CHE's description of the webinar:
Children, especially poor children, die preventable deaths, suffer illness, and fail to reach their full potential. . . in part because of gaps in our environmental health system. How have we let these children down? Why are our systems so complex? How do we streamline them to meet the needs of the people? Dr. Megan Latshaw, Assistant Scientist in the Department of Environmental Health and Engineering at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, calls for re-inventing the environmental health system, creating “Environmental Health 2.0.” As part of her work with the Bloomberg American Health Initiative she hopes to better engage communities, to better meet their needs, to improve the environmental health system, and thus improve the health of Americans. Dr. Latshaw spoke about this as well as similar efforts by the Environment Section of the American Public Health Association.
From flammable tap water and sick livestock to the recent onset of hundreds of earthquakes in Oklahoma, the impact of fracking in the United States is far-reaching and deeply felt. Dr. Sara Wylie, Assistant Professor of Sociology/Anthropology and Health Sciences at Northeastern University, described her work building online tools for community-based accounting for the impacts of oil and gas extraction. Beginning with her work with Theo Colborn developing the first database of chemicals used in fracking and their health effects, Dr. Wylie described the need for, and examples of, new academic-community collaborations to address the environmental and human health impacts of fossil fuel and petrochemical infrastructures. Reflecting on her experiences co-founding Public Lab, an open source online community that develops tools for citizen science, and EDGI, the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative, she explored the need, and potential, to build alternative public interest databases and environmental health research tools.
In 2017, the Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE) recognized Sara Wylie as one of 20 Pioneers in Environmental Health under 40. CHE then produced 10 webinars featuring the award winners. On December 6th, 2017, Wylie and Dr. Megan Latshaw presented a webinar titled "The Future of Environmental Health: Engaged Communities and Strengthened Partnerships," in which Wylie discussed her new book, Fractivism: Corporate Bodies and Chemical Bonds, and other research projects with EDGI and Public Lab.
View the webinar here.