142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Human health risk assessment does neighborhood matter?

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 : 10:30 AM - 10:50 AM

Kenneth Olden, PhD , National Center for Environmental Assessment, U.S. EPA, Arlington, VA
Studies have shown that socioeconomically disadvantaged neighborhoods experience poorer health outcomes than more affluent communities. Evidence suggests these poorer health outcomes may result, in part, from exposure to multiple environmental stressors, with environment being defined broadly to include such factors as poor nutrition, indoor and outdoor pollution, poverty, and other inducers of stress. Additionally, research suggests that a lifetime of chronic psychosocial stress may leave imprinted epigenetic changes in one’s DNA that modify translation and transcription patterns and ultimately contribute to increased susceptibility to disease.  This presentation will set the stage for the session by providing a broad overview of why neighborhood matters when looking at environmental health outcomes.

Learning Areas:

Environmental health sciences

Learning Objectives:
Describe, in broad terms, why neighborhood matters when assessing environmental health risks.

Keyword(s): Environmental Health, Environmental Justice

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the former director of the NIEHS/NIH, former dean of the school of public health at the city university of NY, and am now director of the natioal center for environmental assessment/ORD/EPA.
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.