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
Keynote Address – Katsi Cook
Lessons from Case Studies of Social Science-Environmental Health Science Collaborations – Endocrine Disruptors and Fracking
Lessons from Case Studies of Social Science-Environmental Health Science Collaborations – Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
Lessons from Case Studies of Social Science-Environmental Health Science Collaborations – Environmental Contaminants and Preterm Birth
Applying Social Science-Environmental Health Collaborations in Biomonitoring – US and International Projects
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.