Environment
Section Newsletter
Fall 2011

Weatherization Plus Health

Every year, the U.S. Department of Energy’s low-income Weatherization Assistance Program provides energy efficiency improvements to more than 100,000 low-income homes, reducing average energy costs by almost one-quarter, making housing more affordable, lowering greenhouse gas emissions and ensuring health and safety. Weatherization Plus Health is DOE’s new initiative to comprehensively address asthma, childhood lead poisoning and other housing-related health threats in these homes by facilitating strong, effective partnerships between Healthy Homes and Weatherization providers . Implemented by the National Association of State Community Services Programs, Weatherization Plus Health is convening regional conferences to bring together public health, healthy homes, weatherization, housing, community action agencies, and other stakeholders to network, learn about best practices and model programs, hear from federal and national funders, and participate in facilitated sessions to create new partnerships.

 

Join Weatherization Plus Health at a regional conference in your area:

 

Atlanta, September 13-15, 2011

Columbus, Ohio, October 4-6, 2011
Kansas City, MO, October 18-20, 2011

San Diego, November 16-18, 2011

Travel stipends are available. Visit www.nascsp.org for more information.

Student Involvement Committee

The APHA Environment Section’s Student Involvement Committee has had a busy spring-summer of activity! Led by the partnership of a professional/faculty ENV Section member and a student member (and, this year, a 2010 scholarship recipient and Student Poster Award First Prize Winner), we have maintained several efforts. First, we have conducted outreach with student members, current and new, and encouraged student applicants nationwide for our annual student travel scholarships. Second, we worked with ENV Section Program Planning Committee leadership regarding the abstracts submitted (back in February) for the Student Poster Award Session at the Annual Meeting.

In 2011, of nearly 20 applicants/inquiries, we have awarded 13 registration/travel scholarships, with 12 confirmed acceptances (plus early registration and membership renewal completed by mid-August). At a minimum, each student had their registration and membership renewal covered, ensuring they
were also members of the ENV Section (if they added other sections, then it was at their own expense). Also, in 2011, there will be 8-9 (not 10, due to some late withdraws) posters to be judged at the Annual Meeting by SIC co-chairs and former student scholarship recipients. The schools represented in 2011 include
multiple accredited schools of public health as well as accredited MPH programs and environmental science programs in the United States. These 12 students live across the nation, e.g., in Baltimore/Washington, D.C., California, Florida Massachusetts, New York, Ohio, Oregon and Washington state. Please make an
effort to meet and interact with the students at ENV Section business meetings, social hours, the Expo booth and sessions. Former recipients (2009-2010) are now becoming active members of our Section, and have, for example, taken leadership positions in committees like Climate Change, Environmental Justice
and the SIC. The SIC co-chairs will attempt to have a meeting of students at the Annual Meeting — stay tuned!

Public Health and Chemical Exposures

Public Health and Chemical Exposures in the 21st Century: Moving from Conversation to Action

As we celebrate the APHA Environment Section’s 100th anniversary, marking a century of progress in environmental public health, we are also presented with opportunities to further advance the field. Released in June, Addressing Public Health and Chemical Exposures: An Action Agenda, the product of the two-year National Conversation process, puts forward recommendations to help strengthen cross-sector efforts to protect the public from harmful chemical exposures. Many APHA members dedicated their time and expertise to the Conversation and helped develop the Action Agenda. The Action Agenda includes 48 specific recommendations that fall under seven key chemical exposure issue
areas: prevention, monitoring, science, communities, public engagement, health professionals, and emergencies.

On Saturday, Oct. 29, from 2-4 p.m. in the Renaissance Hotel, Meeting Room 3, APHA will host an implementation strategy session to review recommendations and determine steps we can take, individually and collectively, to move from conversation to action. This interactive event will feature opening remarks by Dr. Christopher Portier, director of NCEH/ATSDR, and Nsedu Witherspoon,
executive director of the Children’s Environmental Health Network, followed by engaging small group discussions to brainstorm and prioritize actions.

For a complete session description, see http://apha.confex.com/apha/139am/webprogram/
Session33077.html. For more information on the Action Agenda, visit www.nationalconversation.us.
Please RSVP for the session to nationalconversation@cdc.gov.

Postdoc at EPA

The Environmental Public Health Division at EPA, located on the University of North Carolina campus in Chapel Hill, is seeking a postdoctoral student with good quantitative and data analysis skills for a full-time appointment for one year; it may be renewed for up to one additional year subject to the availability of funds.  

The research will utilize publicly available databases to investigate the human health effects of air and water pollutants and other environmental exposures. Research projects will use a variety of statistical tools including regression and time-series models to characterize exposure-response associations between environmental exposures and health effects. Other approaches may include geospatial analyses to characterize exposure effect relationships and mathematical modeling of infectious diseases and environmental exposures. The selected individual will by mentored by Epidemiology Branch investigators to identify appropriate research areas and to access databases.

Major activities could include: 1) developing hypotheses and defining study questions; 2) developing exposure and effect metrics and indicators of environmentally-associated health effects; 3) cleaning and preparing large data sets for analysis; 4) conducting data analyses, documenting statistical code and interpretation of results; 5) conducting and documenting quality assurance and review of data analysis and databases; 6) authoring leading manuscripts; 7) preparing reports, presentations, graphics and summaries of the data.

Link to announcement and application process:
http://orise.orau.gov/epa/description.aspx?JobId=2341

Greening Initiative

Less Trash! Less Plastic!

Help meet the Diversion Rate goal of 75 percent at APHA 2011.   The Diversion Rate (the recycling/trash ratio) in D.C. at APHA 2007 was 34 percent . The Diversion Rate in Denver at APHA 2010 was 52.75 percent
 
Less Plastic!
  • Bring a refillable bottle or buy one at the Food and Water Watch exhibit.
  • Bring your own bag or get one at “Everything APHA” at the APHA Expo. ( DC stores charge a $.05 fee on single use bags .)
  • Talk about how to reduce paper, plastic and waste at your section meetings and events.
  • Share resources about the social justice, public health and environmental problems caused by water privatization and disposable plastic water bottles.
  • Take leadership for Healthy Communities. Work to safeguard water infrastructure in your communities and organizations. Use resources: Take Back the Tap Campaign and Think Outside the Bottle Campaign.

Less Paper!
  • Work for paper-free meetings.  Share examples of paper-free meeting strategies on the APHA Environment Section and APHA Food and Environment Facebook pages. 
  • Register for APHA 2011 online.
  • Avoid printed programs and flyers. Use Facebook and other social media to promote events and program information.
  • Use electronic info-boards for program and event information.
  • Access abstracts and programs online.
  • Post events, presentations and posters online.

Eat Well
Use the 
www.eatwellguide.org to choose D.C. restaurants and food suppliers that promote healthful eating and sustainable agriculture. 
 
Learn more at APHA Green Initiatives:
http://www.apha.org/meetings/highlights/environment.htm

Food and Environment Working Group

Save the Date for the APHA Food and Environment Working Group DC Food System Tour and Networking Reception!

D.C. Food System Tour: Saturday Oct 29, .2011, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • On the D.C. Food System Tour, we will make several stops, including a local urban farm, the Farm at Walker Jones (http://wjfarm.wordpress.com/). The Farm at Walker Jones is a emerging urban farm that serves the great kids, families and neighbors of Walker Jones Education Campus, a D.C. Public School. We will learn about these programs, check out compost piles, and learn about urban bee keeping.  On another stop, we will learn from D.C.-based policy experts about local food systems policy at the federal level; advocacy, and grassroots involvement; and the latest on Farm Bill reauthorization.
  • Tickets will go on sale later this month for the tour, so stay tuned. Announcements will be posted via The APHA Food and Environment Working Group's listserv and on https://www.facebook.com/APHA.food.and.environment
APHA Food and Environment Working Group Networking Reception: Tuesday, Nov 1, .2011, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • To RSVP for the reception, please email apha.fewg@gmail.com and include "2011 Reception" in the subject line.

Environmental Justice

Seldom Recognized Environmental Justice Forefather – A Social Media Dialogue

When you think of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Among many great things, he was a son, a father, a husband, a member of Alpha Pi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, a civil rights activist. He is also considered, by many, to be the grandfather of the environmental justice movement in the United States of America. Dr. King was dedicated to equality and nonviolence that shaped the social justice backdrop of the United State during the height of the civil rights movement.

In 1968, Dr. King went on a mission to Memphis to help striking garbage workers to obtain
environmental and economic justice. These workers were fighting for better pay and better
working conditions. This work of Dr. King was one of the sparks for the contemporary
environmental justice movement that has become a public health justice movement for
underserved and socially and economically disadvantaged communities and populations. Dr.
King’s work in the civil rights movement, his fight for social and economic justice, and demands
for equal rights for everyone provided a strong foundation and blueprint for positive social
change for the environmental justice movement of the 21st Century.

The importance of EJ to all aspects of life was recognized, expanded and formalized at
the federal level with the signing of the “Memorandum of Understanding on Environmental
Justice and Executive Order 12898" in August 2011. As quoted by EPA Administrator Lisa
P. Jackson, "All too often, low-income, minority and Native Americans live in the shadows of
our society's worst pollution, facing disproportionate health impacts and greater obstacles to
economic growth in communities that can't attract businesses and new jobs. Expanding the
conversation on environmentalism and working for environmental justice are some of my top
priorities for the work of the EPA, and we're glad to have President Obama's leadership and the
help of our federal partners in this important effort. Every agency has a unique and important
role to play in ensuring that all communities receive the health and environmental protections
they deserve. Our broad collaboration will mean real progress for overburdened communities"
(See citation below). “The Memorandum of Understanding helps integrate environmental justice
into the missions of Federal agencies, demonstrating our commitment to ensuring America truly
is a country of equal opportunity for all" quoted White House Council on Environmental Quality
Chair Nancy Sutley. These statements exemplify the spirit of Dr. King’s vision.

On August 28, 2011, a dedication ceremony was to take place in Washington, D.C., at
the newly erected monument in honor of Dr. King. The dedication had been planned as
a culmination of events on the 48th anniversary of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream…" speech.
However, Hurricane Irene swept through Washington, forcing a postponement. The
Environmental Justice Committee of the APHA Environmental Section was not dissuaded and continued its commemorative online guided
conversation that began the week of August 22 via Facebook and Twitter. The conversation
was focused on the impact of MLK on the contemporary environmental justice movement
and the lessons can we use from his leadership to advance an environmental justice agenda
for public health, social change, equal opportunity, and community empowerment in the 21st
Century.
The discussion opened with a survey of the online responders goers about how might
the King monument help raise awareness about environmental justice and the intersection of
civil rights with environmental justice. Many responses revolved around creating new programs
and initiatives inspired by honoring Dr. King’s lifetime EJ efforts. Facebook users shared powerful thought descriptions like, “the EJ movement is a grassroots movement--many activists
today marched during the height of the civil rights movement and others were teens and kids
watching their parents, family members, and neighbors put their lives on the line for them and
the next generation.” Other comments included “the fight for environmental justice is at its core
an outgrowth of the civil rights movement” and “I think [Dr.] King would be proud to see the
grassroots organizers fighting for environmental justice, proud to see them fighting for their
health, their communities, and access to positive economic opportunities.” This response took
many of us back to remembering that our parents and family members took part in many of the
movements that were geared to protect us.

We asked cyber participants, “what do you think Dr. King would say about the lack of good
housing stock in many urban communities, poor mass transit and transportation infrastructure,
inequities in zoning and planning, and lack of safe potable water supplies for many underserved
and poor residents?” sparked insightful responses including that of one responder that
stated “I can't help to think that he would be a little disillusioned as to the progress of the EJ
movement…seeing the changes are sometimes a slow gradual process.” Other responders
stated, “I think he would get right back into step and begin to organize!” and “We learn that
addressing injustices requires collaborative involvement”.

When asked about Dr. King’s perspective of health disparities in the US today, responders felt
that “he would say it takes a community of like-minded individuals to combat health disparities.
More people need to get involved and realize that health disparities are real and affect all [of] us
in subtle and harsh ways” and that we need to “keep working toward the goals of equality and
fairness...and good health for all”.

In closing, one FB member posted this inspiring comment: “we learn that injustices anywhere,
whether environmental or civil, threaten justice everywhere…and push for change!” I don’t
believe the focus of the MLK monument and the work of Dr. King could be expressed any
better.

***Please note that the commemorative discussion hasn’t ended! It has been finally
confirmed that the make up date will be Sunday, Oct. 16. Please feel free to continue
to add to the conversation.

Login information:
Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/groups/116693708428263/)
Twitter (http://twitter.com/#!/EJusticeAPHA).

You can also search for the EJ Pages on both media sites using the following email address:
aphaejcommittee@gmail.com.

If you have any questions or have any trouble logging into the conversation, please email
us (AJ Cuevas or Simone Charles) at aphaejcommittee@gmail.com. Please use the subject
heading “MLK & EJ Conversation”.

Memorandum of Understanding on Environmental Justice and Executive Order 12898: http://
epa.gov/environmentaljustice/resources/publications/interagency/ej-mou-2011-08.pdf

Designing Healthy Communities

Designing Health Communities  is the companion book for the upcoming PBS broadcast that describes how the design of the built environment impacts our health, with an additional emphasis on the inequities of social and environmental justice. Dr. Richard Jackson explores how the built environment has contributed to the fact that two-thirds of Americans are overweight, 70 million are obese and many suffer from an array of other chronic but preventable diseases. The book and series looks upstream at the root causes of our malaise, and highlight actionable best practices based on real people with real solutions. See also Evaluating Public and Community Health Programs and Healthy and Safe Homes: Research, Practice, and Policy

Co-published with Jossey-Bass, this book is available for order now, but will ship October, 2011. Look for a book signing with Dr. Jackson at the APHA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Communications Committee

There are now more ways to stay in touch and post messages:

  1. Would you like to receive the APHA Environment Section Weekly Updates? Just send a blank e-mail to environment_section_apha-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
  2. Environment Section Facebook Group
  3. Environment Section LinkedIn Group
  4. Twitter: @aphaenvironment
Interested working on Environment Section Communications?  Contact Rebecca Tave Gluskin at rtg230@nyu.edu

Climate Change Threatens Health

The National Resources Defense Council recently launched a new web tool, “Climate Change Threatens Health.” You can see their web pages at: www.nrdc.org/climatemaps The web pages bring the implications of climate change down to the local level. Using cutting edge mapping technology, users can zoom in on the climate-related threats facing communities in every state, and learn about what’s needed to protect their families and reduce climate change. The site is really about connecting the dots between climate change and local health impacts, and the need for public health preparedness plans. The Home Page also includes a link to a one-minute video that puts a human face on these issues. The web pages will hopefully stimulate discussions about locally-relevant climate-health research, vulnerability mapping, and the need for more preparedness planning and implementation, as well as reducing carbon pollution

Climate Change and Health Podcast

Climate change is not just a problem for rivers and reservoirs that are running dry, or forests and grasslands that are seeing an increased incidence of wildfire, or Arctic wildlife stressed by rapidly changing ecosystems. It’s a problem for human health, too, as John Balbus discusses with host Ashley Ahearn. It can be tricky to attribute specific health effects to climate change, which reflects trends in the weather averaged over decades. But short-term weather fluctuations are known to alter the risk of several diseases. As short-term fluctuations become long-term patterns, health effects also may adopt new patterns.
EHP Podcast here

Announcements From APHA

PHACT: Call for Federal Public Health Funds at Work in Your State

In addition to attending town hall meetings this year, APHA would like for you to share a story about why public health funding is important in your community or state. Preferably, the funding would come from one of these three sources: 

1.  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

2.  Health Resources and Services Administration

3.  Prevention and Public Health Fund

             Examples can provide:

 

·    An approximate estimate of the amount of the funding received

·    Location of the program (city, state)

·    A summary of the program/intervention (PH issue and intervention being used)

·    Any examples of positive outcomes to date

Make all submission to http://www.apha.org/advocacy/tips/stories.htm or email us at phact@apha.org.

Thanks for taking action to protect public health!


Check out APHA’s Advocacy Track at this year’s Annual Meeting
APHA will host a one-day advocacy track of sessions during the 2011 Annual Meeting in D.C. on Monday, Oct. 31, 2011, and all APHA members are encouraged to attend to hone their public health advocacy skills. For more detailed information regarding the particular sessions, refer to the 2011 online program (http://apha.confex.com/apha/139am/webprogram/start.html ) and enter the session number to see the list of planned speakers and topics to be covered. Attendees will be eligible for CE credit.

Ø  “Nailing your policy: Creating APHA’s policy buddy system,” Session 3007.0, 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m.

Ø  “Media Advocacy: Breaking through the crowded news cycle,” Session 3119.0, 10:30 a.m.

Ø  “The Who, What & How of Advocacy,” Session 3216.0, 12:30-2 p.m.

Ø  “Mobilizing a public health campaign,” Session 3318.0, 2:30-4 p.m.

Ø  “The Role of Social Media in Public Health,” Session 3417.0, 4:30 p.m.


APHA Member Discount
APHA is pleased to announce a new collaboration with Drexel University Online. Under this program, APHA members and their families are eligible for special tuition discounts of up to 25 percent when they enroll in any of Drexel’s online courses.  Drexel University Online offers a wide range of courses in a flexible online format, including CEPH-accredited programs in biostatistics and epidemiology. Please see the APHA partnership page for more details (http://www.drexel.com/APHA ).

Any agreement entered into between Drexel University Online and an APHA member, employee or family member, is with Drexel University Online and not with APHA.  APHA does not endorse any products or services displayed or referred to in conjunction with this partnership and is not responsible for the actual content of Drexel University Online programs.


Let APHA host your public health career day at the Annual Meeting.

Employers, this is your opportunity to meet thousands of public health professionals and qualified candidates for hire. Job seekers, here is your chance to market your resume, meet recruiters and sign up for a professional career coaching session, either an individual or group session. Advance your public health career and find new prospects with APHA’s Public Health CareerMart. Find out more  http://www.apha.org/about/careers/am_careers2011.htm.


APHA’s Public Health Buyer’s Guide links users to industry products
http://publichealthbuyersguide.com  is designed specifically for public health professionals, allowing easy search of vendors from a link on the APHA website’s home page, www.apha.org. Within the Public Health Buyer's Guide, public health professionals will be able to easily locate products and services unique to our industry without the clutter of general Internet search engine results.


Public Health and Equity Principles for Transportation

APHA has recently released a list of 10 Public Health and Equity Principles for Transportation (http://www.apha.org/advocacy/priorities/issues/transportation/transport_principles.htm ). These policies recognize the various impacts that transportation policies can have on public health — they can lead to an increased risk of heart disease, asthma, obesity and mental health disorders — especially on vulnerable populations, including the elderly, the poor and individuals with disabilities. We believe that if transportation policies are reviewed and evaluated with these principles in mind, we will be better able to ensure that health and equity are well-represented. By holding transportation policies to a stated set of standards, we can encourage a transportation system that supports health, and direct funds to programs that improve health, equity and well-being. It is essential that other organizations — at the national, state and local level — demonstrate their support for these principles by joining us as signatories. Please sign on here (http://www.apha.org/advocacy/priorities/issues/transportation/form_principles.htm ) to show your organization’s support for these essential principles.


APHA Annual Meeting

From Oct. 29 – Nov. 2, 2011, join us in Washington, D.C. for the APHA 139th Annual Meeting and Exposition. Our section will have a strong presence at the meeting. View the sessions sponsored by our section by visiting the interactive Online Program (http://apha.confex.com/apha/139am/webprogram/start.html ). Search the program using keyword, author name or date. Don’t forget to stop by our new Section and SPIG Pavilion (Booth 3073) in the Public Health Expo next to Everything APHA. For more information about the Annual Meeting, visit www.apha.org/meetings/AnnualMeeting.


Win a free Annual Meeting registration!
Forward the contact information for new companies or organizations that you would like to see included as exhibitors at the Annual Meeting to Priya Bose, Meetings and Exhibits Coordinator, at priya.bose@apha.org. Anyone submitting a qualified lead for potential new exhibitors will be entered into a drawing for a free full registration. Get to know our exhibitors before the meeting on our Virtual Expo (http://www.expocadweb.com/11apha/ec/forms/attendee/indexTab.aspx )!

 

 

2011 APHA Mid-Year Meeting Report

Health Care Reform (the Affordable Care Act) & its Implementation

Report on the 2011 Midyear Meeting (June 23-25, 2011, in Chicago)



APHA's first Mid-Year Meeting focused on health care reform that is being implemented under the Affordable Care Act. For more information on the Meeting’s program and the sessions, please visit: http://www.apha.org/Midyear/Schedule/

 The Midyear Meeting’s theme of public health’s role in implementing health care reform was presented in topics that ranged from how to communicate on public health to exploring the partnerships that public health may pursue. One major “takeaway” was the buzz about the proposed integration of primary care & public health. This federally focused integration is directed toward services, not agencies, so that the emphasis is on how medical care organizations and public health agencies can collaborate programs to realize better health outcomes. As the concluding overview, found at http://www.apha.org/about/news/pressreleases/2011/midyear+meeting+concludes.htm states, public health agency budgets and staffing have been greatly reduced in past years and yet, public health should play a critical role in implementing health care reform.

How does environmental public health integrate into the new framework of health care reform with its expanded primary health care provision? Environmental health  or EH, a core public health area, provides necessary services via local, state and federal public heath agencies. Connections between individual medical care treatment and EH can now be expanded to promote prevention and early mitigation.  For example, foodborne illness can and is prevented by EH programs, yet occurring cases often go undetected. Closer connections among medical care and EH professionals can serve to eliminate or reduce such incidences. The prevention of exposures to toxic substances and/or the mitigation of exposure effects are other areas that warrant close communication and consultation between the two sets of professionals. In addition, environmental public health professionals, in partnership with those from medical care, can craft, promote and implement critical local, state and national policies to protect the health of all.

2011 APHA Environment Section Program

Please join the Environment Section in celebrating our 100th Anniversary at the 2011 APHA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.  This year’s theme, “Healthy Communities Promote Healthy Minds and Bodies,” provides a wonderful opportunity for the Environment Section to highlight the latest in environmental public health research and programs through 28 oral scientific sessions and seven poster sessions.  Additionally, the Environment Section has several special events and activities planned to celebrate the 100th anniversary, including a special 100th anniversary social on Monday night. 

You can access the full program – including cosponsored sessions – online at http://apha.confex.com/apha/139am/webprogram/ENV.html.  All activities organized by the Environment Section will take place at the Renaissance Washington, D.C. Specific room locations will be announced at a later date. 

We encourage you to ‘Go Green!’ and use the APHA online Personal Scheduler to plan you APHA experience.  The personal scheduler will enable registrants to view the program, select specific sessions and presentations and create a personal itinerary. Your itinerary can be accessed from any computer with an Internet connection to change, update and add information at any time or download the personal scheduler to your PDA for immediate access.  The personal scheduler can be found at: http://apha.confex.com/apha/139am/schedule/index.cgi. 

Additionally, this year the Environment Section’s program planning committee will provide only a limited number of paper handouts.  In the past we have felt that this was a key marketing tool.  However, with the rapid evolution of PDAs and i-Phone scheduling apps we feel this is no longer the case.  Please consider importing your APHA schedule into your personal electronic device and convince your APHA colleagues to do the same.            

Look forward to seeing you in Washington, D.C.!

 

 

MLK’s Impact on the Environmental Justice Movement


Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King is considered by many to be the grandfather of the environmental justice movement in the United States of America. He was dedicated to equality and nonviolence which shaped the social justice backdrop of US during the height of the civil rights movement.  In 1968, Dr. King went on a mission to Memphis to help striking garbage workers to obtain environmental and economic justice.  These workers were fighting for better pay and better working conditions.  This work of Dr. King was one of the sparks for the contemporary environmental justice movement which is in many ways a public health justice movement for underserved and socially and economically disadvantaged communities and populations.  Dr. King’s work in the civil rights movement, his fight for social and economic justice, and demands for equal rights for everyone provided a strong foundation and blueprint for positive social change for the environmental justice movement of the 21st Century.  

The monument will be dedicated to Dr. King in Washington, DC. In honor of the monument dedication, the American Public Health Association’s Environment Section plans to host a commemorative online conversation through social media on the impact of MLK on the contemporary environmental justice movement and what lessons can we use from his leadership to advance an environmental justice agenda for public health, equal opportunity, and community empowerment in the 21st Century.  The conversation will be guided around the legacy of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King as a pioneer for social justice, civil rights, and peace.

Join the EJ Committee in the discussion and reflect on the following questions:
  1. Dr. King, civil rights and environmental justice – how do they intersect?
  2. Great disparities in the location and concentration of environmental hazards, noxious land uses, and pollution sources are evident across rural and Metropolitan areas in the US including in DC area communities. How might the King monument help raise awareness about environmental justice? Build empowerment to address environmental justice issues?
  3. What do you think Dr. King would say about health disparities in the Nation today?  What we should do about these disparities?
  4. What do you think Dr. King would say we should do the address climate change at grassroots, national, and global levels?
  5. What do you think Dr. King would say about the lack of good housing stock in many urban communities, poor mass transit and transportation infrastructure, inequities in zoning and planning, and lack of safe potable water supplies for many underserved and poor residents?  What would he say we should do about it?
  6. What lessons can we learn from the civil rights movement?  What best practices should be adopted to address green justice issues including environmental justice, climate justice, energy justice, and food justice in the US and globally?
  7. What do you think Dr. King would say about how we should build healthier, greener, and more economically sustainable communities?
  8. What solutions do you plan to implement to address environmental injustice and environmental health disparities in your community that would make King proud?
  9. How do you plan contribute to the environmental justice movement or any other social movement?  How do you plan to be a leader for change?


Login information:
Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/groups/116693708428263/)

Twitter (http://twitter.com/#!/EJusticeAPHA ).  

You can also search for the EJ Pages on both media sites using the following email address: aphaejcommittee@gmail.com .

If you have any questions or have any trouble logging into the conversation, please email us (AJ Cuevas or Simone Charles) at aphaejcommittee@gmail.com . Please use the subject heading “ MLK & EJ Conversation ”.