AIHA Ignites YouTube

By Michelle Coutu
Were you too late to get a seat at this year’s Ignite session? Maybe you were double (or triple!) booked for meetings and were unable to attend. Don’t worry! AIHA has you covered, all 16 of this year’s Ignite presentations are now ayt logovailable on YouTube (in fact you can watch ALL the past AIHA Ignite sessions on YouTube). You can find the videos by visiting this link or by searching google for “AIHA Ignite 2015”).
The Ignite presentation style was formalized by a couple of technology innovators, and the first ignite session took place in Seattle in 2006. The format is simple, one speaker is given 5 minutes to present on any topic they are most passionate about. The catch is presenters are limited to 20 slides that auto advance every 15 seconds (no clicker needed for this presentation!). This style forces presenter to bring thoughtful, high energy ideas to their presentations that immediately engage and entertain their audiences. While primarily developed to get audiences excited about new ideas, the style has also been adapted for education purposes. Many groups now use this format for their safety moments before meetings or as an introduction to a boarder topic. To learn more about the Ignite presentation style check out:

ignite logoSince 2012 AIHA has been hosting an Ignite session at the annual AIHce. The first year eight brave participants stepped up to explore this new medium and show their passion for IH. This year 16 speakers put together presentations and shared their triumphs, failures, learnings, and hopes about their professional lives. Each presentation brings a unique and personal touch to the profession while building a strong sense of community. This has been a standing room only event since it began and YouTube is an excellent platform for ensuring all that want to ignite their passion for IH can catch that spark.


Outreach Project Team Formed to Create Awareness & Recruit IH’s Across the Board

By Andrew Burgie, M.S.

This past Spring of 2014, the Fellow Special Interest Group (SIG), Student and Early Career Professionals (SECP) Committee, the Local Section Committee (LSC), and the Student Local Section Committee (SLSC) have organized forces to create a new Outreach Project Team to facilitate various outreach opportunities among the groups nationally regarding Industrial Hygiene Awareness and Recruitment.

The proposed idea is to have the Fellows SIG assist in reaching out to various entities (such as schools, industry, community groups, etc.) in various cities to publicize our profession as experienced, respected, and well-seasoned ambassadors. The Local & Student Local Sections would each have Outreach Coordinators that would coordinate the outreach needs of their Sections in various cities by working with their local Fellows, whenever possible.

Once these local needs are ascertained, a dedicated group of volunteers coordinated by the Student and Early Career Professionals would then design appropriate outreach materials to address the needs being conveyed by the Outreach Coordinators of various Local & Student Sections. Obviously, these materials would undergo a vetting process among the AIHA technical committees and other pertinent entities, depending on the materials requested.

The three main groups presently being targeted are high school, elementary, and college level students, but this may evolve as we think about outreach to industry and community groups.

Anyone that has conducted outreach in the past is encouraged to submit their presentations, lesson plans, hands-on activities/projects, materials, etc. to our Project Team so that we can have a diverse pool of resources to enable interested IH professionals to educate the public about the importance and relevance of our profession nationwide (and worldwide).

We already have a few generalized presentations regarding “What Is An IH?” ready to go for the elementary and high school audience and are busy working on other presentations. We will keep you posted on the progress of this exciting team initiative and we look forward to fielding any constructive criticism or ideas that you may have for us.

Contact Information

Andrew Burgie is the Co-Director of the Center of Occupational and Environmental Health at the CUNY School of Public Health and SECP Team Leader of the Outreach Project.