U.S. EPA Aging Initiative List Serve September 2011
II. News, Research, Reports and Presentations
III. New Resources and Opportunities
IV. Building Sustainable Communities
V. Pharmaceuticals in the Environment
VI. Intergenerational Activities
VII. Funding Opportunities
VIII. 2011 Calendar of Events
IX. Call for Abstracts
September 5th is Labor Day.
A Message from Lisa Jackson, Administrator of the U.S. EPA
The Standards and protections the EPA upholds ensure the health and the environment for millions of Americans. As we celebrate Labor Day and honor the productivity and innovation of American workers, it is important to note that a clean environment is also good for American jobs and the economy. Environmental standards that protect us from contamination in our drinking water, and air pollutants that cause asthma and ling disease also support a strong economic climate for investment and job creation. To see a video of the Administraor's message see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eu8XwrwIPCI
Labor Day: How it Came About; What it Means
Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
More than 100 years after the first Labor Day observance, there is still some doubt as to who first proposed the holiday for workers.
Some records show that Peter J. McGuire, general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, was first in suggesting a day to honor those "who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold." On the other hand, many believe that Matthew Maguire, a machinist, not Peter McGuire, founded the holiday. Recent research seems to support the contention that Matthew Maguire, later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Paterson, N.J., proposed the holiday in 1882 while serving as secretary of the Central Labor Union in New York. What is clear is that the Central Labor Union adopted a Labor Day proposal and appointed a committee to plan a demonstration and picnic.
The First Labor Day
The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, September 5, 1882, in New York City, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on September 5, 1883.
In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations in other cities to follow the example of New York and celebrate a "workingmen's holiday" on that date. In 1885 Labor Day was celebrated in many industrial centers of the country. For more on the history of Labor Day see: http://www.dol.gov/opa/aboutdol/laborday.htm
September 13th is Protect Your Groundwater Day
Simple ways everyone can act to protect groundwater
Everyone can and should do something to protect groundwater. We all have a stake in maintaining its quality and quantity. For starters, 95 percent of all available freshwater comes from aquifers underground. Being a good steward of groundwater just makes sense. Most surface water bodies are connected to groundwater so how you impact groundwater matters. In addition, many public water systems draw all or part of their supply from groundwater, so protecting the resource protects the public water supply and impacts treatment costs.
If you own a well to provide water for your family, farm, or business, groundwater protection is doubly important. As a well owner, you are the manager of your own water system. Protecting groundwater will help reduce risks to your water supply. To learn more about how you can get involved in protecting your groundwater see http://www.ngwa.org/Events-Education/groundwater-day/Pages/default.aspx
Active Aging Week: September 25th to October 1st
In its ninth year, Active Aging Week, September 25–October 1, promotes the benefits of active, healthy lifestyles for adults over 50. During that time, host sites invite older adults in their local communities to experience free wellness activities and exercise in a safe, friendly and fun atmosphere. Below are some insights from veteran organizers as well as some general planning tips for participating in this kind of health promotion event: http://www.health.gov/paguidelines/blog/post/Active-Aging-Week-2011.aspx
II. News, Research, Reports and Presentations
EPA Announces Schedule for Dioxin Assessment
EPA announced it plans to complete the non-cancer portion of its Reanalysis of Key Issues Related to Dioxin Toxicity and Response to the National Academies of Science (NAS) Comments, and post the final non-cancer assessment to the Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) by the end of January 2012. After completing the non-cancer portion, EPA will finalize the cancer portion of the dioxin reanalysis as quickly as possible.
The decision to split the dioxin assessment into two portions, one being the cancer assessment and the other being the non-cancer assessment, follows the release by the Science Advisory Board (SAB) of its final review report of EPA’s Reanalysis of Key Issues Related to Dioxin Toxicity and Response to NAS Comments on August 26, 2011. This reanalysis report responded to the recommendations and comments included in the National Academy of Sciences' (NAS) 2006 review of EPA's 2003 draft dioxin assessment.
The SAB report indicates that EPA selected the most appropriate scientific studies to support the non-cancer health assessment and the oral reference dose derived in the draft assessment. The SAB also commended EPA for a clear and logical reanalysis document that responded to many of the recommendations offered previously by the NAS. Specifically, the SAB acknowledged that the process the agency used to identify, review and evaluate the scientific literature was both comprehensive and rigorous, and the SAB report noted that “the criteria for study selection have been clearly articulated, well justified, and applied in a scientifically sound manner.”
Dioxins are toxic chemicals that share a similar chemical structure and act through a similar mechanism. While dioxin levels in the environment have been declining since the early seventies, dioxins remain a concern because they will continue to enter the food chain through releases from soils and sediments, and they have been the subject of a number of federal and state regulations and cleanup actions.
More information on dioxin: http://www.epa.gov/dioxin/
More information on IRIS: http://www.epa.gov/IRIS/
National Research Council New Report: Sustainability and the U.S. EPA
Sustainability is based on a simple and long-recognized factual premise: Everything that humans require for their survival and well-being depends, directly or indirectly, on the natural environment. The environment provides the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat.
Recognizing the importance of sustainability to its work, the EPA has been working to create programs and applications in a variety of areas to better incorporate sustainability into decision making at the agency. To further strengthen the scientific basis for sustainability as it applies to human health and environmental protection, the EPA asked the National Research Council (NRC) to provide a framework for incorporating sustainability into the EPA's principles and decision-making.
This framework, Sustainability and the U.S. EPA, provides recommendations for a sustainability approach that both incorporates and goes beyond an approach based on assessing and managing the risks posed by pollutants that has largely shaped environmental policy since the 1980s. Although risk-based methods have led to many successes and remain important tools, the report concludes that they are not adequate to address many of the complex problems that put current and future generations at risk, such as depletion of natural resources, climate change, and loss of biodiversity. Moreover, sophisticated tools are increasingly available to address cross-cutting, complex, and challenging issues that go beyond risk management.
The report recommends that EPA formally adopt as its sustainability paradigm the widely used "three pillars" approach, which means considering the environmental, social, and economic impacts of an action or decision. Health should be expressly included in the "social" pillar. EPA should also articulate its vision for sustainability and develop a set of sustainability principles that would underlie all agency policies and programs. For more information see http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=13152#description
Barrett JR, 2011 A Different Diabetes: Arsenic Plus High-Fat Diet Yields an Unusual Diabetes Phenotype in Mice. Environ Health Perspect 119(8): doi:10.1289/ehp.119-a354b
Obesity is the leading cause of type 2 diabetes mellitus. Because inorganic arsenic has been associated with type 2 diabetes in laboratory studies, chronic arsenic exposure has been hypothesized to heighten the risk of diabetes in obese individuals. A new study reveals a synergistic relationship between inorganic arsenic exposure and obesity that impairs glucose tolerance in mice.
Control mice on the high-fat diet weighed more and accumulated more fat than control mice on the low-fat diet. They exhibited higher fasting blood glucose, higher fasting and post–glucose challenge serum insulin, and greater insulin resistance, symptoms consistent with type 2 diabetes. In contrast, arsenic-exposed mice on the high-fat diet accumulated less fat than unexposed mice on the same diet and had lower serum triacylglycerol, fasting blood glucose, and insulin measures. However, glucose intolerance was high in these mice, even exceeding that observed in controls on the same diet.
The results suggest inorganic arsenic reduces diet-induced obesity in mice but acts synergistically with a high-fat diet to produce glucose intolerance, a symptom typically associated with prediabetes. The combination of glucose intolerance and elevated blood glucose levels with near-normal plasma insulin levels differs from the typical phenotype for type 2 diabetes.
Particulate Matter Exposures, Mortality, and Cardiovascular Disease in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study
Puett RC, Hart JE, Suh H, Mittleman M, Laden F, 2011 Particulate Matter Exposures, Mortality, and Cardiovascular Disease in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study. Environ Health Perspect 119(8): doi:10.1289/ehp.1002921
The association of all-cause mortality and cardiovascular outcomes with air pollution exposures has been well established in the literature. The number of studies examining chronic exposures in cohorts is growing, with more recent studies conducted among women finding risk estimates of greater magnitude. Questions remain regarding sex differences in the relationship of chronic particulate matter (PM) exposures with mortality and cardiovascular outcomes.
Objectives: In this study we explored these associations in the all-male Health Professionals Follow-Up Study prospective cohort.
Methods: The same spatiotemporal exposure estimation models, similar outcomes, and biennially updated covariates were used as those previously applied in the female Nurses’ Health Study cohort.
Results: Among 17,545 men residing in the northeastern and midwestern United States, there were 2,813 deaths, including 746 cases of fatal coronary heart disease (CHD). Findings were similar for separate models of exposure to PM ≤ 10 µm in diameter and PM between 2.5 and 10 µm in diameter and for co-pollutant models.
Conclusions: Among this cohort of men with high socioeconomic status living in the midwestern and northeastern United States, the results did not support an association of chronic PM exposures with all-cause mortality and cardiovascular outcomes in models with time-varying covariates. Whether these findings suggest sex differences in susceptibility or the protective impact of healthier lifestyles and higher socioeconomic status requires additional investigation. http://ehp03.niehs.nih.gov/article/fetchArticle.action?articleURI=info%3Adoi%2F10.1289%2Fehp.1002921
United Nation Leaders 2011 High Level Meeting on Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases
Four non-communicable diseases, cardiovascular disease, chronic lung diseases and diabetes, kill three in five people worldwide and cause great socioeconomic harm within all countries, particularly developing nations. The United Nations' General Assembly will convene a High-Level Meeting on non-communicable diseases in New York City, September 19-20, 2011.
For more information see: http://www.un.org/en/ga/ncdmeeting2011/
Greenversations: Blogging at EPA
Our summer interns and Senior Environmental Employment Program (SEE) participants have prepared and reviewed a number of blogs this summer. See Greenversations August 2011. Alex Grosky wrote blogs on both Rachel Carson “Sense of Wonder” Contest on August 5th and Keeping Cool in Extreme Heat on Friday, August 12th, 2011. Sarah Bae blogged about the Dangers of Being a Couch Potato on August 18th, and our SEE participant, James Young wrote a blog about Ultraviolet Radiation: Bring Out The Suntan Lotion, But What About Your Eyes? To read these blogs see http://blog.epa.gov/blog/2011/08/
About Careers: Opportunities for College and Grad School Graduates: EPA leads the nation's environmental science, research, education and assessment efforts, and works to protect our health and our environment. Numerous opportunities are available within EPA for students to gain vital career experience while contributing to the mission of protecting human health and safeguarding the environment. Internships, fellowships and other opportunities are available in Washington, D.C., laboratories, and at regional EPA locations nationwide. Opportunities for graduates are available at EPA with an emphasis on career and leadership development. http://www.epa.gov/careers/gradopp.html
About the See Program: The Senior Environmental Employment (SEE) Program provides an opportunity for retired and unemployed older Americans age 55 and over to share their expertise with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Administered by EPA, this program provides older workers with an opportunity to remain active using their matured skills in meaningful tasks that support a wide variety of environmental programs. For more information go to: http://www.epa.gov/ohr/see/brochure/
III. New Resources and Opportunities
Presentations from the Climate Change and the Health and Well-Being of Older Americans: Setting a Research Agenda Meeting: Arlington VA, July 2011
Hurricanes and Tropical Storms
Hurricanes and tropical storms can pack a powerful punch, with soaking rain, flying debris, high winds and tidal surge. In addition to causing extensive damage in coastal areas, they often bring flooding hundreds of miles inland with torrential rains and high winds, posing a threat to millions of people who don't even live on a shoreline. Eight of the ten most expensive Federally-declared disasters have been caused by hurricanes. This website also provides information from how to plan in advance to minimize potential loss to property and your home and how to protect your family and property and how to file a flood insurance claim. See: http://www.floodsmart.gov/floodsmart/pages/flooding_flood_risks/tropical_storms_hurricanes.jsp
Well Water: What to Do After the Flood
Approximately 15% of Americans rely on their own private drinking water supplies, and these supplies are not subject to EPA standards, although some state and local governments do set rules to protect users of these wells. These households must take special precautions to ensure the protection and maintenance of their drinking water supplies.
Drilled, driven or bored wells are best disinfected by a well or pump contractor, because it is difficult for the private owner to thoroughly disinfect these wells. If you suspect that your well may be contaminated, contact your local or state health department or agriculture extension agent for specific advice on disinfecting your well. The suggestions below are intended to supplement flood precautions issued by State and local health authorities.
Well and Pump Inspection
Flood Conditions at the Well - Swiftly moving flood water can carry large debris that could loosen well hardware, dislodge well construction materials or distort casing. Coarse sediment in the flood waters could erode pump components. Wells that are more than 10 years old or less than 50 feet deep are likely to be contaminated, even if there is no apparent damage. Floods may cause some wells to collapse.
Electrical System - After flood waters have receded and the pump and electrical system have dried, do not turn on the equipment until the wiring system has been checked by a qualified electrician, well contractor, or pump contractor
Pump Operation - All pumps and their electrical components can be damaged by sediment and flood water.
You will also find information about steps to take in the event of the need to disinfect flooded wells. For more information see: http://water.epa.gov/drink/info/well/whatdo.cfm
What to Do Recovering From and Coping With Flood Damaged Property
FEMA has recommendations for the first steps to take after a flood.
It also has some helpful information to save water damaged property and heirlooms, photos, textiles and other items.
The EPA Aging Initiative Fact Sheet – "Water Works"
Water, if contaminated, can harm human health especially that of older persons and those with chronic health conditions. This page offers information on steps you can take to reduce your exposure to these environmental hazards.
You may download a copy of the fact sheet: http://www.epa.gov/aging/resources/factsheets/ww/ww_english_100-F-09-044.pdf
You may order copies at http://www.epa.gov/aging/resources/factsheets/order.htm
NCOA Awarded Grant from Retirement Research Foundation to Provide Economic Check Ups for Vulnerable Older Adults
Grant Will Bring Strong Focus to Comprehensive Economic Needs of Disadvantaged Seniors
The Retirement Research Foundation (RRF) has awarded a $1.125 million grant over three years to the National Council on Aging (NCOA) to develop a free online tool, called EconomicCheckUp, that will assist millions of struggling older adults. The Foundation’s timely support will also allow for critical investments in the evaluation of NCOA’s multi-site direct service Economic Security Initiative.
Today, 1 in 3 older adults lives in or on the edge of poverty. The economic recession has hit these seniors hard, and a lifetime of work has turned into a daily struggle to stay healthy and make ends meet.
By utilizing EconomicCheckUp, community organizations participating in NCOA’s national Economic Security Initiative can outline a plan to help vulnerable older adults obtain benefits to pay for costs such as prescriptions, utilities, and food, and provide them with a path to future economic well-being through debt management, housing assistance, money management, employment opportunities, and more.
EconomicCheckUp will build upon NCOA’s successful BenefitsCheckUp® portal (www.BenefitsCheckUp.org) which helps seniors identify federal, state, and local benefits for which they are eligible. Over the last 10 years, BenefitsCheckUp has connected 3 million seniors with over $10 billion in needed benefits. http://www.ncoa.org/press-room/press-release/ncoa-awarded-grant-from-the.html
How Many Older American Live—AARP Fact Sheet- #230 June, 2011
This fact sheet describes how the future has changed for many Americans 65 years of age and older. The recession has left millions with high expenses, lower incomes, depleted savings, and reduced home equity or homes lost to foreclosure. Long term trends have also had a negative impact and this fact sheet examines ten facts including how many elders live in poverty, median income, out-of-pocket health care costs, etc. http://assets.aarp.org/rgcenter/ppi/econ-sec/fs230-economic.pdf
IV. Building Healthy Communities - Sustainable Communities
Greening America’s Capitals
EPA today announced that through its Greening America’s Capitals (GAC) project, it will help the capital cities of Alabama, Arizona, Mississippi, Nebraska and the District of Columbia to create healthy communities through green development. GAC will help to stimulate economic development, provide more housing and transportation choices, and reduce infrastructure and energy costs. Through this project, EPA will provide design assistance from private-sector experts to help these capital cities demonstrate sustainable designs that create vibrant neighborhoods with multiple social, economic, environmental, and public health benefits. The five selected cities are:
Montgomery, Ala. Montgomery will receive assistance to redesign a one-mile segment of the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail to improve the streetscape for walking and biking, include natural solutions to manage storm water, known as green infrastructure, and create better connections between neighborhoods for pedestrians in an area crisscrossed by major highway overpasses.
Phoenix, Ariz. Phoenix will receive assistance that focuses on revitalizing Lower Grand Avenue, a key commercial strip that has the potential to become an area of economic growth by reusing historic buildings for a new mix of uses. The project will also provide examples of how to use green infrastructure in arid climates.
Washington, DC The District of Columbia will receive assistance to make three intersections at the Anacostia Metro Station safer and more effective for cars, pedestrians, and bicycles. The project will also develop design options for the surrounding streets and open spaces to improve the area for pedestrians and increase connections to nearby homes, stores, and the new St. Elizabeth’s campus.
Jackson, Miss. Jackson will receive assistance to redesign a downtown segment of Congress Street, which runs past the Mississippi State Capitol and Jackson City Hall. Assistance will include retrofitting the street and adjacent public spaces with green infrastructure to manage storm water, improve pedestrian access and safety, and encourage economic development.
Lincoln, Neb. Lincoln requested assistance to create a green infrastructure pilot project in the South Capitol neighborhood. In this residential area, just two blocks from the state capitol, improved streetscape design could better manage storm water while supporting more walking, biking, and transit options.
GAC is a project of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities among EPA, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). The interagency collaboration coordinates federal investments in infrastructure, facilities, and services to get better results for communities and use taxpayer money more efficiently. The partnership is helping communities across the country to create more housing choices, make transportation more efficient and reliable, reinforce existing investments, and support vibrant and healthy neighborhoods that attract businesses. HUD and DOT were involved in the review and selection process and will provide technical expertise on each project. This is the second year of the GAC program. The capital cities selected last year were Boston, Mass.; Jefferson City, Mo.; Hartford, Conn.; Charleston, W.Va.; and Little Rock, Ark.
More information see: http://www.epa.gov/smartgrowth/greencapitals.htm
V. Pharmaceuticals in the Environment
NATIONAL TAKE BACK INITIATIVE
October 29, 2011
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 29, 2011, from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm. to provide a venue for persons who want to dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs. Please check back in mid-September to find convenient collection locations in your zip code area, county, city, or state. Law enforcement agencies that wish to host a collection site should call the Point of Contact for your area.
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. More than seven million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Each day, approximately, 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet. http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html
Presentations at the annual Conference of the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging
Other Useful Information
How to Dispose of Medicines Properly
Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products (PPCPs) in Water
VI. Intergenerational Activities
Cast Your Votes in Rachel Carson Contest
The Environmental Protection Agency invites the public to vote for their favorite entries in the fifth annual Rachel Carson Sense of Wonder Contest. A panel of judges selected the finalists in five categories: photography, essay, poetry, dance and mixed media (photography and a poem or essay). Finalists were selected based on originality, creativity, use of an intergenerational team, and ability to capture a sense of wonder.
Carson is considered to be the founder of the contemporary environmental movement through her landmark book, "Silent Spring." Using the title of another of Carson's books, "The Sense of Wonder," the contest sought submissions "that best express the 'Sense of Wonder' that you feel when observing the sea, the night sky, forests, birds, wildlife, and all that is beautiful to your eyes."
The deadline for voting is September 30th and winners will be announced on the website in October. Each winning team member will receive a certificate for their accomplishment and will be recognized on EPA's website. The contest is sponsored by the EPA in partnership with Generations United, the Rachel Carson Council Inc., the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange and the National Center for Creative Aging. http://yosemite.epa.gov/oa/agingepa/rcvote.nsf/fmVote?OpenForm
September 11th is Grandparent's Day
Statistics on Grandfamilies from U.S. Census complied by Generations United
Grandfamilies are families headed by grandparents and other relatives who are sharing their homes with their grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and/or other related children. Some grandfamilies are multigenerational households where a parent works long hours and wants the child close to family while he or she is at work. However, no parents are present in more than a third of grandfamily households. Grandparents stepped in to provide care when their parents could not care for the children.
The following data on children and caregivers in grandfamilies comes from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2005-2009 American Community Survey (ACS).
More than 6.7 million children live in households maintained by grandparents or other relatives
More than 4.8 million children live with grandparents, and about 1.9 million with other relatives like aunts or uncles
About 2.5 million of these children have no parents present in the home according to Census data analysis conducted by Generations United partners
About 2.5 million grandparents who live with their grandchildren report they are responsible for their own grandchildren
About 830,000 of these grandparents are age 60 or older
About 950,000 of these grandparents report that they have been responsible for the grandchildren for more than 5 years
“Grandfamilies” come together for different reasons – parental death, substance abuse, military deployment, incarceration, mental illness. As a result, grandfamilies are in every area in the country, all income levels, all races, and all ethnicities. For more information see: http://www2.gu.org/OURWORK/Grandfamilies/GrandfamiliesStatistics.aspx
Fourth Annual GrandRally—Sept 15th
For Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
The GrandRally is an historic gathering of grandparents and other relative caregivers from across the country that brings attention to the needs of children and grandfamilies. See: http://cdf.childrensdefense.org/site/PageServer?pagename=grandrally_home
Promoting Intergenerational and Environmental Health Across the
New York City - June 7-8, 2012
Conference will be held June 7-8, 2012, at the New York Academy of Medicine
1216 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street New York City, NY
The day and a half, interactive event
will focus on diverse factors that influence both human and ecological health
across the lifespan. Following the successful October, 2010 conference Children
First: Promoting Ecological Health for the Whole Child at UCSF organized by
the Whole Child Center, the Collaborative on
Health and the Environment (CHE), and the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative
Medicine, we propose to expand this conference program to a multi-dimensional,
lifespan framework of diverse factors that influence both human and ecological
health. These include the many levels of the built, food, chemical,
psychosocial, and socioeconomic environments, and the practices and policies
that promote or impede health at all ages. The conference venue for Promoting
Intergenerational and Environmental Health Across the Lifespan is the newly
renovated New York Academy of Medicine, a beautiful location
across from Central Park on Fifth Avenue located on New York's "Museum
This conference will combine plenary "conversation" sessions featuring prominent leaders in a range of fields, along with innovative educational techniques to bring a deeper experiential quality to the meeting. Provocative dialogues and question and answer exchanges will be co-facilitated by elders and youth. Creative expression of music, art, dance and other experiential activities will be interspersed throughout the conference. Our goal is that this conference will model our vision of healthy systems across disciplines and generations by encouraging active participation and maximizing the creative energy and expertise of attendees, speakers and sponsors.
For more information see: http://www.healthandenvironment.org/news/conference/intergen2012
VII. Funding Opportunities
New-- FY 2012 National Environmental Information Exchange Network Grant Program
EPA, states, tribes, and territories, are working together to implement the Exchange Network (EN), a secure, Internet- and standards-based way to support electronic data reporting, sharing, and integration of both regulatory and non-regulatory environmental data. EN Partners exchanging data with each other or with EPA, should make the Exchange Network and the Agency's connection to it, the Central Data Exchange (CDX), the standard way they exchange data and should phase out any legacy methods they have been using. More information on the Exchange Network is available at www.exchangenetwork.net. The Exchange Network Grant Program provides funding to states, tribes, inter-tribal consortia and territories to develop and implement the information technology and information management capabilities they need to actively participate in the Exchange Network. This grant program supports the exchange of environmental data and collaborative work within the Exchange Network. Grantees may also use grant funds for the standardization, exchange and integration of geospatial information to support work to preserve and improve the environment, natural resources, and human health.
Deadline: Nov. 4, 2011
New -- Fall 2012 EPA Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowships For Undergraduate Environmental Study
The EPA, as part of its Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowships program, is offering Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) undergraduate fellowships for bachelor level students in environmental fields of study. See Section I.D for information on the different funding descriptions. The deadline for receipt of applications is December 12, 2011 4:00 PM ET for receipt of paper applications, and December 12, 2011, at 11:59:59 PM ET for submittal of electronic applications to Grants.gov. Subject to availability of funding, and other applicable considerations, the Agency plans to award approximately 40 new fellowships by July 30, 2012. Eligible students will receive support for their junior and senior years of undergraduate study and for an internship at an EPA facility during the summer of their junior year. The fellowship provides up to $19,700 per academic year of support and $9,500 of support for a three-month summer internship.
Deadline: December 12, 2011
New-- Behavioral and Social Genomics of Aging: Opportunities in the Health and Retirement Study (R01)
The Health and Retirement Study (HRS; see at http://hrsonline.isr.umich.edu/ ) is a longitudinal, nationally representative sample of the US population aged 50 years and older (plus spouses) with an oversample of African and Hispanic Americans and a total sample size of over 20,000. Using funds from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, the HRS is currently conducting genome-wide scans of DNA samples from approximately 20,000 participants, using the Illumina HumanOmni 2.5 Quad chip. It is anticipated that the genotype data for the first 13,000 subjects will be released to the public via dbGaP in the Fall of 2011, with data from the remaining participants to be released by the end of 2012. This FOA encourages applications taking advantage of the newly available genetic data to advance our understanding of how genetic, behavioral, and psychosocial factors affect the health and well-being of older Americans.
Deadline: Sept. 7, 2014
New-- Climate Change and Health: Assessing and Modeling Population Vulnerability to Climate Change (RO1)
This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is being issued by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with participation from the following NIH components: FIC, NCI, NCMHD NHLBI, NIA, NIBIB, NICHD, NLM and OBSSR. This FOA encourages research applications to examine the differential risk factors of populations that lead to or are associated with increased vulnerability to exposures, diseases and other adverse health outcomes related to climate change. Applications may involve either applied research studies that address specific hypotheses about risk factors or population characteristics associated with increased vulnerability, or research projects to develop general models or methods for identifying and characterizing population vulnerability to climate change.
The ultimate goal of this research program is to help inform climate change adaptation and public health interventions to reduce current and future vulnerability of various populations to the health effects of climate change. Applications are anticipated to involve a multidisciplinary research team, including experts in health sciences and climatology as well as geography, modeling, statistics, demography, and social and behavioral sciences as appropriate. In addition, partnerships with community-based or advocacy organizations, public health officials, urban planners and others are encouraged.
Mechanism of Support. This FOA will use the NIH Exploratory/Developmental (R21) award mechanism. Funds Available and Anticipated Number of Awards. Because the nature and scope of the proposed research will vary from application to application, it is anticipated that the size and duration of each award will also vary. The total amount awarded and the number of awards will depend upon the mechanism numbers, quality, duration, and costs of the applications received.
Deadline: May 24, 2012
New --Advancing Novel Science in Womens Health Research (ANSWHR) (R21)
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), issued by the Office of Research on Womens Health (ORWH) and co-sponsoring NIH institutes and centers (ICs), is to promote innovative, interdisciplinary research that will advance new concepts in womens health research and the study of sex/gender differences. Recent research reports have established the importance of studying issues specific to women, including the scientific and clinical importance of analyzing data separately for females and males. ORWH is particularly interested in encouraging extramural investigators to undertake new interdisciplinary research to advance studies on how sex and gender factors affect women's health; however, applications in all areas of womens health and/or sex/gender research are invited.
This FOA will use the NIH Exploratory/Developmental (R21) award mechanism. It is anticipated that $4 million will be available for FY 2011.
October 16, 2012 for new applications.
New --Social and Behavioral Research on the Elderly in Disasters (R03)
This FOA issued by the National Institute on Aging encourages Small Research Grant (R03) applications from institutions or organizations that propose to conduct research in the behavioral and social sciences on the consequences of natural and man-made disasters for the health and well-being of the elderly, with an ultimate goal of preventing or mitigating harmful consequences. Disasters include weather-related events, earthquakes, large-scale attacks on civilian populations, technological catastrophes or perceived catastrophes, and pandemics.
Deadline: September 7, 2014.
Translational Research to Help Older Adults Maintain their Health and Independence in the Community (R01)
Deadline: Standard Dates Apply: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/submissionschedule.htm
Asthma in Older Adults (R21)
This FOA encourages Exploratory/Developmental Grant (R21) applications that propose to study the pathophysiology, epidemiology, diagnosis, and/or management of asthma in older adults. Much of what is known about asthma in adults is based on studies in younger adult populations; however, the mechanisms underlying asthma in some older adults may differ, which may impact on diagnostic, treatment, and prevention strategies.
National Senior Center Month
September 11-14, 2011
National Home and Community Based Services Conference
September 13th: Protect Your Groundwater Day
September 15 –Fourth Annual GrandRally, For Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
The GrandRally is an historic gathering of grandparents and other relative caregivers from across the country that brings attention to the needs of children and grandfamilies. http://cdf.childrensdefense.org/site/PageServer?pagename=grandrally_home
September 25, 2011--National Public Lands Day
September 28, 2011-- National Women's Health and Fitness Day http://www.fitnessday.com/women/index.htm
Active Aging Week: September 25th to October 1st http://www.health.gov/paguidelines/blog/post/Active-Aging-Week-2011.aspx
World Health Organization
International Conference on Age-Friendly Cities
September 28-30, 2011
National Community Planning Month
October 2-4, 2011-- International Symposium on Safe Medicine
October 26-28, 2011-- Grantmakers in Aging Annual Conference
Nov 2nd, 2011 -- APHA
Annual Meeting 2011
Gerontological Society of America Annual Conference
November 18-22, 2011
IX. Call for Abstracts
on Ageing 11th Global Conference on Ageing
Prague Czech Republic.
Deadline: December, 2011. http://www.ifa2012.com/abstracts/call-for-abstracts
2012 Calendar of Events http://www.epa.gov/aging/calendar/2012/index.htm#2012_01