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ASTHO Webinars on Lead and PFAS

The Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) is hosting two webinars this month on current drinking water “hot topics”.  One covers the effects of lead on early brain development and the other reports on Federal actions related to PFAS. See the detailed announcements below for more information and to register.

Lead Exposure and Impacts on Early Brain Development

Date: April 8, 2019 – 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EDT

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Learn from leaders in local public health, as well as the University of Chicago and the Legal Council for Health Justice about the science behind lead exposure and brain development, as well as current policy and public health efforts to mitigate the impact of lead exposure on early childhood development.

Featured speakers:

  • Deanna Durica, MPHDirector, Lead Poisoning Prevention and Healthy Homes Unit, Cook County Department of Public Health
  • Nicole Hamp, MD, Pediatric Resident, University of Chicago Medicine, Comer Children’s Hospital
  • Amy Zimmerman, JD, Program Director, Children and Families Partnerships, Legal Council for Health Justice

Federal Initiatives to Address Environmental PFAS Contamination

Date: April 25, 2019 – 3-4 p.m. EDT

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Learn from EPA and CDC/ATSDR about public health initiatives addressing PFAS contamination across the country. EPA will discuss the agency’s PFAS Action Plan, as well as ongoing research to assist public health officials. CDC/ATSDR will share resources to help public health officials address PFAS contamination and describe ongoing and future efforts to assess human exposure.

Featured speakers:

  • Andrew J. R. Gillespie, PhD, Associate Director, EPA/Office of Research and Development (ORD)/National Exposure Research Laboratory, ORD Executive Lead for PFAS R&D
  • Hannah Holsinger, MPH, Physical Scientist, EPA/Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water (OGWDW), OGWDW PFAS Lead
  • Patrick Breysse, PhD, CIH, Director, CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry