Friday, December 10, 2021
Free Virtual Workshop

From problems to solutions


The workshop fostered dialogue among NIEHS employees, outside researchers, and members of the community to examine racism as a public health issue. The workshop seeks to:

  • Raise awareness of the problem of systemic racism in America and its contributing role to Environmental Health Disparities (EHD).
  • Inform the NIEHS community of current EHD research and outreach activities in Environmental Justice (EJ).
  • Engage regional and local community leaders involved in EJ advocacy networks to discuss best practices for community engagement.


The social unrest and protests that erupted in 2020, helped spur the need for the American people to have serious discussions about race and the systems that have contributed to growing health disparities and disproportionate environmental exposures. In one of his first acts after being inaugurated on January 20, 2021, President Biden issued an Executive Order On Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government. This directive encourages a comprehensive approach for promoting equity for all, especially people of color.

This workshop focused on the systemic problem of racism in America and its contributing role to EHD. It included keynote presentations and interactive panel discussions that feature national and local EJ leaders.

Federal Resources

Webinars & Podcasts

Community Engagement Training Modules

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More Information

If you have questions about the workshop, please contact one of the following committee members:

Darlene Dixon, D.V.M., Ph.D., D.A.C.V.P.
Acting Chief, Mechanistic Toxicology Branch
Tel 984-287-3848
[email protected]
Sharon D. Beard, M.S.
Branch Chief;
Worker Education and Training Branch
Tel 984-287-3237
Fax 301-451-5595
[email protected]