Online Program

National conversation on public health and chemical exposures: Recommendations for public engagement in chemical assessment and management and case examples from the children's environmental health network

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 5:30 p.m. - 5:50 p.m.

Nsedu Obot Witherspoon, MPH, Children's Environmental Health Network (CEHN), Washington, DC

Addressing Public Health and Chemical Exposures: An Action Agenda calls for an increased emphasis on preventing harmful chemical exposures, reforming outdated and ineffective policies, promoting the health of children and other vulnerable populations, and improving our ability to make or engage in difficult decisions, often in the face of uncertainty. The vision for the Action Agenda is that it identifies clear and achievable actions that can be taken within the areas of prevention, monitoring, science, communities, public engagement, education/training, and emergencies. This effort continues to focus on chemicals that are used and managed in ways that are safe and healthy for all people. Many of the recommendations from the Action Agenda are focused on public participation and stakeholder involvement. The process that resulted in the creation of the Action Agenda involved hundreds of stakeholders from communities, government, industry, academia, health care, and non-profits. This presentation will highlight the core recommendations and provide case examples from the Children's Environmental Health Network.

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Environmental health sciences
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Protection of the public in relation to communicable diseases including prevention or control
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Describe the core recommendations of the Action Agenda from the National Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposures. Analyze case examples of risk assessment and management within the field of children's environmental health.

Keyword(s): Child Health, Environmental Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am qualified to be an abstract author on the content that I am responsible for because I served as the Co-Chair of the Leadership Council for the National Conversation and currently serve as the Co-Chair of the Leadership Network for the effort. I have been working in children's environmental health for 13 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.