Translating Science to Policy Conference

Date: March 30, 2009

Location:
Columbia University
Alfred Lerner Hall
2920 Broadway
New York, New York 10001

Description:

Pew is no longer active in this line of work, but for more information visit the Environmental Health Project (Kid-Safe Chemicals) on PewHealth.org.

The Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health, in collaboration with its lead community partner, WE ACT for Environmental Justice, is hosting a day-long conference that will focus on three major environmental health concerns affecting children: air pollution, pesticides, and endocrine disruptors in consumer products.

The purpose of the conference is to share research findings from the Center and other investigators over the past ten years in these specific areas, discuss interventions stemming from this research that have been implemented in New York City, and identify strategies to advance policies that will reduce and prevent environmentally-related diseases such as asthma, developmental disorders, and cancer in children living in urban communities.

Children in Northern Manhattan and the South Bronx are disproportionately exposed to environmental pollutants. While there have been some successes in reducing exposures, children living in underserved communities continue to bear the unequal burden of poor health outcomes such as high rates of asthma, growth and developmental delays, and other poor health conditions.

Erik Olson, director of chemical and food safety programs with Pew Health & Human Services Policy, will participate in the roundtable discussion "Healthy Homes—Regulating Residential Pesticides and Consumer Products."

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