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About NIEHS Community Forums

The NIEHS sponsors Community Forums in cities throughout the United States on the general theme of environmental impacts on human health. The purpose of the community forums is to bring together members of the public who are interested in public health and the environment with NIEHS and other federal, state, and local government health officials; environmental health professionals; and disease and environmental advocacy groups. The forums provide a platform for an open dialogue to establish better coordination among the public and health professionals working on community exposures, industrial exposures, and other environmental issues. These forums also provide an opportunity to promote local and state media coverage of environmental health issues to broaden public understanding.

Many of these Community Forums are organized in collaboration with NIEHS Environmental Health Sciences Centers and Superfund Centers at universities around the country who carry out cutting edge research to better understand the most pressing and key environmental problems of the nation, and how best to solve them.

Recent Community Forums have taken place in Brooklyn, Arizona, Alaska, Los Angeles, Detroit, Seattle, Research Triangle Park, Boston, New Orleans, Louisville, Harlem, Bay Area, Milwaukee and New Jersey.

Appalachian Health & Well-Being Forum
July 25, 2016: 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Letcher County Cooperative Extension Office, 478 Extension Drive, in Whitesburg.

Appalachian Eastern Kentucky boasts a richness of community and a strong sense of place rooted in its mountains, its rivers, its music, and, most importantly, its people. As these communities strive to address well-documented and long-standing regional disparities in health and well-being, many promising community-level efforts already are in place, while others are in different and exciting stages of development.

The Appalachian Health and Well-Being Forum celebrates these pioneering initiatives by communities and partners working to develop and sustain a healthier, more resilient Appalachia. The forum will include a panel of local, state, and national community and health leaders who will highlight innovative model programs and activities; share success stories and lessons learned; and discuss potential resources to help address community needs. Panelist are expected to include Dr. Linda Birnbaum, Director of the National Institute of the Environmental Health Sciences; Mr. Mike Caudill, CEO of Mountain Comprehensive Health Corporation; Dr. Fran Feltner, Director of Center for Excellence in Rural Health, and Dr. Dawn Brewer, University of Kentucky. Hosted by the University of Kentucky, this forum will provide opportunities to connect individuals and groups working in overlapping areas to improve the overall health and well-being of Eastern Kentucky. We hope you will join us.

For more information about the Kentucky forum, email Lindell Ormsbee.


John Schelp
John Schelp, M.P.A.
Special Assistant for Community Engagement and Outreach

Tel (919) 541-5723
Fax (919) 541-0273

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