Healthy Communities: Health Equity and Environmental Justice Symposium

Tuesday, April 25, 2017 -
1:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: Campus Center, Amherst Room (10th Floor)

The UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences and Ramboll Environ present "Healthy Communities: Health Equity and Environmental Justice Symposium" at the Campus Center's Amherst Room (10th Floor). The event will feature keynote speaker Danelle Lobdell of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and invited speakers discussing the state, academic, and activist perspectives. Full panel information below.

Keynote by Danelle T. Lobdell, PhD

Epidemiologist, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

"Environmental Public Health Data and Tools"

Dr. Danelle Lobdell is an epidemiologist with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in the Office of Research and Development. She received her M.S. in Natural Sciences and her Ph.D. in Epidemiology and Community Medicine from the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York. Dr. Lobdell’s current research involves the development of environmental public health indicators that can be tracked over time. She recently released publically the Environmental Quality Index 2000-2005 for all counties in the U.S.  She also has several research projects funded through the Regional Applied Research Effort (RARE) that focus on the U.S. EPA’s Regional research needs for communities. Dr. Lobdell has a strong research interest in the area of reproductive, perinatal, and children’s health outcomes.

Featured Speakers

Margaret M. Round
Chief of Air Toxics
Massachusetts Department of Public Health

"Tools for Building Resilience to Climate Change Impacts in Massachusetts"

Laura Vandenberg, PhD 
Assistant Professor of Environmental Health Sciences
University of Massachusetts Amherst

"Better Chemical Interventions: A Role for Basic Science"

Sarita Hudson (co-presenter)
Director of Programs and Development
Partners for a Healthier Community

"Environmental Justice in Action"

Jesse Lederman (co-presenter)
Director of Public Health and Environmental Initiatives
Arise for Social Justice

"Environmental Justice in Action"

Reception to follow. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Risa Silverman at

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