273084 Healthy Communities Across Generations

Wednesday, October 31, 2012 : 8:30 AM - 8:45 AM

Kathy Sykes, MA , Office of Research and Development, IOAA, U.S. EPA, Washington, DC
An unconference, "Healthy Environments Across Generations" has started a movement to consider health in every environment including the food, natural, built, chemical, socio-economic and psychosocial. Convened in New York City, with more than 50 cosponsors from federal agencies, foundations, environmental groups and public health and health professionals, a small group has set out to foster systemic changes in our day to today work by recognizing the interconnectedness of many environments to our underlying health and well-being across the lifespan. This symposium will be highly interactive and participatory and "unplugged" without powerpoints, only inspirational photos and summary slides that summarize oral presentations. Demographic, climate, and social and environmental justice change will frame the discussion. Upstream prevention will be emphasized over health care treatments. A day and a half unconference will be recreated in 90 minutes symposium where the focus will be on fostering systemic changes to the many environments through a lifespan approach. Experienced public health professionals from across the APHA sections, local affiliates and forums are invited. Our vision is to imagine a world where systemic changes across environments have set in motion intergenerativity, or healthy environments across generations. Join us for the next Woodstock of the west not to be missed session.

Learning Areas:
Environmental health sciences
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related public policy
Public health or related research
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

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Keywords: Environmental Health, Aging

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: For more than 25 years I have worked on health and aging policy at state, congressional and federal level a I served as professional staff to US Senate Special Committee on Aging, associate appropriations staff for Congressman Obey, Associate Director for Planning, Policy and Legislation at NIOSH. Since 1998, I have worked in various capacities at EPA and most recently as Senior Advisor for Aging and Sustainability for the Office of Research and Development.
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.