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This communication is for those professions overseen by the Health Licensing Office which require First Aid / CPR / Bloodborne Pathogens (or any mix of these as stated in Oregon Administrative Rule) for initial licensure/certification/registration (authorization), or for those needing to obtain recertification to renew your authorization:
During the Governor’s declared state of emergency due to COVID-19, the requirement to be certified to gain your initial authorization or to renew your authorization remains in place, however; the hands-on skill competency assessment by a qualified instructor can be waived and you are allowed to take all required courses online. If available, courses can still be taken in person if you are able to be in compliance with the Governor’s executive orders when doing so.
If you need to obtain your First Aid / CPR / Bloodborne Pathogens certification (or any mix of these), or get recertified, please refer to our approved provider list to inquire if these organizations are able to provide you with an online course or a remote-in option with an instructor.
The following regulated professions are overseen by the Environmental Health Registration Board. Learn more about applying for a license, associated fees, laws, rules and more by following the links below:
The Environmental Health Registration Board oversees the practices of environmental health specialists and waste water specialists.
The Environmental Health Registration Board consists of seven members appointed by the governor:
Terms of office are four years, but a member serves at the pleasure of the governor. A member holds office until the appointment and qualification of a successor. A member is eligible for reappointment. If a person serves two consecutive full terms, a period of at least four years must elapse before the person is again eligible for appointment to serve on the board.
Term: 2nd Full
Term end: 2/16/2022
Term: 1st Full
Term end: 11/5/2021
Rhonda Robb is an Environmental Health Specialist for Multnomah County, where she is the Plans Examiner for the Mobile Food Truck Program. Rhonda earned her Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from the University of Oregon, and since has taken a circuitous route to her current position; A common theme in her work has been exploring the connection between public health and the environment. In 2004, she obtained her Masters in Science, studying the risk factors of endemic cholera in Bangladesh. During graduate school and following, she worked as a Research Analyst at the Oregon Health Authority where she mapped cancer clusters to reveal patterns for the Cancer Registry and the Breast and Cervical Cancer Programs. In 2013, Rhonda decided to shift her focus to a more hands on approach in Environmental Health. Working two part time jobs with Multnomah County and the Port of Portland she went back to school to obtain the science courses needed to get to where she is today. In 2016, Rhonda completed the Multnomah County Leadership Academy, where her interest in health diplomacy took shape. "Environmental health programs protect communities from natural and man-made threats in the environment, and the responsibility to protect the public’s health is shared across federal, state, and local jurisdictions. The link between health and policy require the health communities to practice diplomacy while examining the skills, knowledge, and resources needed to achieve their mutual goals". Rhonda is also activity engaged in equity work, both on internal processes of the Environmental Health department, and within her community as an inspector. In her free time, Rhonda enjoys traveling and seeking outdoor adventures with her husband Hassan, and dog, Moses.
Term: 2nd Full
Term end: 5/31/2021
Term: 1st Full
Term end: 6/30/2022
Term: 1st Full
Term end: 6/14/2023
Bonnie Simpson has been an Environmental Health Specialist for Jackson County since 2011, where she runs their school inspection and group home programs. She is an Oregon native who graduated from Oregon State University in 1997, with a B.S. in Environmental Health; and has been working as an Environmental Health Specialist since 2001. In addition to Oregon, Bonnie has also worked as an EH specialist in Arizona and North Carolina. Her broad background includes food safety, onsite wastewater systems, pool inspections, public health emergency management as well as rabies and vector control.
Bonnie has a passion for education and knowledge. She has taught classes for Certified Pool Operators and food handlers. Her goal is to be a trusted resource for operators, food handlers and new Environmental Health Specialists as they navigate the industry.
When she is not working as an Environmental Health Specialist, Bonnie can be found raising her two young children or suffering through a CrossFit workout.
The Environmental Health Registration Board currently has an opening for a Food Industry Rep. To apply, fill out the Application form.
The Environmental Health Registration Board currently has an opening for a Public Member. To apply, fill out the Application form.
Are you interested in serving as a volunteer citizen board member? HLO-regulated boards seek new members as current member terms expire. The Environmental Health Registration Board is recruiting for a representative of the food or food/alcohol beverage retail industry and for an environmental health specialist.
Overview of HLO-regulated professions and boards
Current board vacancies and information on how to apply
For licensing qualification questions, contact Qualifications Specialist Cristina Coen at 503-373-1740 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For policy questions, contact Policy Analyst Anne Thompson at 503-373-1904 or email@example.com.
For board recruitment questions, contact Paige Sims at 503-373-1915 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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