Environmental Factor, April 2010, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Forum to Address Indoor Environmental Exposures
By Laura Hall
NIEHS/NTP Director Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., will give the keynote address at a community forum on indoor environmental exposures at the Harlem School of the Arts in New York City on April 13. The forum, "Healthy Homes and You (http://www.weact.org/Events/UpcomingEvents/ScientificSessionandCommunityDialogue/tabid/582/Default.aspx)," will include scientific presentations and a panel discussion.
The event, which is open to the public, is sponsored by NIEHS, the NIEHS Center for Environmental Health in Northern Manhattan (CEHNM) (http://www.mailman.columbia.edu/academic-departments/centers/niehs-center-environmental-health) and NIEHS grantee West Harlem Environmental Action, Inc. (WE ACT) (http://www.weact.org/Home/tabid/162/Default.aspx), a non-profit, community-based environmental justice organization.
The goal, explained co-hosts Regina Santella, Ph.D., director of the CEHNM, and Peggy Shepard, executive director of WE ACT, is to use translational research to address community concerns and improve environmental health.
CEHNM is housed at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in New York. The center seeks to improve public health through multidisciplinary scientific approaches and public partnerships with community organizations. CEHNM frequently partners with WE ACT on environmental justice issues.
Beginning at 2:00 pm, Santella will welcome attendees and introduce the speakers. The presenting CEHNM scientists - Matthew Perzanowski, Ph.D., Robin Whyatt, DrP.H., and Patrick Kinney, Sc.D. - will discuss the impact of exposures on public health, including mouse allergens, endocrine disrupting substances, and air pollution. Shepard will discuss translating science to policy in the final presentation of the afternoon sesion. A discussion with the audience will follow the talks.
At 6:00 pm, Shepard will welcome everyone and explain the discussion format. The panelists include Joseph Graziano, Ph.D., of CEHNM, Birnbaum, Ray Werner of the Environmental Protection Agency, Daniel Kass of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Whyatt of CEHNM, and Ray Lopez of the Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Service.
- CEHNM -- Santella, David Evans, Ph.D., Graziano, and Gail Garbowski
- WE ACT -- Shepard, Ogonnaya Dotson-Newman and Anhthu Hoang, Ph.D., J.D., and Cecil Corbin-Mark
- NIEHS - Senior Advisor Allen Dearry, Ph.D., and John Schelp, liaison to the NIEHS Public Interest Partners and a community forum coordinator
(Laura Hall is a biologist in the NIEHS Laboratory of Pharmacology currently on detail as a writer for the Environmental Factor.)