science Policy from Georgetown University and a Bachelors of Science in Political Science from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Charles D. Treser, MPH, DAAS
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Executive Director
Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs
Principal Lecturer Emeritus, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, University of Washington
Mr. Treser received his Master of Public Health from University of Michigan in 1976. The general area of his teaching and research involves the applied aspects of environmental health practice, i.e., how the principles and concepts of EH are actually practiced in the field, especially in local, state, tribal and federal EH agencies. Principle areas of interest include administrative law and process applied to environmental health, vector control and housing, and environmental public health workforce development, education and training.

Jack Rayburn, MPH
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Senior Government Relations Manager
Trust for America's Health
Jack Rayburn is a Senior Government Relations Manager at Trust for America's Health. He works on all TFAH government relations priorities related to obesity and chronic disease prevention and co-leads efforts on health reform.  He has a diverse legislative portfolio that includes health care financing, agriculture, education, transportation, and other areas that impact the availability and accessibility of healthy choices.  He previously served as Policy Aide for U.S. Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) for all health care issues.  Mr. Rayburn also worked at the Healthcare Leadership Council on health information technology and health care quality and for the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee under the chairmanship of the late Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA).  He has a Bachelors of Science in Biology from Georgetown University and a Masters in Public Health from The George Washington University.

David T. Dyjack, Dr.PH, CIH
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Executive Director and CEO
National Environmental Health Association
Dr. Dyjack’s 30-year career includes expertise in environmental health, emergency preparedness and response, public health informatics, infectious disease, workforce development, governmental infrastructure, maternal and child health, health equity, and chronic disease. A board certified industrial hygienist, Dyjack also has advanced degrees in public health with a doctorate from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree from the University of Utah. He most recently served as the associate executive director for programs at the National Association of County and City Health Officials managing the organization’s grant and contract portfolio and 75 health professionals in support of the nation’s 2800 local health departments.