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Megan Arndt, REHS

Environmental Health Officer

Minnesota District Office, Bemidji Area Indian Health Service

Bemidji, MN, 56601

 

Megan Arndt is a Lieutenant Junior Grade in the United States Public Health Service assigned to the Indian Health Service in Bemidji, Minnesota. Megan has served in her current position as an Environmental Health Officer in the Minnesota District Office of the Indian Health Service since February, 2010. As a Service Unit Environmental Health Office she is responsible for implementing comprehensive environmental health programs to over 9,000 American Indian residents of three Minnesota tribes. Program areas include environmental sustainability; food protection and sanitation; institutional environmental health; occupational health and safety management; injury prevention; vector/epidemiology investigations; solid, liquid, and hazardous wastes; and environmental health ordinance and code development. In this position she also provides consultative, technical, and training assistance in environmental health and safety management to the tribes. From March 2008-January 2010 she served as a Service Unit Environmental Health Office for three different tribes located in Minnesota with a population of approximately 6,000 American Indian members. For her exemplary performance of duty she was awarded the United States Public Health Service’s Achievement Medal and Citation.

 

During her time with the Indian Health Service, she has obtained multiple credentials such as: Certified Aquatic Facility Operator, Certified Playground Safety Inspector, and Registered ServSafe Instructor and Proctor. She also obtained her Registered Environmental Health Specialist credential in May 2009.

 

Megan received her BS in Environmental and Public Health from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (Cum Laude) in December 2007. While there she served as the president of UWEC’s Student National Environmental Health Association. In this role she organized many community service events. In May 2008, she was chosen for an Outstanding Student Award from the UWEau Claire Alumni Association.

 

Currently, she is a member of the National Environmental Health Association and serves as a member of the Northern Plains Commissioned Officer Awards Committee. She also Chairs the Bemidji Area Indian Health Service Peer Discussion Forum and is a member of one tribal green team and one healthcare green team.

 

Leadership Development Opportunities

My EPHLI experience has proven to be challenging and immensely rewarding. The opportunities to meet, interact, and learn with so many dedicated professionals has provided a world class education on the history and future of the Environmental Public Health field. Through the multiple self-assessments I have gained useful knowledge about myself and how others view me on a professional level. The systems thinking approach utilized during EPHLI has allowed me to analyze issues much more thoroughly. It has proven to be extremely helpful in identifying root causes of issues instead of merely dealing with the obvious and getting stuck in a potentially vicious cycle of “fire fighting.”