Environment
Section Newsletter
Fall 2004

Message from the Chair

I do hope this message finds you all in great health and spirits! This remains a very exciting time for the Environment Section. Now that we are nearing the 2004 APHA Annual Meeting I would like to remind us all that many opportunities are before us. Not only is the focus of the meeting on "Environment and Public Health," but our Section members have been working around the clock to put the finishing touches on a wonderful scientific program, larger APHA sessions focused on environmental health, the Annual Calver Lecture, Social, Section Awards and the Annual Field Trip. Our various Section committees continue to work on ways to increase the efficiency of business within the Section while also advancing environmental health protection efforts outside of the Section.

In addition, many other sections and caucuses are proudly highlighting environmental health within their scientific programs and events as well. Being that the meeting is in the nation's capital, Washington, D.C., I would also like to encourage you to take advantge of the area by connecting with local resources and colleagues while you are in town. Because the meeting is just after the presidential election, consider exploring whether public policy work can be done while in town.

As we approach the APHA Conference this November please keep in mind that a wide variety of roles for Section Members exists. Whether it be Chairing or serving on a Committee, running for an elected position, or simply joining the monthly Leadership conference calls to remain engaged in Section activity, your time, energy and expertise are well received and appreciated.

I look forward to seeing you all in Washington, D.C., this November and remain honored to serve as your Section Chair for one more year.

In Peace,

Nsedu Obot Witherspoon

nobot@cehn.org
Phone: (202) 543-4033 ext. 14
CEHN
110 Maryland Avenue, NE, Suite 505
Washington, DC 20002

Section Election Results

The Environment Section leadership thanks all who ran for positions in this year's election process and for their interest in and commitment to the Section. We are dependent on everyone's continuing input and enthusiasm to ensure progress and growth of the Section. The Section will be developing a nomination slate for these and other positions right after the D.C. Annual Meeting, and it's not too early for people to be thinking of or suggesting themselves or others for leadership positions. Congratulations to all of the following members!

Election Winners

Environment Section Secretary:
Derek Shendell

Environment Section Council:
Peter Ashley
Devon Payne-Sturges

Environment Section Governing Council:
Patrick Bohan
Paul Locke

Submitted by:
Nsedu Obot Witherspoon, Section Chair
Allen Dearry, Nomination Committee Chair

An APHA Project: Assisting CDC in Revitalizing Environmental Public Health Services

As featured in an article in the August issue of The Nation’s Health, APHA staff are engaged in a project to assist the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the revitalization of environmental public health services. CDC released a National Revitalization Strategy in September 2003 (for a copy of the strategy go to <www.cdc.gov/nceh/ehs>). The overarching goal of the strategy is to enhance and revitalize the system of environmental public health services in order to address the broad range of issues facing states and communities.

Specifically, the goal of APHA’s project is to educate policymakers primarily at the national level as to what environmental public services are and why they are important. The project will also highlight critical issues faced by this workforce (such as those as outlined in ASTHO’s recent publication “State Public Health Worker Shortage Report: A Civil Service Recruitment and Retention Crisis”) and steps that are needed to manage these issues.

Educational materials, including a general brochure on environmental public health services and features for several states, are under development and will be unveiled at the APHA Annual Meeting, in an APHA exhibit booth titled “Environmental Public Health Services: Everyone. Everywhere. Every Day.” APHA is also developing a Web site for this project that will be launched in October.

Other organizations are partnering with CDC on revitalization efforts including: Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs; ASTHO (Association of State and Territorial Health Officials); Environmental Council of the States; National Association of County and City Health Officials; National Association of Local Boards of Health; National Conference of State Legislatures and National Environmental Health Association. Representatives from these associations will convene at the Annual Meeting.

Several state and local agencies as well as universities are also engaged in revitalization activities. For information on these partners, go to <http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/ehs/CapacityBuilding/excellence.htm>.

For more information about this project, please e-mail <tracy.kolian@apha.org> or call (202) 777-2435. APHA members can use their member passwords to access the full article from The Nation’s Health, online at <www.apha.org/provate/thenationshealth/thnaug04stories/enviro0804.htm>.

Assistance Please! Help Us Design the Environment Section Booth

The Environment Section’s booth redesign is under way. We are looking for ideas and volunteers to help with the booth’s facelift, including the preparation of promotional materials, the design of a new banner for the booth and of course, a dozen or so volunteers to spend one or two hours working at the booth throughout the Public Health Expo, answering questions and distributing Section-related materials. Please contact Jill Litt if you are interested in volunteering at the booth. Moreover, please forward any ideas you have to improve the booth and materials you might like to distribute. Finally, if you have any experience in graphic design or have any colleagues in this business, please contact Jill. Jill can be reached at (303) 315-7595 or <jill.litt@uchsc.edu>.

Submitted by:
Jill S. Litt, PhD
Assistant Professor, Environmental Health
University of Colorado Health Sciences Center
Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics
4200 E. Ninth Ave, C-245
Denver, Colorado 80262
Phone: (303) 315-7595/Fax: (303) 315-5987
E-mail: jill.litt@uchsc.edu

Protect People. Save Lives. Fund Public Health! Walk the Hill for Public Health! Nov. 9, 2004

On Nov. 9, thousands of public health professionals attending APHA’s 132nd Annual Meeting will be walking the halls of Capitol Hill to tell Congress it’s time to make public health funding a national priority!

Increasingly, the health of all Americans is at risk. Without additional resources for a continuum of medical research, prevention, treatment and training programs, our nation’s public health system will not be able to respond adequately to existing and emerging threats. Unfortunately, some of our nation’s leaders continue to not recognize the importance of fully funding the nations’ public health system that protects Americans and saves lives everyday.

November 9 carries enormous promise for making the priorities of APHA and the Environment Section known to Congress, while displaying the solidarity and commitment of the public health community.

APHA’s public health hill day will start with a rally at Upper Senate Park on Capitol Hill at 8:30 am. After the rally, public health professionals will walk the halls of Capitol Hill with their state delegations distributing our message to legislators and their staff.

To make this Hill day a success, we need your participation! Register to participate in the rally and Hill day at <http://www.apha.org/legislative/walkhill/signup/>. APHA is recruiting at least 100 people from the Environment Section to attend. Please register today! A solid representation is absolutely necessary to help convince Congress on the importance of public health.

November is a critical time to advance our key issues to national policymakers. Both mandatory and discretionary public health budgets for the upcoming year face grossly inadequate allocations. Currently, appropriations for the CDC, HRSA, and other federal agencies stand to be either flat-funded or cut, despite the urgent need to greatly expand resources for disease prevention, wellness promotion, and safety preparedness in communities nationwide. Reduced expenditures on these essential programs both deprive and undermine the public health community’s ability to improve the health outcomes of the American public.

Walking the halls of Capitol Hill on Nov. 9 provides an excellent opportunity for the Environment Section to address these shortcomings in both chambers of Congress. Because many senators and representatives are not fully aware of the implications of insufficient public health spending, much can be gained from using our experience and expertise to directly educate them and their staff. Our actions have the potential to both influence this year’s legislation, and send a clear, strong public health message to the incumbent and newly elected members of the 109th Congress.

Your voice and presence on Nov. 9 are crucial to the visibility and effectiveness of this campaign.

For more information on the march, visit the Walk the Hill for Public Health Web page at <http://www.apha.org/legislative/walkhill/index.htm>, or contact Lakitia Mayo, Director of Grassroots Advocacy, by e-mail at <lakitia.mayo@apha.org> or by telephone at (202) 777-2515.

Together, we can ensure a powerful public health presence in our nation’s capital on Nov. 9!

Note: Rally Meet-Up & Packet Pick-Up

Time:

8:30 a.m.

Where:

Upper Senate Park (Intersection of Delaware Avenue, NE & C Street, NE)

The park is located two blocks from Union Station.

Metro Directions:

Take the RED LINE train from the GALLERY PLACE or METRO CENTER station toward Glenmont.

Exit at UNION STATION.

The rally will begin promptly at 8:30 a.m.

Participants will visit the offices of their legislators in state delegations starting at 10:00 a.m.

Upcoming Environment Section Program - 2004 APHA Annual Meeting

Final touches have been made to the 2004 Annual Meeting program. Thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s program superb! This year the Environment Section has 274 presentations in 11 poster sessions, two Round Tables, and 30 oral sessions for a total of 51 sessions. Forty-one of our sessions have been co-sponsored by other sections and caucuses indicating the appealing nature and variety of our program. We will also be having four business meetings, a field trip, and the section social. The section’s program flier will be available shortly to make attending all the Environment Section’s events easier at the meeting.

While all of our sessions are important topics, there are a few that are especially noteworthy. Please see the descriptions below:

3174.1 Environment Section Holmer N. Calver Lecture - Monday, Nov. 8, 2004: 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
Each year the Environment Section selects and awards a winner for the Holmer N. Calver Award. This year's recipient is Carol M. Browner, JD. In 1993, Browner was appointed by President Clinton and unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. She held this position for eight years. Browner is also a founding member of The Albright Group, a global strategy firm that is committed to building public private partnerships to address the most pressing challenges facing people in communities around the globe.

The Built Environment Institute Sessions 3175.0, 3258.0, 3333.0, 4034.0, 4128.1, 4195.1, 4266.1, 5024.0, 5028.0, 5030.1
The Environment Section is proudly hosting the second annual Built Environment Institute (BEI). The Institute’s overall goal is to assist in an effort to identify what combinations of planning, design, and lifestyle choices are prescribed for healthy and sustainable living and more human-focused growth.
This year's Institute will begin Monday (3175.0 - Built Environment Institute I: Exploring the connections between the built environment and obesity - Monday, Nov. 8, 2004: 12:30 p.m.-2:00 p.m.) with a brief keynote address by Dr. Allen Dearry, the Associate Director of Research Coordination, Planning and Translation, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. His presentation will be followed by numerous talks on the built environment and issues such the obesity epidemic, transportation, sustaining healthy communities wnd the school environment. There are 10 BEI scientific sessions in total sponsored by the Environment Section.


Given the location and timing of this year's meeting, we have also put together the following two sessions that will surely be of interest to many:

3116.1 Integrity of Science: How Political Agendas Impact Public Health - Monday, Nov. 8, 2004: 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

3257.0 What do the 2004 Elections Mean for Environmental Public Health? An Interactive Discussion - Monday, Nov. 8, 2004: 2:30 p.m.-4:00 p.m.

Submitted by:
Robyn Gilden
University of Maryland School of Nursing
Environmental Health Education Center
655 West Lombard St. Room 665
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Phone: (410) 706-4803
E-mail: rgilden@son.umaryland.edu

Editor's Note: Environment Section Session List for the Annual Program

The Environment Section's complete list of sessions for the upcoming November 2004 APHA Annual Meeting is included at the end of this newsletter and an attractive flier with all (i.e., a more formated version) can be found at <http://depts.washington.edu/aphaenv/docs/Program_Flyer.pdf>.

Spotlight on Environmental Justice Sessions

APHA is excited about a unique partnership that has resulted in an Environmental Justice Track. This track was first suggested by Charles Lee, Associate Director for Policy and Interagency Liaison, Office of Environmental Justice, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and involves key environmental justice and health disparities officials from the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Justice, the National Institute of Health and the U.S. Surgeon General's office.

This partnership has resulted in three sessions that touch on the nexus of environmental justice and health disparities as well as a town hall meeting. These sessions will address such issues as cumulative risks, vulnerable populations, promoting community partnerships and key federal initiatives. They have been organized by an interagency work group. Nsedu Obot Witherspoon, MPH, represented the Environment Section on this group and will moderate one of the sessions.

The Sessions are:

4017.0 Linking Health Disparities and Environmental Justice: Environmental hazards, Cumulative Risks, Vulnerable Populations and Health Disparities, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 8:30 - 10:00.

Linking Health Disparities and Environmental Justice: Promoting Community/Public Health Partnerships, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 12:30 -2:00.

4185.0 Linking Health Disparities and Environmental Justice: Key Federal Initiatives, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2:30 to 4:00

The conclusion of the day will be a Town Hall Meeting on environmental justice from 4:30 to 6:00 (Session 4251) promoting collaborative partnerships between impacted communities, public health practitioners and government agencies to better address health disparities. This will bring together leaders from community based organizations, public health and government to discuss ways of working tougher to ensure every state is working to address these issues. The Town Hall Meeting will be moderated by Kojo Nnamdi, a Washington based public radio host.

NOTE: the above will be a perfect prelude to the Closing session on Wednesday on Environmental Justice featuring Kenneth Olden, Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Paul Epstein, Associate Director of the Center for Health and Global Environment at Harvard and Gary Grant from the Concerned Citizens of Tillery.

Submitted by:
Alan Baker
alan.baker@apha.org

Environment Section Awards & Social Hour

This year offers another not-to-miss-opportunity on Monday evening at the APHA Annual Meeting. The Environment Section’s Annual Awards Ceremony will feature a social hour along with the presentation of our Section’s prestigious awards. Other recognitions will be given that evening as well.

In addition to the Distinguished Service Award, presented annually to an outstanding environmental health leader that has assisted our section and the profession, several other honors will be awarded. Environmental health students from across the country will be recognized for their achievements and competition at this evening’s special event.

Student finalists this year are: Melissa Slotnick, Jon Hofmann, Lauren Zajac, Maria Maribelli, Mary Elizabeth O’Meil, Brettania Walker, Jennifer Roberts, Ginger Guidry, Kim Knowlton, and Holly Wethington.

Of note, as we conclude this year’s Calver celebration, the Environment Section’s long-time friend and sponsor, the Foodservice & Packaging Institute, Inc., will be credited for their 35 years of support and dedication to the Calver Award program.

Environment Section Chairperson Nsedu Witherspoon will also be making presentations to other members of the APHA community that evening.

Plan to attend & celebrate your Section’s Achievements !!

Submitted by:
Leon Vinci
Lfv6@aol.com

Environment Section - Progam Session List

If a meeting room is not specified please refer to APHA program booklet. Meeting room assignments are subject to change, therefore refer to APHA program for the most up-to-date information.

Types
O = Oral Session; R = Roundtable; P = Poster; B = Business Meeting; S = Social Hour; WCC = Washington Convention Center
Meeting room
Session #
Topic/title



Sunday, Nov. 7
8:00 - 9:30 a.m.
B
WCC 142
203.0
Environment Section business meeting I

10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
B
WCC 142
283.0
Environment Section business meeting II

2:15 - 5:30 p.m.
FIELD TRIP:

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
New Connections reception


Monday, Nov. 8
6:30 - 8:00 a.m.
B
WCC 142
303.0
Environment Section business meeting III

8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
P
WCC Hall E
3023.0
Environmental public health in action

P
WCC Hall E
3024.0
Environmental Section student poster showcase

P
WCC Hall E
3025.0
Air pollution: From assessment to intervention

P
WCC Hall E
3027.0
Environmental public health: exposures, surveillance & risk assessment

O
WCC 145 A
3026.0
Issues that affect us all - health in the global environment

O
WCC 154 B
3027.1
Human biomonitoring research and usage

P
WCC Hall E
4025.0
Collaborative methodologies for improving infrastructure, planning and bioterrorism preparedness

O
3084.0
Reducing environmental triggers of asthma through policy change: strengthening communities and building linkages

O
3015.0
The relationship between asthma and the environment

O
3031.0
Asthma epidemiology


10:30 - 12:00 p.m.
O
WCC 102 A
3114.0
Emerging metrics and methods in environmental health science

O
WCC 152 A
3116.0
Biomonitoring: community advocacy and policy implications

O
WCC 156
3116.1
Integrity of science: how political agendas impact public health

O
3111.0
Allies against asthma coalitions: improving ways to implement and integrate asthma interventions

O
3141.0
Scientific integrity in regulation

O
3147.0
Environmental health education

O
3131.0
Health impacts of agricultural practices

O
3118.0
Public health in the environment 1

O
3096.0
Environmental health and native communities


12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
O
WCC 207A
3174.1
Environment Section Homer N. Calver Lecture

O
WCC 145 A
3175.0
Built environment institute I: exploring the connections between the built environment and obesity

O
3215.0
Managing mold: results of a collaborative research, clinical and worker training process

O
3234.0
Asthma and school indoor air quality

O
3231.0
Environmental health

O
3184.0
National agenda for the environment and the aging: a case study on air pollution and the broader applications

O
3198.0
Population, health and environment: what's the connection?

O
3180.0
Food and Nutrition Poster I: the obesigenic environment


2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
O
WCC 204 A
3257.0
What do the 2004 elections mean for environmental public health? An interactive discussion

O
WCC 204 B
3258.0
Built environment institute II: community design and health impact: toward the full integration of walking and biking as alternative modes of transportation

O
3275.0
Global environmental change and disease emergence


4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
O
WCC 204 B
3330.0
Core environmental health functions: new approaches

O
WCC 144 B
3331.0
Addressing environmental health disparities in environmental public health tracking

O
WCC 148
3329.1
Health indicators and methods of capacity building: disparities in vulnerable populations

O
WCC 154 B
3332.0
Pollutants and pathogens - issues that affect the world water supply

O
WCC 144 C
3333.0
Built environment institute III: building health back into community - towards the creation of a more sustainable and less toxic built environment, Part 1

O
WCC 155
3333.2
Healthy at home: addressing health disparities among vulnerable populations

O
3328.0
Environmental justice and community-based public health


6:30- 8:00 p.m.
S
WCC 207A
345.0
Environment Section Social Hour



Tuesday, Nov. 9

8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
O
WCC 204 A
4032.0
Science in environmental public health: Healthy air

O
WCC 204 A
4033.0
Using data to strengthen environmental public health

O
WCC 102 A
4034.0
Built environment institute IV: school environments - not just little offices

O
4048.0
Health impacts of urban pollution

O
4049.0
Indoor air pollution: advances in interventions and impact assessment


10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
O
4088.0
Built environment: creating healthy communities

O
4087.0
Environmental health: from the front lines

O
4086.0
Strengthening environmental public health


12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
O
WCC 150 B
4130.0
The obesity epidemic: food policy, community design, toxic chemicals & other environmental contributors

O
WCC 204 A
4131.0
Home interventions to reduce asthma morbidity in children: early findings from HUD's healthy homes initiative

O
WCC 204 B
4132.0
The learning and developmental disabilities initiative: new research, educational and policy efforts to prevent exposures to neurotoxicants

O
WCC 147 A
4128.1
Built environment institute V: transportation, the built environment, and public health

O
4120.0
Approaching asthma through multiple venues

O
4169.0
Launching your career in public health

O
4133.0
Bioterrorism and epidemiology: questions, methods and outcomes 1

O
4135.0
Public health in the environment 2


2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
R
WCC 202 B
4195.1
Built environment institute VI: discussions on direct and indirect influences of a school's built environment on health and physical activity

O
WCC 150 B
4196.0
Healing the hospital environment: purchasing food & less toxic products for healthier patients and communities

O
WCC 144 A
4197.0
Community-based advocacy to reduce environmental asthma triggers

O
WCC 145 A
4198.0
Emerging linkages between environmental exposure and chronic illness in children

O
4239.0
PHN's and environmental health professionals: a new collaboration

O
4215.0
The environmental and health effects of war in the new millennium

O
4199.0
Bioterrorism and epidemiology: questions, methods and outcomes 2


4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
O
WCC 144 B
4262.0
Hidden dangers: disparities in exposure to foodborne illnesses

O
WCC 204 A
4263.0
Perception and communication of risk

O
WCC 204 B
4264.0
Chemical management, regulation and policy reform

O
WCC 150 B
4265.0
PDBE flame retardants: case study in public health protection

O
WCC 152 A
4266.0
The vicious spiral: population growth, nutritional needs and environmental degradation

R
WCC 202 B
4266.1
Built environment institute VII: building health back into community - toward the creation of a more sustainable and healthful, less toxic built environment, Part II

O
4272.0
School environment: changing food and physical activity choices

P
WCC Hall E
4267.0
Public health and the environment: poster session 1


6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
B
WCC 142
436.0
Environment Section Business Meeting IV



Wednesday, Nov. 10

8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
P
WCC Hall E
5029.0
Environmental contaminants and assessment of exposure

P
WCC Hall E
5025.0
Traditional and emerging environmental issues in the community

P
WCC Hall E
5026.0
Disparities in vulnerable populations: responses in home, school, and community settings

P
WCC Hall E
5028.0
Built environment institute IX: built environment and weather influences on environmental public health

P
WCC Hall E
5024.0
Built environment institute VIII: multiple perspectives on designing healthy futures

P
WCC Hall E
5030.1
Built environment institute X: housing quality and environmental justice issues in the built environment

P
WCC Hall E
5030.0
Environmental injustices: highlights of community efforts to reduce health disparities

O
WCC 152 A
5027.0
Strengthening the infrastructure: environmental public health

O
5076.0
Best Choice

O
5078.0
Student Session: public health and the environment

O
5041.0
Health implications of environmental concerns in public health


10:30 - 12:00 p.m.
O
5085.0
Environmental health and vulnerable populations

O
5083.0
Environmental health in an era of increasing globalization

O
5084.0
Environmental Health: political, economic and legal issues


12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
O
WCC 147 B
5100.0
Preventing catastrophes: an agenda for the 21st century

O
WCC 147 A
5101.0
Community involvement for children's health

O
WCC 141
5102.0
Environmental public health tracking

O
WCC 147 A
5157.1
Environmental health and the media

O
5129.0
Integrating occupational and environmental health

O
5138.0
Asthma issues


2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
O
WCC 141
5156.0
Public health impacts of US energy use and reasonable solutions

O
WCC 101
5157.0
Overcoming environmental health disparities in initiatives to reduce air toxics

O
5194.0
Successes of integrating environmental health across disciplines in K-12 education

O
5161.0
Using community-based research to improve the nutrition and physical activity environment


Submitted by Program Co-chairs:
Robin Lee
ATSDR/DHS/HIB
1600 Clifton Road MS E-31
Atlanta, GA 30329
Phone: (404) 498-0605
E-mail: RPL5@cdc.gov

&

Robyn Gilden
University of Maryland School of Nursing
Environmental Health Education Center
655 West Lombard St. Room 665
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Phone: (410) 706-4803
E-mail: rgilden@son.umaryland.edu