Online Program

Observations from the science/public health tour

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 5:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Jean Grassman, MS PHD CPH, Department of Health and Nutrition Sciences, Brooklyn College/ CUNY School of Public Health, Brooklyn, NY, NY
A delegation of science and public health professionals affiliated with the Vietnam Agent Orange Relief and Responsibility Campaign was invited to Vietnam from June 5th through June 16th, 2012 by the Vietnam Association for the Victims of Agent Orange (VAVA). The purpose of the trip was to visit people who have suffered illnesses recognized among U.S. veterans to be associated with the spraying and use of Agent Orange/dioxin during the American conflict in Vietnam. The delegation also observed land that continues to be contaminated by dioxin. Dr. Grassman describes findings of the scientific delegation. The delegation met with government and community representatives to discuss concerns about dioxin contamination and the possibility that health impacts may be ongoing in a portion of the populace. Observations of contaminated sites and visits with disabled individuals pointed to the need for continued investigation and the development of an epidemiological study.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Environmental health sciences
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Describe the conditions of the Vietnamese people who are suffering from the effects of Agent Orange.

Keyword(s): Agent Orange, Vietnam

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am an Associate professor at Brooklyn College/CUNY and I have done research work on dioxins for the past 10 years.
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.

Back to: 3465.0: Vietnam After the War