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Your Environment. Your Health.

Compounding Environmental Health Crises: COVID-19 Research Response

Virtual Meeting


The Inaugural Symposium of the NIEHS Disaster Research Response Environmental Health Sciences Network will be held over the course of early 2021.

While COVID has presented research opportunities, it has also prevented many in the research community from sharing their work. The Symposium will focus on the environmental health dimensions of the COVID-19 crises and serve as a platform for presentations for researchers around the country.

Meeting Location

All Sessions of the Symposia will be held live via Zoom from noon – 1:30 p.m. EST

Registration and Schedule

Routes of Transmission and Exposure Mitigation – January 13, 2021
Moderator: Brian Buckley, Rutgers University
  • Brian Buckley, Rutgers University
  • Gedi Mainelis, Rutgers University
  • Vincent Munster, NIAID
  • William Bahnfleth, Penn State University
Mental Health Impacts of COVID-19 Response – February 4, 2021
Moderator: Jennifer Horney, University of Delaware
  • Gibran Mancus, University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa
  • Kristina Kintziger, University of Tennessee Knoxville
  • Adrianne Deveira, Lexington, KY

Addressing COVID Challenges With Community Partners – February 25, 2021
Moderator: Marilyn Howarth, University of Pennsylvania
  • Johnnye Lewis, Arizona
  • Sharon Croisant, UTMB
  • Wendy Heiger-Bernays, Boston University

    COVID-19, Social Vulnerability, and Environmental Injustice – March 2, 2021
    Moderators: Lauren Clay, D'Youville College and Nicole Errett, University of Washington
    • "COVID-19: Disproportionate Impact on Black Communities"
      • Benika C. Dixon, Texas A&M University
    • "Engaging Frontline Communities for Health, Equity and Resilience in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic"
      • Jill Johnston, University of Southern California
    • "Thrust Into the Frontlines: COVID-19 Risk and Mental Health Among New York City Transit Workers"
      • Alexis Merdjanoff, New York University
    • "Minding the Gap: COVID-19 and Existing Environmental Health Disparities in King County, Washington State"
      • Esther Min, University of Washington

    Discussant: Marccus Hendricks, University of Maryland

    This symposium is an initiative of the NIEHS Disaster Research Response Environmental Health Sciences Network and event planning is led by Network Co-Chair Erin N. Haynes, University of Kentucky

    American Disabilities Act Accommodations Requests

    Individuals with disabilities who need accommodations to participate in this meeting should contact Richard Kwok. TTY users should contact the Federal TTY Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339. Requests should be made at least 5 business days in advance of this meeting.

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