Making the Connection Conference 2019

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Registration closed

Friday, March 1, 2019

Early-bird registration prices ended on February 15, 2019.

4.5 CME/CE Credit Available

Click here to view the conference program.

The Making the Connection (MTC) conference welcomes a diverse group of participants each year such as physicians, physician assistants, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, nurse-midwives and certified professional midwives, public health professionals, environmental activists, staff of environmental organizations, scientists, and students. You are invited and everyone is welcome!

Thank you to our joint sponsors!

Physicians for Social Responsibility Wisconsin

Wisconsin Environmental Health Network

Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin

University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Department of Pediatrics

SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital - Madison, Department of Continuing Professional Development

Global Health Institute

Thank you to our Supportive Sponsors!

| Clean Wisconsin | Citizens Climate Lobby | Family Farm Defenders | Gene and Linda Farley Center for Peace, Justice and Sustainability | Group Health Cooperative of SCW | Healthy Lawn Team | Madison Manual Medicine | Midwest Environmental Advocates | Mother’s Milk Alliance | Nelson Institute | Out of Hospital Madison Area Midwives Association | Sierra Club - John Muir Chapter | SSM Health | UnityPoint Health - Meriter | University of Wisconsin Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, Department of Pediatrics, & Department of Population Health Sciences | UW Health, UnityPoint Health - Meriter & Quartz | Wisconsin Guild of Midwives | Wisconsin Conservation Voters | Wisconsin Environmental Public Health Tracking Program |

Special thank you to:

Susan and Richard Davidson

CME/CE

ACCREDITATION AND CREDIT DESIGNATION STATEMENTS

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In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by SSM Health and PSR WI/WEHN. SSM Health is jointly accredited by the American Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Physicians – CME SSM Health designates this live activity for maximum of 4.5 AMA PRA Category Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses – CNE SSM Health designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.5 ANCC Contact Hour.


MTC 2019 General Information

Date

Friday, March 1, 2019

Time

12:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Optional dinner reception to follow

Location

Atrium and Room 1335, Health Sciences Learning Center, University of Wisconsin - Madison, 750 Highland Avenue, Madison, WI

Registration

Register for the conference here. Early-bird registration prices will end on February 15, 2019. After February 15, prices will increase.

Conference Housing

There is a block of rooms reserved at Best Western Plus InnTowner, 2424 University Avenue, Madison, WI.

Conference Attire

Casual attire is appropriate for this conference.

Parking & Bus Service

Parking is available for an hourly fee in the UW Hospital parking ramp next to the Health Sciences Learning Center. Bus service information will be available as the event approaches.

 

4.5 Continuing Medical education/Continuing Education (CME/CE) credit will be available for this conference.

Intended Audience

Physicians, physician assistants, registered nurses, nurse practitioners, nurse-midwives and certified professional midwives, public health professionals,environmental activists, staff of environmental organizations, scientists, students and interested community members.

Elements of Competence

This CME/CE activity has been designed to change learner competence and focuses on the American Board of Medical Specialties areas of patient care and medical knowledge.

Purpose and Objectives

This activity will educate health care professionals about important environmental factors affecting human health and how best to use that information in primary care practice. The conference will also build relationships between environmental advocates and health practitioners to advocate cooperatively for public policies that promote a healthy environment.

As a result of participation in this educational activity, participants will be able to:

1) Share knowledge about the current scientific research on health effects of exposure to environmental hazards, identify barriers and opportunities for addressing key public health problems.

2) Identify and manage significant adverse environmental health effects and apply this information to patient care.

3) Advocate for a healthier environment and foster collaboration between individuals, organizations and government.

Policy On Faculty And Sponsor Disclosure

It is the policy of SSM Health that the faculty, authors, planners, and other persons who may influence content of this CME activity disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial interests in order to allow CME staff to identify and resolve any potential conflicts of interest. Faculty must also disclose any planned discussion of unlabeled/unapproved uses of drugs or devices during their presentation(s). The planning team members and presenters report no relevant financial interests.

Accreditation and Credit Designation Statements

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by SSM Health and PSR WI/WEHN. SSM Health is jointly accredited by the American Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Physicians – CME SSM Health designates this live activity for maximum of 4.5 AMA PRA Category Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nurses – CNE SSM Health designates this live activity for a maximum of 4.5 ANCC Contact Hour.

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Contact Us

If you have any questions or concerns, please call 608-232-9945 or email at WEHNmail@gmail.com.

MTC 2019 Recordings

  • Rebecca Klapper, PhD: Pharmaceuticals, Personal Care Products and Nanoparticles: Effects on Aquatic Ecosystems and Human Health. Not available.

  • Ken Rosenman, MD: Cancer and the Workplace: Risk, Prevention, Gender and Race Disparity, Screening and Compensation. Watch here >>

  • Patrice Sutton, MPH: What Counts? Estimating the Health Benefits of Regulating Environmental Chemicals. Watch here >>

  • Environmental Justice Panel: Watch here >>

MTC 2019 Presentation Slides

  • Rebecca Klapper, PhD: Pharmaceuticals, Personal Care Products and Nanoparticles: Effects on Aquatic Ecosystems and Human Health. Not available.

  • Ken Rosenman, MD: Cancer and the Workplace: Risk, Prevention, Gender and Race Disparity, Screening and Compensation. View here >>

  • Patrice Sutton, MPH: What Counts? Estimating the Health Benefits of Regulating Environmental Chemicals. View here >>

  • Maria Powell, PhD: Midwest Environmental Justice Organization for Panel Discussion. View here >>

  • Criste Greening: Saratoga Concerned for Panel Discussion. View here >>

  • Dylan Jennings: Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife Commission. Not available.

Making the Connection 2019 Speakers

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rebecca klaper, Phd

Professor and Director of the Great Lakes Genomics Center, School of Freshwater Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Presentation: Pharmaceuticals, Personal Care Products and Nanoparticles: Effects on Aquatic Ecosystems and Human Health 

Pharmaceuticals, personal care products and other emerging contaminants find their way into freshwater systems around the world after use. Several of these chemicals have been found to be linked to potential impacts on the health of organisms in those ecosystems. This talk will discuss the potential impacts, the link to human health, and ways in which these issues may be addressed by the health community.

Read bio here.

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Ken rosenman, MD

Professor of Medicine at Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine, Chief of Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Presentation - Cancer and the Workplace: Risk, Prevention, Gender and Race Disparity, Screening and Compensation 

This presentation will discuss how the development of cancer from work is an ongoing risk and how it is both a health disparity and international health issue. Both health policy and clinical care issues will be addressed.   

Read bio here.

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patrice sutton, MPH

 Research Scientist at University of California San Francisco, Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment

Presentation: What Counts? Estimating the Health Benefits of Regulating Environmental Chemicals

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is responsible for making evidence-based policies based on the hazards and risks of industrial chemicals under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the law covering chemicals in commerce. How EPA determines chemical hazards and risks, and ultimately the health benefits of regulating chemicals in commerce, will impact the health of our families and communities for generations to come. This presentation will discuss EPA’s methods and describe how health professionals and scientists are playing a critical role in helping to ensure EPA will estimate the true benefits of regulating environmental chemicals.

Read bio here.

 

Environmental Justice Panel

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Janean Dilworth-Bart, PhD

Moderator

Associate Professor, Chair of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies in the School of Human Ecology at the UW-Madison

Read bio here.

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Dylan Jennings

Panelist

Director of Public Information, Great Lakes Indian Fish & Wildlife 
Commission

Tribal Council Member, Bad River Band of Lake Superior Ojibwe

Read more about Dylan here.

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Maria Powell, PhD

Panelist

President, Midwest Environmental Justice Organization

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Criste Sullivan-Greening

Panelist

Saratoga Concerned

Read an op-ed from Criste here.

Making the Connection 2019 Poster Session

deadline for submission has been extended to

Tuesday, February 5th!

WHO

Students, faculty, environmental activists, and educators are strongly encouraged to submit abstracts of their projects, regardless of completion status. In fact, we especially encourage students to submit abstracts for projects that are in planning stages or in active implementation, as the exhibition will be an excellent opportunity to receive feedback and new ideas, which can be incorporated into the ongoing evaluation and execution of your project.

What

This poster session and project exhibition is an opportunity to “show and share” your work on a wide range of environmental health issues in diverse contexts, from basic and transitional science research, to community projects, and advocacy work.

We intend that this poster session will present both completed projects and projects at any stage of the design and implementation process that involves issues at the intersection of the environment and health.

WHERE

The poster session will be at the Wisconsin Environmental Health Network (WEHN)’s annual conference, Making the Connection 2019: Environmental Health in Wisconsin, at the Health Sciences Learning Center, UW - Madison campus, 750 Highland Ave, Madison, WI.

WHEN

The presenters of the posters should be available for discussion during the poster viewing sessions during registration and breaks on Friday afternoon, 3/1/19, noon to 5pm.


Awards

Accepted projects for the exhibition will be reviewed and judged by a panel of judges prior to the project exhibition. Cash prizes (high school category $50, NGO/community activist $100, and faculty/graduate $150) will be awarded for the top three completed project posters.  

Eligibility

Non-government organizations (NGOs), community activists, students and post-docs and faculty conducting environmental health-relevant activities and/or research are encouraged to submit abstracts.

Poster presentations must fall in one of the following categories:

•    Recent scientific data pertinent to environmental health

•    Transdisciplinary research approaches/findings

•    Community outreach/engagement and/or advocacy strategies/programs

•    Interpreting/communicating research findings to the public

•    Translating/applying research findings to treatment, prevention and/or policy

In order to be eligible, you must be registered for the WEHN Making the Connection 2019: Environmental Health in Wisconsin by February 1, 2019.

For projects that are complete, you must be able to include data and results, and conclusions. As it is the case that negative findings are under-reported in research, we encourage you to submit abstracts for projects, which have yielded negative findings.

For projects that are in process (not complete), you must be able to present a coherent and compelling vision, strategic priorities, and intended outcomes. We invite you to submit abstracts for projects in various development stages that would benefit from feedback from professional colleagues and peers.

Submitting Your Project Abstract

Abstracts should be no longer than 350 – 400 words and follow a standard format:

1. Background/Vision

2. Methods/Process/Action

3. Results/Impact

4. Conclusions/Connections/Meanings

Ethical considerations for subjects should be mentioned, if applicable.

Submit abstracts via email to wehnmail@gmail.com by Friday February 1, 2019.

The Selection Process

Abstracts will be reviewed for acceptance to the project exhibition on the following criteria:

•   Vision, innovation, creativity

•   Coherency of objectives and action/plan/process

•   Impact, meaning, value

•   Clarity and organization of abstract

The submitting author(s) of the abstract will be contacted no later than February 8, 2019.

Abstract and Poster Judging

Those with accepted abstracts will be asked to submit a pdf of their poster via email to WEHNmail@gmail.com by 22 February 2019.

Accepted projects for the exhibition will be reviewed and judged by a panel of judges prior to the project exhibition. Cash prizes (high school category $50, NGO/community activist $100, and faculty/graduate $150) will be awarded for the top three completed project posters.  

 

Publication

The accepted abstracts will be published on the WEHN website if the author(s) consent.

 

Questions

If you have questions about the abstract submission or the poster session, please WEHN at WEHNmail@gmail.com.