Online Program

Using niehs research to promote environmental health among state legislators

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 : 10:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

Doug Farquhar, JD, Environmental Health, National Conference of State Legislatures, Denver, CO

David Osterberg, MS, MA, School of Public Health, University of Iowa School of Public Health, Iowa City, IA
Since 2009, the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) has teamed up with the University of Iowa School of Public Health to hold summits on environmental health for legislators from the Midwest. Legislators from Kansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, Minnesota, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin have all participated in one of the 4 summits held on environmental health.

The focus of the summits is to take research performed by the University of Iowa School of Public Health and translate into viable information that is useful to the state policy making audience. Learning about highly complex chemicals and toxic hazards can be overwhelming to the state legislative audience. These summits provide legislators an opportunity to meet with researchers and learn about the complexities of environmental health research.

These summits do not promote an agenda or policy; rather they are designed to enlighten state policy makers as to environmental health policies and research that support these policies.

This session will present on these efforts to translate environmental health research into viable state policy.

Learning Areas:

Environmental health sciences
Public health or related education
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Describe the learning needs of state policy makers Develop a response to address the environmental health concerns of states Design a format to convey NIEHS Research for state policy makers

Keyword(s): Policy/Policy Development, Environmental Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I work extensively with state legislators and policy makers on translating environmental health research into state policy. I have testified before 45 legislative committees in 30 states, and have spoken at several major events on state environmental health policy (including APHA). This session will highlight the work done with the University of Iowa School of Public Health and legislators from the Midwest translating research funded by NIEHS and performed by the school to state legislators.
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.