Closing General Session

Climate Change & Social Justice: Uplifting Community Voices

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2:30 - 4 p.m.

After exploring climate change and addressing strategies and solutions to create a sustainable future, complete your week with this capstone event that shifts the gaze to APHA 2018, Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity – The time is NOW. Join this dynamic discussion with some of the nation’s most influential speakers as they look toward the future to bridge the gap between climate change and health equity.

Session Moderator - Jacqui Patterson, Director, NAACP, Environmental & Climate Justice Program

Queen QuetChieftess Queen Quet, Gullah Geechee Nation
Chieftess Queen Quet is s a published author, computer scientist, lecturer, mathematician, historian, columnist, preservationist, environmental justice advocate, environmentalist, film consultant, and “The Art-ivist.” She has taken great strides to ensure that the culture and history of the Gullah/Geechee people remain relevant and current. Her advocacy efforts have extended from the local level to the national level and have focused on the continuation of the rights and culture of the Gullah/Geechee people and the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition. As founder of the “Gullah/ Geechee SEA & ME” program (Saving Environmental Actions & Marine Environment), she focuses on intergenerational engagement in learning Gullah/Geechee traditions that are beneficial to the Sea Island environment and promotes engagement in citizens science activities.


Kimberly WassermanKimberly Wasserman-Nieto, Little Village Environmental Justice Organization
Kimberly Wasserman-Nieto is an environmental leader and advocate, and is the Director of the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization. She is an award recipient of the 2013 Goldman Environmental Prize in which she was recognized for leading the passage of the Chicago Clean Power Ordinance that resulted in the closing of the Crawford and Fisk coal-fired power plants. She is committed to creating a healthier future by transforming polluted, industrial sites into multi-use spaces for families and communities.


Albert NaquinChief Albert Naquin, Isle de Jean Charles Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe
Albert Naquibn is the traditional Chief in Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana. He is a strong advocate for his people and homeland, he has represented his Tribe on numerous occasions at the State, Federal and National level. He works with numerous local and national advocacy groups to bring about policy change that will bring progress not only for his Tribe but for indigenous people everywhere. He has held many significant positions ranging from Vietnam veteran, to Oil Safety Inspector in the Gulf of Mexico, to Constable for over 12 years. He is proud to represent a people of such strength and follow the example of the many in his family who were Chief before him.

Maya YoshiantiMiya Yoshitani, Asian Pacific Environmental Network
Miya Yoshitani has an extensive background in community organizing, campaign strategy, leadership development and training, organizational development, and fundraising, and a long history of working in the environmental justice movement. She served as the executive director of the largest student environmental network in the US, the Student Environmental Action Coalition, SEAC, and worked broadly in international environment and development networks organizing for environmental and economic justice. She has been with APEN since the mid-90s where she has worked to find policy solutions for the community across a gamut of issues including occupational safety of high-tech workers, affordable housing, transportation and land-use, and challenging multinational corporations to mitigate pollution that is devastating the health and well-being of countless low-income communities of color.

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