The Inaugural Symposium of the NIEHS Disaster Research Response Environmental Health Sciences Network was 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 focused on the environmental health dimensions of the COVID-19 crises and served as a platform for presentations for researchers around the country.
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, University of New Mexico
- 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 was an initiative of the NIEHS Disaster Research Response Environmental Health Sciences Network and event planning was led by Network Co-Chair Erin N. Haynes, University of Kentucky