Our very own Dr. Beth Neary was on local Madison news this week to speak about the implications of high lead levels in elementary schools in the area. She was also part of a press conference speaking on lead with local WISPIRG.
Some of our activism is seen through our education:
Drs. Ann Behrmann and Beth Neary presented environmental health cases to pediatric residents of UW Health on Friday, March 25, 2016. Topics covered included lead and other heavy metal exposure, CAFO contamination, air quality, endocrine disruptors, current (and out-dated) product regulation standards, and a brief touch on the health effects of frac sand mining. Events like these not only educate physicians on important environmental issues, but they also instill a sense of activism and advocacy for better health standards!
February 10, 2016 - Our Steering Committee members, Drs. Ann Behrmann and Michele Brogunier accompanied hundreds of other physicians and medical students for this year's Doctor Day, sponsored by the Wisconsin Medical Society.
In spite of frigid temperatures, Doctor Day 2016 brought over 300 physicians and medical students from across the state to Madison to meet with legislators and their staffs Wednesday. Key issues included those critical to public health (the Heroin, Opiate Prevention and Education [HOPE] legislative agenda), patient safety (concerns over a bill allowing physical therapists to independently order X-rays) and the sanctity of the physician-patient relationship (a specific section of a proposed child abuse law).
Organized by the Wisconsin Medical Society and other key physician partners across a wide spectrum of specialties and physician-led organizations, Doctor Day provides a unique opportunity for physicians to come together to advocate on behalf of patients and the medical profession.
Advocate for real chemical reform
Read two resources about chemical reform and CSIA: Chemical Safety Improvement Act; then do your part and contact your representative or advocate through PSR on their national website: psr.org.
Letter to the Editor - Clean Power Plan is Good for Our Health
Steering Committee member, Dr. Michele Brogunier, sent a letter discussing her views on the proposed changes to the Clean Power Plan to the Cap Times, the WI State Journal, and the Journal Sentinel. We are proud to announce that she was published in the Cap Times on June 17, 2015, and the article can be found HERE.
WEHN also partners with 4 other amazing organizations. Learn about their advocacy work by clicking on each of their logos!
Information from the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters' Lobby Day - April 14, 2015
Below are links for the pdf issue pages - use them to help prepare you to speak out in support of these important issues!
Program Director of Clean Wisconsin, Keith Reopelle, spoke at the Networking Dinner following the Making the Connection 2015. His brief lecture focused on the changes the new budget proposal will have on numerous areas across the environmental sector, and his slides can be found HERE.
February 12, 2015
Steering Committee member Dr. Claire Gervais signed a letter in support of sustainable dietary guidelines this week. Keep track of the progress and send to others to join the campaign!
January 27, 2015
Steering committee members Drs. Claire Gervais, Ann Behrmann, Karen Ringler and Michele Brogunier submitted a letter to Dane County Zoning and Land Regulation supporting the request for an insurance bond from Canadian oil company Enbridge, as they seek permission to triple the flow capacity of Line 61 which passes through Dane County near Marshall. WEHN members plan to attend tonight's scheduled committee meeting.
January 26, 2015 - online - Write a letter to WI Senator RE: Toxics Reform
Industry pressure is quickly growing to get Louisiana Republican Sen. David Vitter’s Chemical Safety Improvement Act up for a vote in Congress this year. And right now, your senator is among a handful that big chemical companies are pursuing to co-sponsor this backwards bill.
If passed, endocrine disruptors and other chemicals that we know are harmful, including BPA and fire retardants, will continue to be put into products that we use every single day – with little to no regulation.
Your senator’s support for this bad bill could mean the difference between real chemical reform and making a weak chemical safety system even weaker. That’s why it’s absolutely critical that your senator hear from you today – before it’s too late.
Thanks for speaking up. Our voices are truly stronger together.
Sincerely, Ken Cook - President, Environmental Working Group