This is hot, hot hot!
Are you itching to learn how to do a local environmental health assessment in your town or city in Michigan? The Ingham County Health Department (in Lansing) wants to tell you how!
Next week Ingham County officials will join the speaker list with such luminaries as MDEQ Director Russ Harding and Michigan Department of Community Health Director James Havemen at the beautiful Garland Resort in Lewiston on August 21st to field your questions about public health and the environment. The occasion is the 16th Annual Conference of the Michigan Association for Local Public Health (MALPH). This year's conference title is, "2001: The Time Is Now...Are You Ready?" It lasts 3 days, through August 23rd.
I wonder if Ingham Officials will address their curious silences to the "No Secrets" post of January 21st, 2001, which inquired about possible censorship and data suppression in the department? Or the lack of response to the "Laurie Garrett" post? The occasion, that January 21st, was an open community forum with Bob Godbold, the Director of the Environmental Health bureau. Review the silences yourself at:
down to the bottom of the forum and read the posting from "Joyce," and note the
lack of a response.
Again, the conference title is: "2001: The Time Is Now...Are You Ready?" I hope you are! Ready or not, the show will go on. . . .See the conference agenda at:
http://www.malph.org/page.cfm/6/ (scroll down half the page to access the pdf file titled, "conference agenda.")
NACCHO will be there, and for those of you not in the know, NACCHO (the National Association of County and City Health Officials) is a happening place! They're the professional organization representing 3,000 local health departments across the United States. They are also heavily involved in promoting local environmental health assessments. (By the way, I wonder if there have been omissions and data suppressions in the 10 official environmental health assessments across the country -- in Texas, Pennsylvania, Ohio etc. -- sponsored by NACCHO? HHmmmm.) For more about NACCHO's activities, see:
Oh, there's a barbecue on Wednesday evening. There's only one drawback...for those of you not yet registered, the fee is $225! Maybe the media (Detroit Free Press, Detroit News, Lansing State Journal) would be interested in attending to cover the goings on for the rest of us (thus circumventing the steep fee)?
See you there!
Brian McKenna, Ph.D.
Public Citizen & Anthropologist
P.S. Here's a schemata of the conference agenda:
16th Annual MALPH Conference
Garland Resort, Lewiston, Michigan
Tuesday, August 21, 2001
10:00 - Noon Forum Meetings
1:00 - 3:00 p.m. Board Meeting
3:00 - 5:00 p.m. Public Health Law Initiatives: The National Perspective
Wednesday, August 22, 2001
8:30 - 9:30 a.m. State Directors Panel w/Q&A - James K. Haveman, Jr., MDCH
K. Fedder for MDA, (invited), Russell Harding, MDEQ
9:30 - 10:00 a.m. Break exhibitor area
10:00 - 11:30 a.m. State of the Association: Mark Bertler
Keynote Speaker: Bob Ortwein
Developing strategies for impacting Public Policy
11:30 Break - visit exhibitor area
11:45 - 1:00 p.m. Group Luncheon/Awards presentation
1:15 - 2:30 p.m.Breakout 1 Internet access laws/rules - Gary Patterson, Esq.
Breakout 2PH workforce HRSA - Kristine Gebbie, HRSA
Breakout 3Accreditation - Walt McGuire, Robert Scranton
Breakout 4EH Assessment - B. Glandon, B. Goldbold, Ingham County
2:30 - 2:45 break exhibitor area
2:45 - 4:00 p.mBreakout 5 Job to job description - O. William Rye
Breakout 6Recruit Retention PH Prof. - Ann Schulte, PhD, SPHR
Breakout 7Workplace safety - M. Frayer, MI Municipal Risk Mngt Auth.
Breakout 8State sanitary code - Brendan Ringlever of K. Sikkema’s Office
7:30 - 9:30 p.m. MALPH President Elect Barbecue
Thursday, August 23, 2001
8:30 - 9:30 Group breakfast
9:45 - 11:30 MALPH Legislative Agenda
Donna Brown, NACCHO
Legislative Agenda Q & A