160630 EPA's Role in the Collaboration to Support Community-Based Environmental Health Initiatives

Monday, November 5, 2007: 4:30 PM

Jim Gulliford , Assistant Administrator for Prevention, Pesticides, and Toxic Substances, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC
Rob Brenner , Director, Office of Policy Analysis and Review, Office of Air, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC
Charles Auer , Director, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC
Jim Jones , Deputy Assistant Administrator for Prevention, Pesticides, and Toxic Substances, U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC
This presentation will describe EPA's experiences that have led us to the collaboration to support community-based environmental health initiatives. In particular, it will describe EPA's new CARE (Community Action for a Renewed Environment) Program that has allowed the Agency to begin integrating its programs so that they can better meet community needs. The CARE program has fostered change in the Agency, breaking down stove pipes and creating cross-program teams that allow us to view problems from a more holistic community perspective. This allows us to better answer basic community questions such as: What is impacting us, where do we need to focus our efforts, and how can we reduce our risks? The presentation will describe the ongoing internal Agency transformation that is required to improve support for community-based initiatives. It will also describe how this approach to helping communities led naturally to the work we are doing to help build a broad collaboration to support community-based initiatives. This collaboration is based on the recognition that no single government or organization has the legal authorization, skills, or resources to address the complex environmental health needs of communities. The presentation will also describe EPA's vision for this collaboration and explain our view that this collaboration and community-based initiatives have the potential to significantly contribute to the work to meet national goals and address the long-standing requests for help from Environmental Justice communities. Proposals for broadening and strengthening the collaboration will also be presented for consideration by the panelists and audience.

Learning Objectives:
1)Understand the history and current status of EPA’s effort to collaborate to improve support for community-based initiatives 2)Understand the transformation required in the Agency to improve support for communities and be able to support and contribute to this transformation 3)Understand and be able to contribute to the efforts to improve and expand this collaboration 4)Have the knowledge and understanding needed to participate in and contribute to both local and national efforts to collaborate to support community-based efforts

Keywords: Environmental Health, Community-Based Public Health

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