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Your Environment. Your Health.

Responding to Emerging Health Threats Through Research and Training

July 20, 2016
Boston, Massachusetts

NIEHS/NIH Responding to Emerging Health Threats Through Research and TRaining July 20, 2016.  Boston Massachusetts.  30 years of Superfund Research and Training. 50 years of NIEHS
NIEHS 50 years, 1966-2016.  Part of the 50th Anniversary Event Series.

Community Engagement Tour

Local environmental justice and public health leaders led a bus tour of the waterfront areas lining Chelsea’s borders to show the proximity of significant industrial impacts that abut densely populated, low-income and ethnically diverse neighborhoods to demonstrate the extreme vulnerability of catastrophic disaster; demonstrate how residents’ environment and public health has been unfairly burdened (and worsened) for regional benefits; and demonstrate the insurmountable persistence the community has to tip the scales so that they are achieving accountability from industrial neighbors, policy makers and other people in positions of power.

DR2 Workshop Details

The NIH Disaster Research Response (DR2) workshop was held on Tuesday, July 19, 2016. For additional information, please visit the DR2 Workshop webpage for more information.

Purpose and Scope of the WTP Workshop/Awardee Meeting

Timeline with photos
Meeting attendees contributed their own memories to the "Historical Milestones of the NIEHS Superfund Programs" timeline.

2016 marks the 50th anniversary of environmental health science research at the National Institutes of Health. The Division of Environmental Health Sciences was established in 1966, and was elevated to a full-fledged institute in 1969, with a mission of discovering how the environment affects people in order to promote healthier lives. The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) has been making significant contributions to the field ever since. Throughout 2016, NIEHS is celebrating this milestone by highlighting our research on environmental exposures and our impacts on human health.

This workshop focused on NIEHS’s role in the response to various environmental health events and reflected on historical themes.


Participant List

Workshop Materials

Workshop Report


Awardee Meeting:

July 20,2016

Time Topic
9:00-9:10 a.m. Welcome from Our Local Hosts
  • Madeleine Scammel, D.Sc., Boston University, School of Public Health
  • Craig Slatin, Sc.D., New England Consortium/Civil Service Employees Association
9:10-9:30 a.m. Kick Off
  • Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., NIEHS and NTP
  • Heather Henry, Ph.D., NIEHS Superfund Research Program
  • Joseph “Chip” Hughes, NIEHS Worker Training Program
9:30-10:30 a.m. Origins of NIEHS and the Superfund Program
MODERATOR: Donald Elisburg, National Clearinghouse for Worker Safety and Health Training
  • Eula Bingham, Ph.D., University of Cincinnati, former Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health
  • Bernard Goldstein, M.D., University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • Philip Landrigan, M.D., Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • Kenneth Olden, Ph.D., Director, EPA National Center for Environmental Assessment; NIEHS and NTP Director, 1991-2005
10:40-11:00 a.m. Historical Timeline Summary and Activity
FACILITATOR: Kevin Riley, Ph.D., Western Region Universities Consortium, University of California, Los Angeles
11:00 a.m.-Noon Program History from the Grantee Perspective
MODERATOR: Heather Henry, Ph.D., NIEHS SRP
  • Mark Catlin, Service Employees International Union
  • David Christiani, M.D., Harvard University
  • Robert H. Hurt, Ph.D., Brown University
  • Carol Rice, Ph.D., Midwest Consortium, University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
1:00-2:00 p.m. NIEHS Support for Capacity Building to Respond to Emerging Threats
MODERATOR: Craig Slatin, Sc.D., New England Consortium/Civil Service Employees Association
  • David Ozonoff, M.D., Chair Emeritus of Environmental Health, Boston University School of Public Health; Deputy Director of the Boston University Superfund Research Program
  • Tony Robbins, M.D., Tufts University School of Medicine, Chair of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health of Tufts University School of Medicine from 1999-2002
  • Beverly Wright, Ph.D., Dillard University, Deep South Center for Environmental Justice
2:30-3:30 p.m. Health Events that Changed the Programs (Program Turning Points)
FACILITATOR: Linda Delp, Ph.D., Western Region Universities Consortium, University of California, Los Angeles
3:30-4:30 p.m. Future Vision of the Programs
  • Arturo Archila, Tony Mazzocchi Center/The Labor Institute
  • David Kaeli, Ph.D. Northeastern University
  • Eduardo Siqueira, M.D., Sc.D., University of Massachusetts, Boston
4:30-5:00 p.m. Closing Remarks
  • Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., NIEHS and NTP
  • Joseph “Chip” Hughes, NIEHS WTP
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