Environment
Section Newsletter
Fall 2010

Trade and Health Forum Activities

Trade and Health Forum Activities at the Denver Annual Meeting

Environment Section members are invited to attend the activities of the Trade and Health Forum this year in Denver.   The Forum was established in 2005 to bring together members from various sections who were concerned about the effect that trade and trade policy have on public health.

Trade and trade policy have broad ramifications for environmental health, including pollution and chemical exposures due to the expansion and restructuring of agricultural and industrial production, water privatization and distribution, trade in dangerous products or waste, and limitations on governments’ ability  to set protective regulations as a condition of many bilateral and multi-lateral trade agreements. 

Join us to learn about these issues and more in Denver:

·         Business Meeting, Sunday, Nov. 7, at 2:30 p.m.;

 

·         Our full program can be viewed at: http://apha.confex.com/apha/138am/webprogram/WGTH.html

 

·         Wednesday, Nov. 10, at 10:30 a.m., the Forum will be putting on one of nine conference “Special Sessions.”  Five speakers, including one from the Environment Section, will present on “Trading Health? Envisioning Health Justice in a Globalized Economy” (Session 5093.0)

 

Anyone interested in participating in the Trade and Health Forum can contact me for information at susanna_bohme@ijoeh.com

The Student Involvement Committee

  The Student Involvement Committee (SIC) is looking forward to an excellent set of poster and oral presentations at the APHA Annual Meeting in Denver this November! The finalists in the Student Poster Award session will present on Monday morning, Nov. 8 (10:15-12:30 commitment). At present, we have a set of five judges including Dr. Derek Shendell and Jyostna Jagai working before, during (review) and after (scoring) the session, including three Student Scholarship recipients (presenting in other sessions). There are 10 finalists confirmed attending; one wait-list finalist has been accepted into another oral session co-sponsored with other sections. We again thank the various senior Section members who served as peer-reviewers of the dozens of abstracts submitted from students of public health, urban planning, environmental science and policy from throughout the United States and even from a few European nations. Please note four of the 10 finalists revised their abstracts by June (now available online) based on new research data and/or co-authors since February submission. Furthermore, we thank section members who made efforts to solicit donations from U.S. schools of public health for the funds supporting scholarships for students to help defray costs of attending the Annual Meeting. Many students applied for scholarships this year; applications were reviewed and about 3-in-4 (33 overall, and about half are from underrepresented racial/ethnic minority groups) were provided travel-related support based on documented need, thanks to a generous grant from the Kresge Foundation. Many of the recipients are already volunteering their time to support Environment Section committee work, including the Topic Committee on Climate Change and Global Health (n=4 students as of this writing); the Student Involvement Committee (n=5 in total); Program Planning (n=1); etc. We hope all of them will contribute to the Section. Please make new student members feel welcome and encourage them to get involved when you meet them in Denver at any of our sessions, at one of our morning business meetings, or at the social hour on Monday night, Nov. 8! Finally, Environment Section committee leaders, please e-mail Dr. Derek Shendell and Rebecca Tave Gluskin (SIC co-chairs) with names of students now working with your team.

The Membership Committee

New Member Orientation: Sunday, Nov. 7, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.

We would love to meet you and find out what you are interested in! Environment Section members will discuss ongoing interests and activities, including plans for next year’s 100th Anniversary Celebration. This session will include small group conversations to introduce new members to the Section and provide mentoring. We hope to meet you there! For more information, contact Barbara Glenn at glenn.barbara1@gmail.com.

 

2010-2011 Buddy Program

Not sure what the Environment Section is all about or how you might get involved? Meeting a Section liaison could help you learn about opportunities organized by our section and by other Association bodies and enhance your experience at the Annual Meeting. Join our Buddy Program and get your questions answered. Volunteers from the Section will meet with you during the Annual Meeting to help you navigate the often very confusing meeting program, identify interesting scientific sessions and events, and make sure you are invited to our social events. If you are interested, contact Barbara Glenn at glenn.barbara1@gmail.com.

 

Don’t forget to find the Environment Section booth in the new APHA Section area near Everything APHA!

The Food and Environment Working Group

Denver Food System Tour: SATURDAY, Nov. 6
From thriving urban gardens to innovative community food projects, Denver has a lot to share with those interested in a just, healthy and sustainable food system. Join us on a visit to some of the fascinating projects going on in Denver. We’ll have lunch at a Denver public school working with Denver SlowFood to improve school lunch; visit Delaney Farm, a project of Denver Urban Gardens; and tour GrowHaus, an indoor farm, marketplace and educational center.


Not only will you be inspired by what you see, but the tour is a great opportunity to network and get to know diverse colleagues interested in food systems and public health, as well as a chance for those new to APHA to come into the conference with some connections already made!

Please note the tour will be on SATURDAY, so make sure your travel plans get you to Denver by Saturday morning.  


Nov. 6, 11:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Departing from and returning to the convention center
$35, lunch included  
Please RSVP to apha.fewg@gmail.com, include “Tour” in the subject line. Space is limited. If the cost is prohibitive, please email Rebecca Klein, rklein@jhsph.edu

5th Annual Networking Reception, TUESDAY, Nov. 9

Join like-minded colleagues for an evening of delicious, local, sustainable food and inspiring dialogue. The reception will be walking distance to the convention center, and will feature free hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar of local beer and wine.


Nov. 9, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Walking distance from the convention center, location TBD
Please RSVP to apha.fewg@gmail.com, include “Reception” in the subject line.
 
Questions? Please e-mail Becca Klein: rklein@jhsph.edu

The Climate Change Committee

The Environment Section’s Climate Change and Health Topic Committee is working on several ideas to further disseminate information on climate change and health, as well as looking forward to our full session on Indicators of Climate Vulnerability and Community Resilience (Wednesday, Nov. 10 at 10:30 a.m.) at the APHA Annual Meeting.  On the news front, an informal committee subgroup has formed to discuss ways that public health professionals and meteorologists might partner to get teams into K-12 schools to educate students on the linkages between health and climate change.  There is also a subgroup to survey resources on climate change adaptation.  Committee comments on the proposed structure and process of U.S. Global Change Research Program’s “U.S. National Climate Assessment Objectives, Proposed Topics, and Next Steps,” were compiled via the APHA staff and sent in to USGCRP. Our Committee is hoping to locate a venue related to climate change in Denver, where we can plan an evening gathering and some quiet conversation after the excitement of the meeting, so stay tuned for location postings. 

 

 

The Built Environment

APHA BUILT ENVIRONMENT Tour

Tour of Globeville, Five Points and Stapleton

Globeville housed the stockyards and mine smelters for Denver in the early 20th century, with many of the workers living in Five Points, Denver’s historic African-American neighborhood.  This tour visits these communities, and discusses how they are attempting to transform in spite of environmental hazards, being a food desert, a lack of infrastructure and overall neglect.  The tour will be facilitated by Daniel Scheppers from the state department of health, who led the state’s effort in addressing the Globeville environmental remediation.

The tour will end at the Stapleton Redevelopment Site, a neighborhood located at the former airport designed following smart growth principles.

Sunday, Nov. 7

2-5 p.m.

Meet Tour Bus at Convention Center at 2 pm

Facilitated Discussion on Smart Growth and Social Justice
Stapleton Community Center

 

Do Smart Growth concepts promote social harmony or divide communities?  Did the redevelopment of Stapleton Airport enhance the neighboring communities or separate neighborhoods.  Come participate in the discussion on Smart Growth’s impact and Social Justice following the tour of Globeville.

 


Panelists:

Councilman Michael Hancock, Denver District 11

Councilman Doug Linkhart, Denver Councilman at Large

Daniel Scheppers, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

Prof. Sacoby Wilson, University of South Carolina


FREE Environmental Justice and Health Forum

 

Host:  Environment Section of APHA


Location:  Colorado Convention Center
Rm. 402
700 14th Street
Denver, CO 80202


When:  Saturday, Nov. 6, 4:00-7:30 p.m.


*FREE Environmental Justice and Health Forum*           

Please join us as community-based organizations from across the country come together to discuss their local Environmental Justice (EJ) and Health Issues.

Overview of the meeting will include:

* Introduction
* Roundtable discussion
* Federal Panel on Environmental Justice Programs
* Conversation on National Coalition Building and EJ Policy
* Next Steps
* Dinner Buffet/Networking

Forum Objectives:

1.   Learn about environmental justice and health issues that impact communities across the United States.

2.   Share experiences addressing local environmental justice and health issues.

3.  Discuss challenges, lessons learned, and best practices to address environmental injustice and health issues.

4.  Discuss ways that community-based organizations can collaborate/network to address environmental justice and health issues, impact local, regional and national environmental health policy, and hold federal agencies accountable in their efforts to integrate environmental justice.

5.  Learn about federal initiatives to address environmental injustice and related health issues.

Send your RSVP to:

Dr. Simone Charles - scharles@georgiasouthern.edu
AJ Cuevas - azitakj@gmail.com

Environmental Justice and Health Forum

 
On Nov. 6 from 4-7:30 p.m. at the Colorado Convention Center, the APHA Environment Section is hosting an Environmental Justice and Health Forum.  Environmental justice leaders, members of community-based organizations, policy-makers, academics, students and other stakeholders will discuss environmental justice and health issues.  Participants will discuss environmental justice issues, strategies to address these issues, best practices, lessons learned, federal environmental justice initiatives, and environmental justice policy.
 
Please join us for this free event and network with other stakeholders interested in addressing national and global environmental justice and health issues.  A dinner buffet will be served immediately after the event concludes. 
 
Please RSVP Dr. Simone Charles (scharles@georgiasouthern.edu) or AJ Madrid (aztakj@gmail.com), APHA Environment Section EJ Committee co-chairs, if you plan to attend.  

APHA Meeting in Denver

From Nov. 6-10, 2010, join us in Denver for the  APHA 138th Annual Meeting and Exposition. More than 1,000 cutting edge scientific sessions will be presented by public health researchers, academicians, policy-makers and practitioners on the most current public health issues facing the nation today. For more information about the Annual Meeting, visit www.apha.org/meetings.  

Our section will have a strong presence at the meeting. View the sessions sponsored by our section by visiting the interactive Online Program. Search the program using keyword, author name or date. Don’t forget to stop by our new booth in the Section and SPIG pavilion (booth 1370)  in the Public Health Expo next to Everything APHA

APHA Environmental Public Health Staff Update

Wow - the summer is gone, and we’re already gearing up for the Annual Meeting in Denver!  It’s been a busy summer here, and we’re planning on an even busier fall. In the meantime we want to share some of our recent accomplishments with the Section.

Climate Change – We experienced an amazing turnout for our webinar series “Climate Change: Mastering the Public Health Role,” which wrapped up in June. Archived webinars are available on APHA’s newly re-launched EPH website www.apha-environment.org. Look for an announcement this fall about a second climate change webinar series. Our legislative staff has worked hard to secure increased public health climate change funding. Thanks to everyone for supporting their efforts and responding to APHA Action Alerts!

Food Policy – We continue to educate policy-makers about the need for public health-based food safety legislation. APHA is a member of the Make Our Food Safe Coalition, which has been instrumental in pushing for new food safety legislation. Separately, we are also beginning to work with members and partners to identify public health priorities related to farm and agriculture policy.

Chemical Exposures – We supported development of the National Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposures Community Conversations Toolkit. More than 1,000 people from 25 states participated in these conversations. Interested members will have an opportunity to comment on draft workgroup reports in September and on the draft Action Agenda in December. 

EPH in the Press – Our new environmental health website was recently featured on Medscape! Our work to collect stories from the field was also highlighted in the September issue of The Nation’s Health. Please check them out if you haven’t already.

We’re expecting to be busy through the year and look forward to continuing to work with the section.

See you in Denver!

EPH Staff