The Marion Institute held its 10th Annual Connecting for Change Conference in Downtown New Bedford, MA on October 24th and 25th. Connecting for Change is a solutions based gathering that brings together a diverse audience to create deep and positive change in their communities, and attracts over 3,000 people from over 20 states. Drs. Wendy Heiger-Bernays (BU SRP RTC), Jon Levy (BU SRP RTC & Project 2), Madeleine Scammell (BU SRP CEC & RTC), and ACE Attorney Staci Rubin (BU SRP CEC partner) presented a workshop entitled "A Dialogue: Cumulative Environmental Health Impacts in New Bedford" that was directly responsive to questions provided by the local community group focused on PCBs, Hands Across the River Coalition. Also during the conference, ACE, BU SRP CEC, and Dr. Jed Goldstone (Project 5) piloted the EH Clinic for the first time in New Bedford. Handouts pertaining to fresh water fish and harbor seafood advisories in New Bedford were provided to community members.
The Eighth International PCB Workshop held in October at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution included a reduced registration fee for participants in the region who wanted to attend for only one day. This day featured a plenary session talk by Ms. DeNicola a parent activist from southern California, where PCBs have been measured in soil and caulking in one of the Santa Monica-Malibu district schools. The lunch discussion with Ms. DeNicola and Edelman was organized by the Research Translation Core of the Iowa SRP and the Community Engagement Core of the BU SRP. The entire PCB Workshop was co-hosted by the BU SRP and Iowa SRPs.
The latest BU SRP study from Dr. Ann Aschengrau (Project 1) and trainee Jenny Carwile (Training Core) linked contaminated water to pregnancy complications. Read more about the findings of the study on the BU SPH website, from The Washington Post, from Futurity and access the publication on Environmental Health's website.
Jenny L Carwile, Shruthi Mahalingaiah, Michael R Winter, Ann Aschengrau. Prenatal drinking-water exposure to tetrachloroethylene and ischemic placental disease: a retrospective cohort study. Environmental Health, 2014; 13 (1): 72 DOI: 10.1186/1476-069X-13-72
Friday October 24th, 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Downtown New Bedford, MA @ 10th Annual Connecting for Change 2014
BU SRP Reseach Translation and Community Engagement Cores & ACE present
Communities have pressed for action to understand, mitigate, and prevent cumulative impacts of multiple stressors, referring to the total harm to human health and environment resulting from combinations of stressors. The regulatory system is not designed to address cumulative impacts. The US Environmental Protection Agency published a document on cumulative risk, intended as a platform for future science and policies, recognizing that, risk assessment decisions must be made “whether or not the methods or data currently exist to adequately analyze or evaluate those aspects of the assessment.” The authors are explicit about the need to make risk-based decisions regardless of the “limitations of current science.” (USEPA 2003) In this workshop we describe the state of the science and practice of cumulative risk assessment and the available decision-making tools and their limitations, using local examples. We will provide access to tools and resources that may be used for assessing cumulative impacts in your communities, and engage workshop participants in the evaluation of these tools with opportunities for development of new tools that can influence policy.