Symposium: 'Healthy Communities: Health Equity and Environmental Justice'

Event Details

April 25, 2017
1:00 pm-3:30 pm

Campus Center

Room: Amherst Room

UMass Amherst Campus

Handicap access available
Free admission
Risa Silverman

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) epidemiologist Danelle Lobdell will keynote the School of Public Health and Health Sciences (SPHHS) Dean's Symposium on “Healthy Communities: Health Equity and Environmental Justice.” 

Lobdell’s current research involves the development of environmental public health indicators that can be tracked over time. She recently released 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. Lobdell has a strong research interest in the area of reproductive, perinatal and children’s health outcomes.

In addition to Lobdell, invited speakers will discuss the topic from the state, academic, and activist perspectives. Featured speakers include:

  • Marjorie Aelion, dean of the School of Public Health and Health Sciences and professor of Environmental Health Sciences, will deliver opening remarks.
  • Margaret M. Round, chief of air toxics with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health: “Tools for Building Resilience to Climate Change Impacts in Massachusetts.”
  • Laura Vandenberg, assistant professor of Environmental Health Sciences: “Better Chemical Interventions: A Role for Basic Science”
  • Sarita Hudson, director of programs and development with Partners for a Healthier Community, and Jesse Lederman, director of public health and environmental initiatives with Arise for Social Justice, will co-present a talk titled “Environmental Justice in Action.”

A panel discussion moderated by Tim Ford, professor and chair of the Department of Environmental Health Sciences will follow the presentations.

The symposium is co-sponsored by the School of Public Health and Health Sciences and Ramboll Environ.


The Campus Center is located in the middle of campus at 1 Campus Center Way. Parking is available in the Campus Center Garage.

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