Discuss the Future of Local Environmental Health Specialists at #MACoCon

A committed and stable workforce must maintain the safety of vital resources that no one can live without − food, water, and a healthy environment.

There are significant and growing demands in the environmental health profession, necessitating more resources to meet those needs. Without these specialists, ensuring a safe and healthy place for residents to live will not be possible. Counties must attract and retain these valuable employees to keep communities thriving. This session will discuss the challenges, areas of greatest growth, and how the profession can modernize to meet 21st century needs.

Title: Water, Waste, and Workforce – Managing Old Problems with New Solutions

Description: County environmental health specialists ensure safe drinking water, safe food, and a safe environment for residents. These are the indispensable building blocks of a healthy and thriving society. In the same breath workforce and labor market shifts have put pressure on these local departments, while market growth has led to increased demand for deliverables like inspections and permits. The time has come for a pivot in strategy to keep up with the workload of this state-delegated responsibility. Join this panel of experts to discuss what kinds of reinvestment and reform are required to modernize local environmental health programs for the new landscape.


    • Don Curtian, Anne Arundel Environmental Health Director
    • Barry Glotfelty, Director of Environmental Health Services, Frederick County
    • Matthew McConaughey, Wicomico County Health Officer

Moderator: Delegate Tiffany Alston

Date/Time: Thursday, August 17, 2023; 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

The 2023 MACo Summer Conference will be held at the Roland Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, MD from August 16-19. This year’s theme is “Where The Rubber Meets the Road.” More information can be found on our conference website.

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Questions? Contact Virginia White