Forum on social and environmental determinants of public health to be hosted by UofL [Fitness and health]

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The University of Louisville Center for Environmental Genomics and Integrative Biology (CEGIB) will host an open community forum on the social and environmental determinants of health on Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at 4:30 p.m. at The Nia Center, 2900 W. Broadway.

The discussion will be led by Linda Birnbaum, Ph.D., director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), and will include UofL scientists and representatives from Rubbertown Emergency Action Network (REACT), West Jefferson County Community Task Force (WJCTF), Rubbertown Community Advisory Council (RCAC), and Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness.

The forum isn't just for Rubbertown residents, but an opportunity for anyone to discuss the conditions at work, home, school, and in their neighborhoods, and how those conditions may be affecting health and the development of conditions like diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular disease.

"I look forward to talking with the residents of Rubbertown and others throughout the Louisville area about the research NIEHS is conducting to discover how their environment influences their health," said Birnbaum. "I know this is a topic of great concern in this community and we want to make sure the community is involved in the planning and conduct of our research."

CEGIB, the UofL Center for Environmental Genomics and Integrative Biology is a National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences core center that focuses on the application of science to problems in public health, advancing research in environmental cardiology, environmental carcinogenesis and developmental origins of health and disease.

Core center director Ken Ramos, Ph.D., said, "The forums encourage coordination among the public health professionals working on community exposures, industrial exposures, and other environmental health issues. They help broaden public understanding of local health issues and they help set our scientific agenda.

The NIEHS, one of 27 research institutes and centers that comprise the National Institutes of Health, will be holding similar forums across the country. Its mission is to "reduce the burden of human illness and disability by understanding how the environment influences the development and progression of human disease."

If you're concerned about how your environment may be affecting your health, join the discussion by attending the forum. For more information about this forum and others, visit http://niehs.nih.gov/about/community/communityforums.cfm.

Contact the writer at rachel@hurdanger.com

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About Rachel Hurd Anger
Rachel is a freelance writer who enjoys running in our metro parks, drinking local beer, and raising suburban chickens. Most recently she has contributed to a special edition of Chickens magazine.
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