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Office of state environmental health director

The State Environmental Health Director (SEHD) is a member of the national peer group of state environmental health directors, each representing their state or territory. The SEHD peer group is managed by the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO). 

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Roles and Responsibilities

  • Present a unified voice for EH practice.
  • Enhance collaboration and communication among local-state-national partners.
  • Address key and emerging environmental health concerns, policies and priorities​.
​​The SEHD collaborates, coordinates and facilitates information sharing between subject matter experts through scheduled events, responding to enquiries and making referrals. 

Nationwide and Regional ​​Events

The SEHD peer group attends ASTHO-led meetings. Senior EH leaders are invited to attend dedicated meetings and participate on expert panels. These events include:
    • Annual SEHD Conference
    • Monthly SEHD Peer Group Meetings for policy and p​rogram updates from the CDC, FDA and other US Department of Health and Human Services agencies
    • Monthly Environmental Justice Call, a workgroup to advance environmental justice and equity
    • Quarterly Western Region Peer Group meetings to share information on current and emerging concerns, success stories and resources
    • Partner meetings such as the US EPA-led One Health Community of Practice with the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS), Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA)
    • Webinars, expert panels and other meetings dedicated to specific environmental health topics​

California​​ Events

Staff from the CDPH Office of the State Environmental Health Director
    • Host the CDPH Environmental Health Forum, co-host the CalEPA-CDPH working group meetings
    • Attend state and local partner meetings including the California Conference of Local Health Officers, and the California Conference of the Directors of Environmental Health
    • Provide technical consultation and/or referrals to subject matter experts

​​​​​​​Top Three Priorities

  • Climate Impacts
  • Health Equity
  • Disaster Management​


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