Interim Executive Director, Oregon Child Development Coalition
Donalda Dodson, 65, is a native Oregonian who lives in Salem. She is the Interim Executive Director of the Oregon Child Development Coalition. Donalda has served on the Oregon Environmental Quality Commission since August 2005. Previously, Donalda served as Administrator of the Department of Human Services Office of Family Health and as Manager of the Maternal/Child Health Program at the Marion County Health Department. In her spare time, Donalda enjoys reading and spending time with her grandchildren.
Donalda had the highest level of PFOS, a chemical found in Scotchgard® and other stain-preventing chemicals. She also had the third highest total phthalate level. The rest of her results were low to medium compared to the other participants.
|Found in Participant?
|Phthalates||Personal care products, certain plastic toys and food
containers, medical devices, and vinyl (PVC) products such as flooring,
shower curtains, and wall covering
||Effects on reproductive development, including feminization of male genital and early puberty onset in girls
|Mercury||Heavy metal which enters the environment through multiple
exposure routes—including coal-fired power plants, cement manufacturing
plants, abandoned mines and consumer products
||Harms nervous system development and can harm organs
|Group of chemicals used as surfactants and stain protectors. The two PFCs most commonly found in the environment are known as PFOS and PFOA. They have been in use since the 1950s, and build up and persist in the environment and in animals||Cancer and organ damage
|Pesticides||Insecticides are commonly used in agriculture and to a lesser extent in urban areas
||Toxic effects may include nervous system harm, cancer, and hormone disruption
|Bisphenol A||Reusable plastic water bottles and baby bottles, the linings in metal food cans and dental sealants
||BPA has been linked to reduced fertility, breast cancer,
prostate cancer, and obesity. Recent scientific studies have shown that
even low-dose exposure can have negative health impacts
|Manufacture of PCBs ended in 1977, after extensive production for use as coolants and lubricants in electrical equipment
||PCBs bioaccumulate and persist in the food chain and in our bodies, and have been linked to cancer, effects on the immune and reproductive systems, and effects on nervous system development|
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