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2017 FDA Central Region Retail Food Protection Seminar and NEHA Region 4 Biannual Educational Conference

September 19-21, 2017
The Commons Hotel
Minneapolis, MN

About the Event

The Minnesota Environmental Health Association (MEHA) invites you to join us for this one-of-a-kind event. The 2017 FDA Central Region Retail Food Protection Seminar will be jointly held with the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) Region IV biannual educational conference. This blended event will bring together food protection and environmental health professionals from 17 states and the District of Columbia. The agenda is being planned to provide joint keynote sessions and networking events, in order to promote and foster our community of environmental health professionals.

Our intended audience includes food safety and environmental health professionals from federal, state, tribal, and local regulatory agencies, industry, academia, as well as anyone with an interest in learning more about these topics!

  • Registration for the FDA seminar provides attendees access to all three days of programming (September 19-21).
  • Registration for the NEHA conference provides access to sessions on days two and three (September 20-21).
  • Registration for either event allows you to participate and attend all sessions on the days included with your registration.

FDA Retail Food Protection Seminar (September 19-21)

The FDA Retail Food Protection Seminar will be held September 19-21, 2017. Attendees have the opportunity to learn about:

  • Changes to regulations, policies, and recommendations that impact retail food safety, including but not limited to the FDA Food Code;
  • FDA Standardization Interpretations;
  • The FDA Voluntary National Retail Food Regulatory Program Standards;
  • Federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial regulatory initiatives to enhance retail food safety;
  • Industry initiatives to enhance retail food safety;
  • Funding opportunities available to jurisdictions responsible for the regulation of retail and food service establishments; and
  • Emerging science and technology related to retail food safety.

The Central Region includes: Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

NEHA Region IV Biannual Educational Conference (September 20-21)

The NEHA Region IV conference will be held September 20-21, 2017. Attendees will be able to attend informational and educational sessions from a wide range of topics, including:

  • Food Safety
  • Drinking Water
  • Swimming Pools
  • Wastewater
  • Healthy Homes
  • Emerging Environmental Health Issues
  • Professional Development
  • …and much more!

NEHA Region 4 states include: Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Nebraska.

Agenda

DRAFT AGENDA 6/21/17 (subject to change)

Agenda highlights

  • Keynote speakers:
    • Risk Communication and Social Media; Food Safety Talk Podcast Demo: Dr. Ben Chapman (NC State University) and Dr. Don Schaffner (Ruttgers University)
    • Bouncing Back! The Remarkable Attribute Called "Resilience" - Dr. Bob Veninga
    • Conflict Resolution and Communication - Dr. Jody Janati
    • Closing remarks - Dr. Michael Osterholm

Event Registration

Register early! Prices go up after August 15, 2017.

Registration will close on September 1, 2017 or when capacity is reached. Walk-in registrations will not be accepted.

  • Registration for the FDA seminar provides attendees access to all three days of programming (September 19-21).
  • Registration for the NEHA conference provides access to sessions on days two and three (September 20-21).
  • Registration for either event allows you to participate and attend all sessions on the days included with your registration.

REGISTER NOW: FDA Retail Food Protection Seminar: September 19-21, 2017

  • All attendees: $250 ($300 after August 15)

REGISTER NOW: NEHA Region 4 Conference: September 20-21, 2017

  • General Registration: $200 ($250 after August 15)
  • NEHA State affiliate member (ND, SD, MN, NE, IA, WI): $150 ($200 after August 15)
  • NEHA State affiliate retired or student member (ND, SD, MN, NE, IA, WI): $125 ($175 after August 15)
  • Registration Stipends now available for MEHA members, learn more here: Stipend Information 

Venue Information

The event will be held at The Commons Hotel on the campus of the University of Minnesota, in Minneapolis, MN. The planning committee has secured a room block at the prevailing government room rate of $145/night plus tax and fees. Book your room today – they will fill fast! The block is being held until August 31 or until it fills, whichever is first.

The Commons Hotel

615 Washington Ave SE,
Minneapolis, MN 55414

RESERVE YOUR ROOM ONLINE TODAY

Or call 612.379.8888 and ask for the NEHA Region 4 Educational Conference/FDA Central Region Seminar block.

Target Field Pentair Rain Water Recycling Tour

Join us for a fun and informational tour of the state-of-the-art Rain Water Recycle System that Pentair designed for Target Field.

Wednesday, September 20 at 7 pm, following the networking reception with exhibitors. Final tour departure details will be provided Wednesday at the conference.

Registration for the tour is $20, and includes transportation on the Metro Transit Green Line to and from the stadium.

Enjoy a tour of Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins, followed by a stop at Modist Brewing Co.  Target Field is known as one of the best baseball stadiums in Major League baseball - from playing and watching baseball to its reputation as an environmentally sustainable stadium.  The 90 minute tour of the stadium will take you to places that many fans don’t normally see including the environmental and sustainable features of the stadium.  After the tour, we will walk over to Modist Brewing, located a short distance from Target Field. Pre-registration is not required for those who would only like to join us at the brewery.

There are a limited number of tour tickets available. Register early!

REGISTER FOR THE TOUR

Poster Presentations:

The Minnesota Environmental Health Association is proud to host an educational poster session at the joint FDA Regional Retail Food Safety Seminar/NEHA Region 4 Conference.  Showcase your research to Environmental and Public Health Professionals from 17 states and the District of Columbia.  Poster session participation is open to students and professionals.  The deadline to submit a poster proposal is July 1, 2017.

INFORMATION AND SUBMISSION FORM

Sponsorship and Vendor Opportunities

MEHA is seeking sponsorships for this unique event. Sponsorships will help to support the cost of the conference, including speaker fees, meals, and venue fees. Vendors are invited to share their products throughout the day on Wednesday, September 20, as well as during a dedicated networking social event that evening. If your organization is connected with Food Safety or Environmental Health and may benefit from being a Sponsor or Vendor at this event, we invite you to consider participating as a Sponsor and/or Vendor. The deadline to register as a sponsor or vendor is July 1, 2017.

Silent Auction

Call for SILENT AUCTION donations!

A silent auction benefiting MEHA scholarships will take place during the conference on Wednesday, September 20. Please consider donating themed baskets, handmade crafts, packaged snacks, gift certificates, or other items for the auction! Email amy.saupe@state.mn.us for more information, questions, or if you plan to donate an item.

Thank you!

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