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Translating Science to Policy: Protecting Childrens Environmental Health

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Conference Highlights

Translating Science to PolicyOver 400 scientists, public officials, community leaders, and advocates for environmental health attended the Columbia Center for Childrens Environmental Health (CCCEH) and WE ACT for Environmental Justice (WE ACT) March 30 conference on Translating Science to Policy: Protecting Childrens Environmental Health. The purpose of symposium was to review 10 years of research findings from the Center and other scientists, discuss interventions stemming from this research, and identify strategies to advance policies that will reduce and prevent environmentally-related diseases such as asthma, developmental disorders, and cancer in children living in urban communities. Lisa P. Jackson, administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Linda S. Birnbaum, director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), gave keynote speeches.

The morning session focused on three major environmental health challenges: air pollution from fossil fuel combustion, residential pesticides, and endocrine-disrupting chemicals found in common consumer products. Peggy Shepard, executive director and co-founder of WE ACT, discussed the benefits of community-academic partnerships in building community power to improve environmental health, protection, and policy in local communities. Afternoon roundtables, moderated by Brian Lehrer, host of The Brian Lehrer Show on WNYC Radio, addressed the issues of urban air pollution and climate change, and the regulation of residential pesticides and consumer products in the home.


Keynote Address 1 — Lisa P. Jackson
Lisa P. Jackson, Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Introduction to Keynote Speaker — Linda Fried, M.D., M.P.H., Dean of the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

Keynote Address 2 — Dr. Linda S. Birnbaum
Linda S. Birnbaum, Ph.D., DABT, ATS, Director, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

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