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FEHA AEM Training May 5th-11th

Plantation Inn at Crystal River, Fl

Meet our 2024 Keynote Speaker

Dr. Greg Kearney

Greg Kearney is an environmental public health professor and the founding Program Director for the Doctor of Public Health (DrPH), Environmental and Occupational Health program in the Brody School of Medicine, Department of Public Health at East Carolina University.

He holds a B.S, from East Carolina University, a MPH from University of South Florida and a Dr.PH from the University of Alabama-Birmingham.  Prior to returning home to North Carolina and moving into an academic role at his alma mater, Greg worked for the Martin County Health Department (Stuart), the State of Florida, Department of Health (Tallahassee), and the CDC, National Center of Environmental Health (Atlanta), all in environmental health programs! 

Dr Kearney has published over 75 manuscripts, 1 book and several book chapters. As a “hands on” professor, his research emphasizes practical applications for addressing important, relevant environmental public health topics.

He is Past-President of the Florida Environmental Health Association, Registered Environmental Health Professional, and longtime NEHA member and supporter.  He has received several honors and awards including, the Florida Senator Ken Pruitt Medallion of Excellence, N.C. Asthma Champion Award, and the ECU, Graduate Faculty Mentor award.

Dr Kearney is married to wife Michelle, has 2 sons (Patrick and Tanner) and enjoys learning guitar, volunteering in his community and letting his son beat him at basketball.

Professor Kearney will be speaking during our Awards Lunch on Wednesday May 8th. A ticket to the awards lunch comes with your general admission to the FEHA AEM.

2024 AEM Training Important Information

Click here to register for Special Events on the River

***T-Shirt Design Contest: Win Admission to the 2024 AEM***

May 6th-11th 2024


Basic Access $200: includes access to most classes & networking events (except OSTDS, Body Art, CPO & other certifications/credentials)

Unlimited Access $700: includes access to all classes & networking events. INCLUDES: CPO, OSTDS, CPO, Body Art & All other classes. Also  includes special Bonus AEM gift filled with special AEM surprises & 2 drink tickets per day.

Individual Class Registration $40-$180 per class: Only includes access to the individual class you select. DOES NOT include any other classes or any networking events. This is only a good option if you plan on only attending for 1 session and not attending any networking event or awards lunch/dinner.

There are a lot of grant funds available for AEM attendance. Please email for more info


Click here to download the agenda

Click here to view the AEM Events

Sunday May 5th Time Room
Initial Body Piercing Class 10am-2pm Palm Room
The Science of Body Art 2:30pm-6pm Palm Room
Monday May 6th
Vendor Set Up
Registration Opens 8:00 AM
OSTDS Day 1 9am-5pm Sable B
Body Art Inspector Training - Restricted 8am-5pm Magnolia
CPO Day 1 9am-5pm Willow
Hot Topics in Body Art 10am-5pm Sable A
Envir. Public Health Database Workshop 9am-12:30pm Palm
Bio Medical Waste Transporters 1pm-5pm Magnolia
Waterborne Disease Workshop Day 1 1pm-5pm Sable C & D
Afterhours Event: Painting with a Tattoo Artist 6:30pm - 10pm
Tuesday May 7th
Welcome Breakfast 7:30am-8:45am
EH Directors Meeting - Restricted 8am-5:15pm Palm
Body Art Inspector Training - Restricted 8am-5pm Magnolia
OSTDS Day 2 9AM-5pm Sable B
Public Health Toxicology 9am-5pm Sable A
Waterborne Disease Workshop Day 2 8am-5pm Sable C & D
CPO Day 2 9am-5pm Willow
Board of Directors Meeting 5:45pm-6:45pm Cypress
Annual Membership Meeting 6:45pm-7:15pm Cypress
Sunset Tour on the Crystal River 7pm-8:30pm Boat Dock
2 Truth’s and a Lie, Facilities Game Show Event 7:15pm-???
Wednesday May 8th
Temporary Event Set Up & Inspection - Walk Through On Your Own Magnolia
EH Directors Meeting - Restricted 8:30am-12:30pm Palm
Tentative EH Directors Onsite Sewage Meeting - Restricted 3pm-5pm
Body Art Inspector Training Day 3 - Restricted 10am-12pm Magnolia
OSTDS Day 3 9am-5pm Willow
Red Tide & HABs 9am-5pm Sable C
CPO Day 3 9am-1pm Dog Wood
Awards Lunch 1pm-3pm
Florida public pool inspection report & common violations 3pm-5:30pm Sable A
Sunset Tour on the Crystal River 7pm-8:30pm Boat Dock
Game Night!!! 6:30pm-???
Thursday May 9th
EH Preparedness, Natural, Biological & Radiological 9am-5pm Sable C
RS Test Review 10am-5pm
Drinking Water & Wells 10am-5pm Sable B
Aquatic Ecosystems Conservation & Restoration 9am-5pm Magnolia A
Current Topics in Food 9am-5pm Magnolia B
EH Strike Team Training (Invite Only) 9am-5pm Palm Room
Sea & Shoreline Guided River Tour 1:30pm-2:30pm
75th Anniversary Party Costume Party! 7pm-???
Friday May 10th
Swim & Snorkel w/ The Manatees 10:30am-1:30pm
Sea & Shoreline Guided River Tour 2pm-3pm
Farewell Dinner 6pm-9pm


Special Events Happening Throughout the AEM Include: Crystal Rover Boat Tours, Sunset Cruise Boat Ride, Snorkel With The Manatees & Fun Afterhours Events EVERY NIGHT!

Agenda constantly being updated. Watch out for further details

Email to find out more information

Special Links:

Hotel Info: Special Group Rate of $172

Plantation Resort on Crystal River

9301 West Fort Island Trail, Crystal River, FL, 34429, US



Booking online: You can book your hotel room online, HOWEVER: the default wording on the reservations webpage says that the hotel charges a resort fee and a deposit of 1 nights stay. THIS IS NOT TRUE for our conference. It is default wording on the reservation site that can not be changed but you will NOT be charged any of this. If you can not justify to whoever you need to that the fees will not be charged, than you must call the hotel directly to book your room. There is no way to remove this wording. Trust me, I've been trying. If you wish to book online, you can use this link:

Plantation Inn Resort is sold out for Monday Night. We have an overflow hotel:

Hampton Inn Crystal River

1103 N Suncoast Blvd, Crystal River, FL 34429

1-352-564-6464 PRESS 0 To get the special rate



$149 Special Rate for The Florida Environmental Health Association

$172 Suites - Special Rate for The Florida Environmental Health Association


Exhibitor & Sponsor Info

Exhibit booths & Sponsorship's are available for the FEHA AEM Training. You may download the exhibitor form here to view the available booth and sponsor packages. You can submit your application by mail or email and pay online through our web store by clicking here

Travel Justification for FEHA AEM Training

When requesting travel from the FDOH you may use this wording:

Justification for Go Travel: EH

Participation in the FL EH Association Annual Educational Training supports sharing of best practices & research findings. This training is critical to the development of EH roles and responsibilities of managing, analyzing, and interpreting EH data.

Funding Source for this Travel: Local funding and possibly Partial funding is available through FEHA

Benefit to the State:

Participants will share relevant information with staff members and departments at their CHD. The individuals will become more competent in their roles and ensure environmental public health services are carried out as required in statute (381.006).

Speakers & Abstract Submissions

If you are interested in developing a class for the 2024 FEHA AEM or would like to be a speaker at one of our sessions please visit our abstract submission page or contact for more info.


FEHA is now taking applications for 2024 AEM Scholarships. Scholarship award recipients will be given admission to all classes and networking events with the exception of the CPO class and the RS Test.

FEHA is offering 2 levels of scholarships. Active Member and Student Member Scholarships.

You can access the applications here:

Active Member Scholarship Form

Student Member Scholarship Form

Please fill out the required form and email it to

The deadline for turning in all applications is April 2nd 2024

If you are interested in applying for any of these Scholarships please email

Important Documents:

CPO Math Worksheet


Questions Concerning the 2023/2024 AEM Being Postponed Till May 2024

1) Will my event registration be carried over from the October Conference to the May Conference? Yes! If you have already registered, you do not need to register again. All of your info, including your payment has been transferred to the May event.

2) What happened to my hotel room reservation? All hotel rooms for October have been canceled, You need to rebook your hotel room using THIS LINK or you can call the hotel directly.

3) Can I get a refund if I am unable to attend the conference in May? YES! You just need to email and request for your registration to be canceled  & a refund to be issued.

4) Has the agenda for the AEM changed? As of this time, everything scheduled for the October Conference is set for the May Conference. This includes the Directors Meeting, Waterborne Disease Workshop, OSTDS, CPO, Body Art, Etc. We might even add in a couple more sessions between now and then.

5) Can I adjust my registration if I want to add or subtract sessions? YES! Not a problem, just email and we will take care of that for you.

6) Is the deadline for submitting Award Nominations, Scholarships & T-Shirt Contest Entries extended? YES! We have extended all of these and you have until April 2nd 2024 to submit everything to us.

7) Will FEHA be doing anything in between now and the AEM in May? YES! We are planning some exciting activities around the state to increase our activity within the individual districts. If you have an idea for a fun and exciting district meeting please email and we can plan something in your district.

8) Will FEHA be hosting online meetings before the 2024 AEM? YES! We have some great ideas in the works, Keep an eye out for additional emails from FEHA.

I hope that I have answered most of your questions about this unfortunate event. If you have any additional questions please feel free to contact me.

Thank You To Our 2024 AEM Sponsors




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