May 21, 2015 – Social Science – Environmental Health Collaborations Conference

The Social Science Environmental Health Research Institute, Silent Spring Institute, and the Puerto Rico Test Site for Exploring Contamination Threats (PROTECT – Superfund Research Program) held a first-ever conference at Northeastern University on “Social Science-Environmental Health Interdisciplinary Collaborations,” funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.  This conference brought together scholars, government agency professionals, and community-based organizations working at the intersections of social science and environmental health.  Case studies included scholars and government agency professionals collaborating on:  biomonitoring, fracking, the BP oil spill, and reproductive outcomes of contamination.  Government regulatory and research agencies also talked about the role of social science in their work.  There were workshops on practical applications of social science/environmental health collaborations, on working with environmental justice groups, and on developing curriculum for cross-training. Alternatives for Community and Environment (Boston) and the Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island partnered in the conference. In addition to regular speakers, there were workshops and discussion groups, some of which were set up in response to desires indicated by attendees in the months leading up to the conference.

 

Day 1 – May 21, 2015

Introduction to the Conference

Phil Brown – Northeastern University
Julia Brody – Silent Spring Institute

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jose Cordero – University of Puerto Rico

 

Gwen Collman – National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brown SSEHRI Conference Introduction Slides

Collman SSEHRI Conference Introduction Slides

 


Keynote Address – Katsi Cook

Katsi Cook – Running Strong for Native American Youth

 

 

 

Lessons from Case Studies of Social Science-Environmental Health Science Collaborations – Endocrine Disruptors and Fracking

 

Sara Wylie – Northeastern University, Kim Schultz – The Endocrine Disruption Exchange, Deb Thomas – Shale Test, Chris Kassotis – University of Missouri

Schultz Presentation Slides

Kassotis Presentation Slides

 

 

Lessons from Case Studies of Social Science-Environmental Health Science Collaborations – Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Brian Mayer – University of Arizona, Symma Finn – National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
Andy Kane – University of Florida

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finn Presentation Slides

 

 

Lessons from Case Studies of Social Science-Environmental Health Science Collaborations – Environmental Contaminants and Preterm Birth

Shobha Srinivasan – National Cancer Institute, Akram Alshawabkeh – Northeastern University, Carmen Milagros Velez Vega – University of Puerto Rico

PROTECT Slides

PROTECT Slides Part 2

Velez Slides

 

 

Applying Social Science-Environmental Health Collaborations in Biomonitoring – US and International Projects

Birgit Dumez – University of Leuven (Belgium)
Julia Brody – Silent Spring Institute, Sharyle Patton – Commonweal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brody Presentation Slides

Dumez Presentation Slides

 

 

Special Evening Event- Jammin’ for Justice

This is the Alternatives for Community and Environment (ACE) annual party featuring food, drinks, music, dancing, silent auction and the company of friends and environmental justice champions. It is held nearby at Hibernian Hall, 184 Dudley Street, Roxbury.

SSEHRI Conference attendees traveled to Jammin’ for Justice on the Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island’s Ecobus. Jen Rossi (bottom left) and other members of ACE spoke at the event.

 

 

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