U.S. EPA Aging Initiative List Serve April 2011
- EPA Celebrates National Public Health Week
- EPA's blog "Greenversations" April 4-10, 2011
- April 22nd is Earth Day - the 41st Year Celebrating One Planet
- Earthday Network Footprint Calculator
- EPA recognized 30 Sunrise Senior Living communities
- EPA Monitoring Continues to Confirm That No Radiation Levels of Concern Have Reached the United States
- EPA Awards Five Grants to Combat Bed Bugs
- Does the Smoke Ever Really Clear? Thirdhand Smoke Exposure Raises New Concerns
- EPA Resources to Report Environmental Spills
- Acute Effects of Fine Particulate Air Pollution on Cardiac Arrhythmia—The APACR Study
- Prospective Cohort Study of Lead Exposure and Electrocardiographic Conduction Disturbances in the Department of Veterans Affairs Normative Aging Study
- New Supporters of Building Healthy Communities for Active Aging
- Will your Community Apply to be Recognized this Year?
- EPA Selects 32 Locations for Assistance with Sustainable Community Planning
- ENCorpsLeadership Corps
- The University of Wisconsin Extension Receives US EPA Grant to "Get the Meds Out"
- Save the Date: Second National Drug Take Back Day
- Extreme Event Impacts on Air and Water Quality with a Changing Global Climate
- 2011 Environmental Education Grants
- Healthy Communities Grant Program, EPA Region 1- New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT, 10 Tribal Nations)
- FY 2011 Request for Proposals for the Pollution Prevention Information Network (PPIN) Grants Program
- Environmental Impact and Mitigation of Oil Spills
- Mechanisms of Functional Recovery After Stroke (R01)
- Transdisciplinary Research on Fatigue and Fatigability in Aging (R01)
- Functional Links between the Immune System, Brain Function and Behavior (R21)
- Using Systems Science Methodologies to Protect and Improve Population Health
- Translational Research at the Aging/Cancer Interface (TRACI) (R01)
EPA Celebrates National Public Health Week
By Administrator Lisa P. Jackson
April 4-11 is National Public Health Week, and the EPA is sending a clear message: Environmental protection is public health protection. It is family protection and community protection. It is about safeguarding people in the places where they live, work, play, and learn.
Each and every day, the people of this agency step up to protect the air we breathe, the water that flows into our communities and the land where we build our communities. These are things the American people expect and deserve - whether it's the everyday protection of air and water, or a response to situations like the Japan nuclear incident, where EPA monitoring of radiation levels is keeping all of us aware and ready to respond if needed.
The environmental standards that EPA sets have prevented hundreds of thousands of premature deaths annually and provide the American people with some $22 trillion in health benefits. What those statistics really mean is that the buses taking our kids to school no longer put dangerous lead emissions into the air. When you pour yourself a glass of water, you can be confident it will be free of harmful levels of chemicals. And when you buy an apple at the store, it hasn't been sprayed with arsenic-based pesticides - like they were decades ago.
This year, Public Health Week comes on the heels of an important advance in EPA's health protection work. We recently proposed the first-ever national Mercury and Air Toxics Standards for power plants - reasonable standards that will require American power plants to utilize pollution control technologies that cut harmful emissions of mercury, arsenic, chromium, nickel and acid gases. These pollutants have been linked to neurological problems, developmental disorders in our children, respiratory illnesses and other costly health challenges.
EPA's blog "Greenversations" April 4-10, 2011
A series of blogs will highlight EPA programs and mission to protect public health. The first is by Administrator Jackson. Other topics to be covered this week will address Air Toxics and Designing Safer Products is No Accident
April 22nd is Earth Day - the 41st Year Celebrating One Planet
In His Own Words: Gaylord Nelson
United States Senator Gaylord Nelson, the founder of Earth Day, recounts the seven years leading up to how the first Earth Day was organized. In 1962, John F. Kennedy was President and his brother, Bobby, was the Attorney General. Environment was not on the political agenda, but Senator Nelson had a plan.
"The idea was to persuade President Kennedy to give visibility to this issue by going on a national conservation tour. I flew to Washington to discuss the proposal with Attorney General Robert Kennedy, who liked the idea. So did the President. The President began his five-day, eleven-state conservation tour in September 1963. For many reasons the tour did not succeed in putting the issue onto the national political agenda. However, it was the germ of the idea that ultimately flowered into Earth Day."
Six years would pass before the idea that became Earth Day occurred to me while on a conservation speaking tour out West in the summer of 1969. At the time, anti-Vietnam War demonstrations, called "teach-ins," had spread to college campuses all across the nation. Suddenly, the idea occurred to me - why not organize a huge grassroots protest over what was happening to our environment?
The first "environmental teach- ins" drew more than 20 million people to campuses throughout the country which represented ten percent of the entire US population.
Today, Earth Day is coordinated throughout the world by the Earth Day Network, and celebrated in more than 175 countries by a billion people. In 2009, the United Nations designated April 22 International Mother Earth Day.
There is continuing connection to the pioneer work of Senator Nelson. Our Senior Environmental Employee in the Office of Public Engagement, John Larmett joined the staff of Senator Nelson shortly after the second Earth Day celebration. Read his first-hand account of his experience. Read more...
Get Involved this Earth Day or Plan to Make Small Changes in your Ecological Footprint
Have you ever participated in an Earth Day event? There are plenty of opportunities to get involved. You may attend or volunteer at an Earth Day event near you. Read more...
Take time to reflect on how you can make daily choices that are good for the environment. For starters, you may want to take a quiz to find out your ecological footprint.
Earthday Network Footprint Calculator
The Ecological Footprint is a resource accounting tool that measures how much biologically productive land and sea is used by a given population or activity, and compares this to how much land and sea is available. Productive land and sea areas support human demands for food, fiber, timber, energy, and space for infrastructure. These areas also absorb the waste products from the human economy. The Ecological Footprint measures the sum of these areas, wherever they physically occur on the planet. The Ecological Footprint is used widely as a management and communication tool by governments, businesses, educational institutions, and non-governmental organizations.
How many planets does it take to support your lifestyle? Take the quiz and find out. Read more...
II. News, Research, Reports and Presentations
EPA recognized 30 Sunrise Senior Living communities as the first senior care facilities to earn EPA?s Energy Star for superior energy performance.
The communities have upgraded to more efficient lighting and improved operations of heating and hot water systems to improve their energy efficiency and save money while contributing to cleaner air and protecting people's health.
The 30 communities, located in eight states across the country, join more than 12,600 Energy Star certified commercial buildings that are performing in the top 25 percent for energy efficiency when compared to similar buildings nationwide. The certified buildings typically use 35 percent less energy and produce 35 percent fewer greenhouse gas emissions. Sunrise Senior Living owns 277 senior care communities in the United States, of which 11 percent are now Energy Star certified.
Nursing homes, assisted living communities, and certain types of continuing care retirement communities are now eligible to earn EPA?s Energy Star, in addition to 14 other commercial building types, such as schools and retail stores. There are more than 38,000 residential care communities in the United States and together they spend more than $1.5 billion annually on energy use. If each community reduced its energy use by just 10 percent, Americans could save more than $150 million per year.
Energy Star was started by EPA in 1992 as a market-based partnership to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through energy efficiency. Today the Energy Star label can be found on more than 60 different kinds of products, as well as new homes and commercial and industrial buildings that meet strict energy-efficiency specifications set by EPA. Last year alone, Americans, with the help of Energy Star, saved approximately $18 billion on their energy bills while preventing greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to the annual emissions of 33 million vehicles.
EPA Monitoring Continues to Confirm That No Radiation Levels of Concern Have Reached the United States
During detailed filter analyses from 12 RadNet air monitor locations across the nation, the U.S. EPA identified trace amounts of radioactive isotopes consistent with the Japanese nuclear incident. Some of the filter results show levels slightly higher than those found by EPA monitors last week and a Department of Energy monitor the week before. These types of findings are to be expected in the coming days and are still far below levels of public health concern.
EPA's samples were captured by monitors in Alaska, Alabama, California, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands and Washington state over the past week and sent to EPA scientists for detailed laboratory analysis.
III. New Resources and Opportunities
EPA Awards Five Grants to Combat Bed Bugs
EPA awarded grants totaling $550,000 to five organizations to implement new approaches in managing bed bug problems. These grants will be used in states and communities where bed bug pressures are significant but resources to address the problems are limited. Lessons learned from the grants will be available for use by other communities.
Infestations of bed bugs have spread to many cities around the United States in recent years. As part of the Federal Bed Bug Workgroup, EPA helped develop a national Bed Bug Summit in early February. The agency has worked with various federal agencies to explore and develop techniques for combating the influx of bed bugs. The bed bug grants are a further step in educating consumers and professionals about the pests.
EPA Resources to Report Environmental Spills
Are you concerned about an environmental situation within your community but don't know where to go for answers? On this webpage you will find the answers to the following questions and more:
- Who do I call to report an oil spill or other environmental emergency that poses a sudden threat to public health?
- Where do I report a possible violation of environmental laws or regulations?
- What's a violation versus an emergency?
- What information can I find on previous spills?
Acute Effects of Fine Particulate Air Pollution on Cardiac Arrhythmia—The APACR Study
He F, Shaffer ML, Rodriguez-Colon S, Yanosky JD, Bixler E, et al. 2011 Acute Effects of Fine Particulate Air Pollution on Cardiac Arrhythmia-The APACR Study. Environ Health Perspect doi:10.1289/ehp.1002640
Background: The mechanisms underlying the relationship between particulate air pollution and cardiac disease are not fully understood.
Objective: We examined the effects and time course of exposure to fine particles (PM2.5) on cardiac arrhythmia in 105 middle-aged community-dwelling healthy nonsmokers in central Pennsylvania.
Methods: The 24-hour beat-to-beat ECG data were obtained using a high-resolution Holter system. After visually identifying and removing artifacts, we summarized the total number of premature ventricular contractions (PVC) and premature atrial contractions (PAC) for each 30-minute segment. A personal PM2.5 nephelometer was used to measure individual level real-time PM2.5 exposures for 24 hours. We averaged these data to obtain 30-minute average time-specific PM2.5 exposures. Distributed lag models under the framework of negative binomial regression and generalized estimating equations were used to estimate the rate ratio between 10 µg/M3 increases in average PM2.5 over 30-minute intervals and ectopy counts.
Results: The mean (SD) age of participants was 56 (8) years, with 40% male and 73% non-Hispanic white. The 30-minute mean (SD) for PM2.5 exposure was 13 (22) µg/M3; and for PAC and PVC count was 0.92 (4.94) and 1.22 (7.18). Ten µg/M3 increases in average PM2.5 concentrations during the same 30 minutes or the previous 30 minutes were associated with 8% and 3% increases in average PVC counts, respectively. PM2.5 was not significantly associated with PAC count.
Conclusion: PM2.5 exposure within approximately 60 minutes was associated with increased PVC counts in healthy individuals. Read more...
Prospective Cohort Study of Lead Exposure and Electrocardiographic Conduction Disturbances in the Department of Veterans Affairs Normative Aging Study
Eum K-D, Nie LH, Schwartz J, Vokonas PS, Sparrow D, et al. 2011 Prospective Cohort Study of Lead Exposure and Electrocardiographic Conduction Disturbances in the Department of Veterans Affairs Normative Aging Study. Environ Health Perspect doi:10.1289/ehp.1003279
Background: No studies have examined the association between cumulative low-level lead exposure and the prospective development of electrocardiographic (ECG) conduction abnormalities, which may mediate the association between lead and several cardiovascular end points.
Objective: To prospectively examine the association between lead exposure and development of ECG conduction abnormalities.
Methods: We assessed blood lead, bone lead-a biomarker of cumulative lead exposure measured with K-shell-X-Ray Fluorescence, and ECG end points among 600 men in the Normative Aging Study free of ECG abnormalities at lead measurement. Of these, we had follow-up data from a second ECG from 496 men on average 8.1 (SD=3.1) years later. We used repeated measures linear regression to analyze change in ECG conduction timing, and logistic regression to estimate odds ratios (OR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI) for development of specific conduction disturbances, adjusting for potential confounders.
Results: Mean blood, patella bone, and tibia bone lead concentrations were similar to other general population samples and much lower than occupationally exposed groups.
Conclusions: This study suggests that low-level cumulative exposure to lead is associated with worse future cardiac conductivity in the ventricular myocardium. Read more...
IV. Building Healthy Communities - Sustainable Communities
New Supporters of Building Healthy Communities for Active Aging.
We are pleased to have four new organizations join the continually growing list of supporters of EPA's Building Healthy Communities for Active Aging award: The Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, 1000 Friends of Florida, Senior Services Inc (Rochester, NY) and the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging. There are now 63 supporting organizations that are leaders in aging, public health, smart growth, and the environment. Read more about the supporters.
Will your Community Apply to be Recognized this Year?
The Building Healthy Communities for Active Aging awards recognizes communities that have excelled in strategies, planning and programs that support active aging and smart growth. The Achievement Award, the top honor, is awarded to communities for overall excellence in building healthy communities for active aging. The Commitment Award recognizes communities that have developed and begun to initiate a specific plan to implement smart growth and active aging principles.
Communities self nominate for the award. A panel of judges selects the winners each year. Applications for 5th annual Building Healthy Communities for Active Aging the 2011 are due July 11, 2011. For more information.
EPA Selects 32 Locations for Assistance with Sustainable Community Planning
The U.S. EPA named 32 communities in 26 states as the initial participants in the Sustainable Communities Building Blocks program. The communities will receive technical assistance during a day-long session that will help them achieve their sustainable planning goals. Sustainable planning helps safeguard the environment and spur economic development while also improving Americans' health.
"EPA has seen a demand for tools and resources to help communities strengthen their economies, protect human health and the environment, and create more housing and transportation choices at the local level," said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. "The Building Blocks program will bring in private-sector experts to train communities to use tools that have been applied successfully in other places, spreading our technical assistance program's positive effect to our nation's communities."
EPA selected the 32 communities from 354 applicants through a competitive process in consultation with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). During a day-long session with EPA-funded, private-sector experts, participants will focus on a specific sustainability tool such as zoning code reviews, walkability assessments, or economic and fiscal health assessments. They will also learn about additional environmentally responsible, economically healthy development techniques and general sustainable community strategies.
Sustainable Communities Building Blocks is coordinated through the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, a joint effort between EPA, HUD, and DOT to coordinate federal actions on housing, transportation, and environmental protection. This interagency collaboration achieves efficient federal investments in infrastructure development, facilities, and services that meet multiple economic, environmental, and community objectives.
The selected communities are: Bemidji, Minn.; Bluffton, S.C.; Cambridge, Md.; Chelmsford, Mass.; Deerfield Beach, Fla.; Dover, N.H.; Erie County, N.Y.; Essex, Conn.; Fitchburg, Wis.; Granville, Ohio; Helena, Mont.; Hellertown, Pa.; Jersey Shore, Pa.; Kayenta Township, Ariz.; Lincoln, Neb.; McKinney, Texas; Muskegon, Mich.; Nashville/Davidson, Tenn.; Northampton, Mass.; Oak Ridge, Tenn.; Oklahoma City, Okla.; Portland, Maine; St. Louis, Mo.; Pike's Peak Council of Governments, Colo.; Ranson, W.Va.; Reedsburg, Wis.; Renton, Wash.; Rockport, Texas; Shelburne, Vt.; Spencer, N.C.; Syracuse, N.Y.; and Wichita, Kan.
In April 2009, the University of Maine received a $100,000 grant from the EPA to develop and implement a statewide environmental leadership training program for older adults (50 years and older) to increase civic participation in local, county and state planning decisions that affect the built environment. The ENCorps leadership program is now a well established program. The program is designed to focus on smart growth and environmental volunteerism. Staff assist volunteers assess their community and select a project of greatest interest.
Volunteers participate in a leadership training summit and work with local organizations and develop personalized action plans developed at the summit. All projects are self-directed and self-selected. 140 volunteers participated in the first cohort and chose to volunteer in a variety of settings including land trusts, historical societies, downtown revitalization projects and town planning boards.
The Maine Center on Aging has been tracking monthly volunteer knowledge and impact gained through the ENCorps program. Staff measured participation in volunteer activities set forth in the EPA's guidebook, "Growing Smarter, Living Healthier: A Guide to Smart Growth." The first cohort chose to work on the following four priority areas:
- Staying Active, Connected and Engaged: 53%
- Staying Healthy: 33%
- Development and Housing: 25%
- Transportation and Mobility: 2%
Volunteers have been placed in organizations such as the Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program, Greater Portland Landmarks, the Presumpscot River Watershed ad several revitalization projects in rural Maine. The EnCorps volunteers were are instrumental in some of the newsworthy milestones including the Brunswick Explorer and completion of the Down East Sunrise Trails.
The project has a strong sustainability prospects due to their partnership with the Maine Community Foundation and the Atlantic Philanthropies for the next three years. The Atlantic Philanthropies agreed to match any funding raised for the ENCorps project up to $500,000.
V. Pharmaceuticals in the Environment
The University of Wisconsin Extension Receives US EPA Grant to "Get the Meds Out"
Last fall, the University of Wisconsin Extension was awarded a two-year $800,000 grant from the US EPA to improve the health of the Great Lakes by reducing the amount of waste containing persistent toxic substances with a focus on consumer-generated pharmaceutical waste. The purpose of the grant is to significantly reduce medications entering the environment-the Great Lakes Watershed as well as providing additional safe disposal options throughout the Midwest.
The grant has two main parts: first a mail back component for 36 counties in Wisconsin. It builds on an earlier two county pilot UW Extension received in 2008 and modeled after another EPA grant, the Maine's "Safe Medicine Disposal for ME" program. Maine's program it is the only program in the nation that has U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency approval to return controlled substances by mail. The mailback program will serve about 2.5 million people living near the Great Lakes watershed.
The second part of the grant is a product stewardship approach that will be developed in concert with state and local governments, the health care industry, the pharamaceutical industry and the public. Wisconsin and four other states (MN, IL, IN, and MI) are collaborating on this effort. Other key partners include the Wisconsin DNR, the Product Stewardship Institute and the Midwest Product Stewardship Council.
For more information on the grant, please see:
Save the Date: Second National Drug Take Back Day
The Second National Drug Take Back Day is a great opportunity for those who missed the first event or who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs, to safely dispose of them.
When: April 30, 2011. 10am to 2pm.
Why: This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Drugs that are dumped down drains and toilets can end up in our lakes, streams, and watersheds. By participating in the drug take-back day you will protect public health and safety and protect the environment.
VI. Intergenerational Activities
2011 Rachel Carson Poetry, Essay, Photography and Dance Contest
Teams interested in entering this year's Rachel Carson Intergenerational Sense of Wonder Contest have another two months to submit their entries. Entries can be a poem, an essay, photograph or a dance video that captures the sense of wonder you see, hear, and feel in nature. Entries must be developed by a multi-generational team of two or more individuals-with at least one.
Teams will share through one of these distinct mediums their own interactions and reflections on the wonders of nature. Mixed media entries are also welcome, such as a photo accompanied with a poem or essay. Dance video entries can be of performers or capture movements and visible changes in nature from dawn to dusk.
The contest is sponsored by the U.S. EPA, the National Center for Creative Aging Creative the Dance Exchange, the Rachel Carson Council, Inc., and Generations United. For more information about the contest and to see the works of previous winners, please read more...
The deadline for entries is Friday, June 10, 2011.
VII. EPA Funding Opportunities
Extreme Event Impacts on Air and Water Quality with a Changing Global Climate
The EPA, as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing the development of assessments, tools and techniques, and demonstration of innovative technologies for providing information and capacity to adequately prepare for climate-induced changes in extreme events in the context of air and water quality management. A goal of this RFA is to seek a better understanding of the hazards (the extreme events) and to establish ways for climate scientists, impact assessment modelers, air and water quality managers, and other stakeholders to co-produce information necessary to form sound policy in relation to extreme events and their impact on air and water quality under a changing climate.
In addition to regular awards, this solicitation includes the opportunity for early career projects. The purpose of the early career award is to fund research projects smaller in scope and budget by early career PIs. Please see Section III of this Request for Applications (RFA) for details on the early career eligibility criteria.
Deadline: April 18, 2011. Read more...
2011 Environmental Education Grants
The purpose of the Environmental Education Regional Grant Program is to increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues and provide the skills that participants in its funded projects need to make informed environmental decisions and take responsible actions toward the environment.
Deadline: Deadline May 2, 2011. Read more...
Healthy Communities Grant Program, EPA Region 1- New England (CT, ME, MA, NH, RI, VT, 10 Tribal Nations)
The Healthy Communities Grant Program is seeking projects that:
- Target resources to benefit communities at risk (environmental justice areas of potential concern, places with high risk from toxic air pollution, urban areas) and sensitive populations (e.g. children, elderly, others at increased risk).
- Assess, understand, and reduce environmental and human health risks.
- Increase collaboration through community-based projects.
- Build institutional and community capacity to understand and solve environment and human health problems.
- Achieve measurable environmental and human health benefits.
Proposed projects must: (1) Be located in and/or directly benefit one or more of the four Target Investment Areas which include: Environmental Justice Areas of Potential Concern, Sensitive Populations, Narragansett Bay Watershed (RI & MA), and/or Urban Areas in one or more of the EPA Region I States of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and/or Vermont; and (2) Identify how the proposed project will achieve measurable environmental and/or public health results in one or more of the six Target Program Areas which include Asthma, Capacity Building on Environmental and Public Health Issues, Healthy Indoor/Outdoor Environments, Healthy Schools, Narragansett Bay Watershed-Based Water Quality Management, and/or Urban Natural Resources.
Deadline: May 2, 2011. Read more...
FY 2011 Request for Proposals for the Pollution Prevention Information Network (PPIN) Grants Program
The Pollution Prevention Information Network (PPIN) grant program funds regional centers that serve both unique regional pollution prevention (P2) information needs and national audience needs for quality information on source reduction and related P2 practices. The grantees provide assistance to businesses whose lack of information may be an impediment to implementing source reduction, preventing pollution or adopting sustainable practices. Proposals should describe activities that serve regional and national P2 needs, strategic P2 priorities, and promote national network communication.
Deadline: May 9, 2011. Read more...
Environmental Impact and Mitigation of Oil Spills
As part of the federal government's response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) received a $2 million Congressional appropriation for a grant or grants for "a study on the potential human and environmental risks and impacts of the release of crude oil and the application of dispersants, surface washing agents, bioremediation agents, and other mitigation measures listed in the National Contingency Plan Product List (40 C.F.R. Part 300 Subpart J).
To implement this appropriation through its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) grant program, EPA is seeking applications proposing to develop a research program, including an effective community outreach program component, to mitigate the impact of oil spills. The research program must address one or more of the following topics: (1) development of cost-effective innovative technologies to mitigate the impact of oil spills; (2) development of effective oil dispersants, surface washing agents, bioremediation agents, and other mitigation measures ("dispersants/agents/measures") with low environmental impact; and (3) investigation of the effects of oil spills and application of dispersants/agents/measures on the environment.
Applicants must also submit a community outreach program plan, the objective of which is to help impacted Gulf Coast communities effectively participate in the study and use its results. To achieve this objective, the applicant should work collaboratively with affected communities to identify significant risks posed by oil spills to human health and the environment, obtain their input in the design of a study to help the communities address these challenges, and provide technical assistance to them so that they can use the results of the study.
Deadline: June 22, 2011. Read more...
VIII. Other Funding Opportunities
Mechanisms of Functional Recovery After Stroke (R01)
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke solicits applications from institutions/organizations that propose to find brain mechanisms to improve and develop new approaches to functional recovery after stroke.
Deadline: May 7, 2011. Read more...
Transdisciplinary Research on Fatigue and Fatigability in Aging (R01)
NIH is soliciting research grant applications on fatigue and fatigability in aging.
Deadline: May 7, 2011. Read more...
Functional Links between the Immune System, Brain Function and Behavior (R21)
The National Institute of Mental Health solicits research grant applications to study neuroimmune molecules and mechanisms involved in regulating normal and pathological functions of the central nervous system.
Deadline: May 16, 2011. Read more...
Using Systems Science Methodologies to Protect and Improve Population Health
NIH solicits applications to apply one or more system science methodologies to public health and health care system problems and contribute knowledge that will enhance effective decision making.
Deadline: September 7, 2011. Read more...
Translational Research at the Aging/Cancer Interface (TRACI) (R01)
This announcement, issued by the National Institute on Aging, encourages research grant applications from institutions/organizations that propose translational research in the overlapping areas of human aging and cancer.
Deadline: September 7, 2011. Read more...
IX. Other Fellowships and Opportunities
Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program
The Health and Aging Policy Fellows Program is in its fourth year. The goal of the fellowship is to create a cadre of leaders across multiple disciplines and career stages to serve as change agents to improve the lives of older adults.
The program offers two different tracks:
(1) Residential fellows work full-time in a nine-to-12-month placement (in the US Senate or House of Representatives, executive agencies, or 'think tank' organizations).
(2) Non-residential fellows remain in their current positions while working on a specific policy project which may involve brief placement(s) throughout the year at relevant sites.
The application deadline is May 20, 2011. Read more...
Health Impact Project
The Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, is accepting brief proposals through June 1, 2011 for grants to conduct health impact assessments (HIAs). The funding will enable awardees to develop an HIA, which is a study that can help policy makers and community members identify and address the potential, and often-overlooked, health implications of proposed policies and projects in a broad range of sectors, such as agriculture, energy, transportation and development.
The Health Impact Project will fund up to eight HIAs to identify how policy proposals will impact health at the local, tribal or state levels. Grants will range from $25,000 to $125,000 and will support government agencies, educational institutions and nonprofit organizations.
"Many of the most urgent medical problems facing the nation-such as diabetes, asthma, obesity and injuries-are shaped by conditions in the places where we live, work and play," said Aaron Wernham, M.D., director of the Health Impact Project. "By factoring health into new laws and projects, for instance the building of a major roadway, the planning of a city's growth or the development of a school curriculum, these grants will help policy makers capitalize on hidden opportunities to improve wellbeing, save on healthcare-related costs and use limited resources more wisely."
Deadline: June 1, 2011. Read more...
Brownfields Annual Conference
April 3-5, 2011
American Public Health Week
Safety is No Accident:
Creating a Healthier Nation starts with Creating a Safer Nation
Date: April 4-10, 2011.
American Planning Association Annual Conference
April 9-12, 2011
National Parks Week
Society for Human Ecology XVIIIth International Conference
Human Responsibility & Environmental Change: Planning, Process, and Policy
April 20-23, 2011
Las Vegas, Nevada
April 22, 2011
American Society on Aging /National Council on Aging Annual Conference
San Francisco, CA
May Older American's Month
Mental Health Awareness Month
Lyme's Disease Awareness Month
American Geriatrics Society
The Friesen Conference Secretariat: Growing Old in a Changing Climate:
Exploring the Interface Between Population Aging and Global Warming
May 25-26th, 2011
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Environmental Design Research Association Annual meeting
May 25-28, 2011
Congress for New Urbanisim
June 1-4, 2011
River Rally Network: Call for Workshops River Rally 2011
June 3-6, 2011
Charleston, South Carolina
Festival of International Conferences on Caregiving, Disability, Aging & Technology
June 5-8, 2011
World Oceans Day
June 8, 2011
CSTE Annual Conference
June 12-16, 2011
National Environmental Health Association
June 18-20, 2011
APHA Midyear Meeting
June 23-25, 2011
XI. Call for Abstracts
International Federation on Ageing 11th Global Conference on Ageing
It's time to start thinking about the International Federation on Ageing's Global Conference on Ageing. It will be held Prague Czech Republic May 28- June 1, 2012.
On April 8th, the call for abstracts website will open. http://www.ifa2012.com/abstracts/call-for-abstracts