Opening Session/Keynote Address

4:00 PM–6:00 PM Jun 25, 2018

Platinum 5/6


Pamela Hughes Patenaude, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) 

Pamela Hughes Patenaude will conduct a Fireside Chat, moderated by NEHA Executive Director Dr. David Dyjack. A Q&A session will follow the presentation.

Ms. Patenaude brings to HUD more than 30 years of experience in the areas of housing, economic development, real estate, and public policy. Prior to joining HUD, she served as the President of the J. Ronald Terwilliger Foundation for Housing America’s Families, a national nonprofit education and research organization dedicated to illuminating America’s affordable housing crisis. Before co-founding the Terwilliger Foundation, she was the Director of Housing Policy for the Bipartisan Policy Center where she led a 21-person commission to present a new direction for national housing policy. Ms. Patenaude served as Executive Vice President of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and Founding Executive Director of the ULI Terwilliger Center for Workforce Housing.

Earlier in her career, Ms. Patenaude served as Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development (CPD) at HUD, where she administered more than $8 billion in housing and community development funds. She also played a significant role in the Department’s efforts to rebuild the Gulf Coast region following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, providing direct oversight of $17 billion in disaster recovery funds. Prior to her work at CPD, Ms. Patenaude served HUD as the Assistant Deputy Secretary for Field Policy and Management.

Frank Yiannas, Walmart Vice President of Food Safety and Health 

As environmental health professionals, getting others to comply with what you’re asking is critical, but it’s not always easy. When it comes to food safety, people’s attitudes, choices, and behaviors are some of the most important factors influencing the overall safety of our food supply. If you’re trying to improve the food safety performance of an organization, industry, or region, what you’re really trying to do is change people’s behaviors.

In this innovative presentation, “Food Safety = Behavior,” Frank Yiannas, Walmart Vice President of Food Safety and Health, will provide fascinating insight into proven behavioral science principles with suggested applications on how they might be used to advance food safety and environmental health.

Environmental Health Leadership Panel: State Perspectives on Current and Emerging Issues

State Environmental Health Directors from Georgia, Rhode Island, and California will discuss important issues relevant to environmental health practice, including state and local coordination, innovative funding mechanisms for environmental health programs, and the skills needed to be a successful environmental health professional in 2018.