The 2014 conference, subtitled Environmental Health Across the Lifespan, was a two-day conference. Friday’s faculty presentation topics included gene expression and environmental exposures in reproductive health, health impacts of antibiotics in the food supply, endocrine disruptors and children’s health, and environmental exposures and the aging brain. The Friday night keynote speaker was Dan Fagin, author of Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation.  On Saturday, participants gathered for a panel discussion on health professionals as advocates for more sustainable practices in their clinics and hospitals, then had a choice of attending two of six workshops and then reunited as a larger group for a discussion, led by Dr. Davidson, on how to build collaboration for Wisconsin's environmental health.

Links to presentations (lectures were video-captured and stored in the UWSMPH's video library):

Friday, February 28, 2014
Food, Farming and the Future of Health: The End of Complacency- David Wallinga, MD, MPA    Food affects human development and health, but not as simply as once thought. Current scientific research informs our understanding of the health impacts of farms and food systems. Hear how old medical paradigms around food may actually threaten the sustainability of the healthcare system, the economy, as well as, the earth.

Endocrine Disruptors and the Pediatric Patient- Ellen Connor, MD    Exposure to endocrine disruptors during childhood can affect growth, affect the onset of puberty and have long-term health consequences.  This lecture will focus on BPA, phthalates, and other known and suspected endocrine disruptors. knowledge gained will equip the primary care provider with the latest research and practical advise for patients.

Healthy Aging and the Environment: A Lifecourse Approach to Health-  Maria Valenti    (not captured)  Our physical and mental health is profoundly influenced by where and how we live, eat, work, play, pray and socialize. Discover the ways our complex modern environment (chemical, nutritional, socioeconomic, natural and built) interacts to either increase the risk of chronic disease or pave the way to healthy aging.

Translating Environmental Health Science Into Healthy Future Generations-  Patrice Sutton, MPH and Michael McMaster, PhD    (not captured)  The in utero environment is a particularly sensitive time of life. During this period, exposure to certain chemicals can result in adverse health outcomes for parents and children. Learn how health professionals can advocate for public policy that ensures healthy pregnancies, healthy children and healthy future generations.

Conference Keynote: Lessons from Toms River- Dan Fagin    Dan Fagin, author of Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation, shares the story of Toms River, New Jersey and how citizens "made the connection" between clusters of childhood cancer and pollution from toxic industrial dumping by the local factory.


Saturday, March 1, 2014 Workshop Topics and Panel Discussions:

  • “Greening” Hospitals and Clinics for Better Health
  • The Westlawn Partnership for a Healthier Environment:Promoting Environmental Justice and Building Community Capacity
  • How Does the Program for Reproductive Health in the Environment (PRHE) Work and How Do You Fit In?
  • Taconite Ore Mining & Public Health
  • Frac Sand Mining in Wisconsin: Most Everything You Should Know, But Didn’t Know to Ask
  • Climate Change: The Role of the Health Professional
  • Healthy Aging and the Environment: Prescriptions for Positive Change
  • Building Collaboration for Wisconsin’s Environmental Health

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