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UMass Amherst Symposium on Health Equity and Environmental Justice

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) epidemiologist Dr. Danelle Lobdell will keynote the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS) Dean’s Symposium on “Healthy Communities: Health Equity and Environmental Justice.” The event will be held Tuesday, April 25, from 1:00 – 3:30 pm in the Campus Center’s Amherst Room (10th Floor).

Dr. Lobdell’s current research involves the development of environmental public health indicators that can be tracked over time. She recently released publically the Environmental Quality Index 2000-2005 for all counties in the U.S. She also has several research projects funded through the Regional Applied Research Effort (RARE) that focus on the U.S. EPA’s Regional research needs for communities. Dr. Lobdell has a strong research interest in the area of reproductive, perinatal, and children’s health outcomes.

In addition to Dr. Lobdell, invited speakers will discuss the topic from the state, academic, and activist perspectives. Featured speakers include:

  • Marjorie Aelion, PhD, Dean of the School of Public Health and Health Sciences and Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, will deliver opening remarks.
  • Margaret M. Round, Chief of Air Toxics with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health: “Tools for Building Resilience to Climate Change Impacts in Massachusetts.”
  • Laura Vandenberg, PhD, Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst: “Better Chemical Interventions: A Role for Basic Science”
  • Sarita Hudson, Director of Programs and Development with Partners for a Healthier Community, and Jesse Lederman, Director of Public Health and Environmental Initiatives with Arise for Social Justice, will co-present a talk titled “Environmental Justice in Action.”

A panel discussion moderated by Tim Ford, PhD, Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences will follow the presentations.

This event is free and open to the public. RSVP requested but not required by registering here.

The symposium is co-sponsored by the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences and Ramboll Environ.