6th Annual Northwest Environmental Health Conference
Summary of 2014 Northwest Environmental Health Conference
Bridging Research, Practice and Policy
Our 6th annual Northwest Environment Health Conference was held Tuesday, April 8, 2014 on the Portland State University campus.
This all-day event brought together health care professionals, researchers, and university students, as well as citizens concerned about environmental issues in their homes, communities, and across the state. The conference took place on what many Oregonians would call a perfect spring day...that is to say, it didn't rain!
The keynote address was delivered by Julia Brody, PhD, of the Silent Spring Institute. Julia's presentation, Environment Chemicals and Breast Cancer: Evidence for Prevention, set the tone for the day, leaving many conference attendees with a list of things to look for (and purge) from their living environments to reduce exposure to hazardous substances.
Throughout the day, attendees had the opportunity to choose from 12 breakout sessions. A major focus area of the breakout sessions was the personal and environmental impact of exposure to hazardous substances from sources as seemingly innocuous as hair care products through obvious threats such as mercury contamination in fish harvested from regional waterways. See the full program, and a list of individual presentations.
More than a dozen exhibitors staffed tables at the event. Although most of the organizers, exhibitors, and sponsors are based in Oregon, there was also welcome participation by our neighbors from Washington state, as well as the Environmental Protection Agency.
OEC thanks the attendees, sponsors, presenters, moderators, exhibitors, and co-organizers (see below) for their participation in this year's event.
We look forward to seeing you again in 2015 (we'll send a "save the date" this summer).
If you have never attended this annual event, please email Wendy Buchanan at wendyb<at>oeconline.org to ask to be put on the invite list. For general questions or comments, please email nwehc<at>oeconline.org.
- Multnomah County Health Department
- National College of Natural Medicine
- Oregon Environmental Council
- Oregon Nurses Association and Oregon Pediatric Nurse Practitioners Association
- Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility
- Oregon Public Health Association, Healthy Environments Section
- Oregon Public Health Division
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 10