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Published on Apr 12, 2012

The role and responsibility of the environmental health profession is undergoing a metamorphosis due to the rapidly changing political and financial landscape. This condition is giving rise to the need for new skills in navigating these emerging challenges. Two of those skills are critical thinking and framing techniques. This professional development course will provide the attendees the tools to actively and skillfully conceptualize, analyze, synthesize, and evaluate information. Building upon this skill, attendees will learn to frame their priorities for maximum effect. Framing refers to the subtle selection of certain aspects of an issue in order to cue a specific response, conveyed by images, stereotypes, messangers and metaphors.

Dr. David Dyjack is the Associate Executive Director for Programs at the National Association of County and City Health Officials. Prior to this assignment, he was the Director of Technical Support and Knowledge Management at the Adventist Development and Relief Agency, an international non-governmental organization with offices in 125 countries. In this capacity he provided administrative and technical supervision of U.S. government funded multi-year assistance programs in the areas of health, nutrition, environment, and operational research. He received a doctorate in public health from the University of Michigan, an MSPH in industrial hygiene from the University of Utah, and is a board certified industrial hygienist (CIH). He has served as Associate Dean for Public Health Practice, Dean of the Loma Linda University School of Public Health, and Vice President for Health Education at Loma Linda University Health Sciences Center, located in southern California.

Marilyn Kraft is an Assistant Clinical Professor with the Loma Linda University School of Public Health and has been associated with the School since 1993. Since 1987, Marilyn has been a member of the Hazardous Materials Division of San Bernardino County, where she received a 2010 Mystery Shopper Customer Service Award. In 2009, she was honored to receive at this same conference the CA CUPA Forum Outstanding Individual at a CUPA. Her CUPA experience has at different times centered on compliance inspection, emergency planning, document preparation and review, risk management, information systems, training and staff development, supervision, and performance measures for program development and management.

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