East Texas Chapter 
DirectoryA Message from Chapter President Ginger Points

As we begin a new decade we can surely look back and say hindsight is 2020.  Reflecting on the world activities and local activities around us we can plainly see the importance of the environmental health profession for those whom we serve.  It is truly amazing to think of all of the technological advancements we have made and tools we have at our fingertips compared to a short 100 years ago.  We are blessed to live in a time that we have solid science based knowledge and have implemented laws to protect the population and ensure they have an opportunity to live long and healthy lives.  I don’t know about you but it seems like the biggest challenge facing us now are ourselves.  Texas continues to be one of the fastest growing states in terms of population.  As our populations become more dense the challenge we will face will shift.  Communication will continue to be the most important asset for us all.  We will need to introduce the thoughts and conversations to our leaders about environmental impacts and planning for our growing state.  Topics such as: population growth and aging infrastructures, impacts of cultural and social changes within the population, and the importance of environmental sanitation, immunizations and food safety for densely populated areas need to be the topics crossing the table tops.