232479 Coping with America's War programs: A state perspective

Monday, November 8, 2010 : 1:06 PM - 1:24 PM

Anthony Robbins , Journal of Public Health Policy, Boston, MA
In the late 1970s, I directed the Colorado Health Department, where I contended with three elements of the U.S. war machine: The production of plutonium triggers for thermonuclear weapons; the transportation and storage of binary nerve gas bombs; and uranium mining, milling, transport, and waste management. The lessons I learned from studying these programs, dealing with the health consequences and with the Department of Defense and the Energy Research and Development Administration (the Department of Energy's predecessor) remain pertinent today. As states, under our Constitution, retain the principal responsibility for the health of the population, perhaps they can help us understand how preparations for war harm the health of the people, even if a war never happens.

Learning Areas:
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Public health or related education

Learning Objectives:
Describe public health problems related to the preparation for war. Describe what public health workers can do to address these problems.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: have studied the effects on public health related to the preparation for war during my work for the Colorado Health Department. I have given talks on war and public health, including talks at previous APHA conventions.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.