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ATSDR/CDC Community Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposure in Mobile, AL, to be led by Nancy Swan

posted Jun 6, 2010, 4:25 PM by Nancy Swan   [ updated Sep 30, 2011, 12:02 AM ]
Due the the environmental and health crisis from the Gulf Coast oil spill, you may be interested in participating in the Community Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposure.  I will  lead the Community Conversations at three branches of the Mobile (Alabama) Public Library.  Please help promote attendance by forwarding this email onto to family, friends, and  members of your organizations, especially those on the LA, MS, AL and FL coast.  If possible, please post on websites and other social media.

Representatives of our federal government health agencies are listening to and taking notice of our concerns.  With the Gulf Coast and our nation facing an environmental disaster, Mobile and the Gulf Coast have a critical opportunity to participate by providing community input.  The Community Conversations were scheduled before the oil spill, but since this tragedy, this event has become more important. Even though the oil spill is a priority, the topics will cover a broad range of chemical and public health issues. 

At the close of the Community Conversations,  I will summarize the comments and suggestions of the participants.  The summary will be posted on Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry (ATSDR)/ Center for Disease Control (CDC)  “National Conversation” website.  According to the ATSDR, the public's input will help direct policy, strategy, authorization, and funding to improve public health and to prevent chemical exposure and injuries.

These are the locations, dates, and times for (3) Community Conversations arranged with the Mobile (Alabama) Public Library and posted on the MPL calendar.

Saturday morning , June 12, 10:30 a.m. at the Parkway Branch
Tuesday evening, June 15, 6:30 p.m. at the West Regional Branch
Thursday evening, June 17, 6:30 p.m. at the Moorer/Spring Hill Branch

The ATSDR/CDC selected me to host the Community Conversations as a result of my participation in the National Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposure in May, my environmental activism in Mobile and on the national level, and my chemical exposure and injuries.

I met with Gov. Bob Riley last April and spoke with him briefly, urging him to support programs to improve and protect the environmental quality of Alabama schools. After hearing the story of my chemical injury, at my request, both Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and Alabama Gov. Riley signed proclamations for "National Healthy Schools Day on April 26,2010."   Mississippi Gov. Barbour stepped up and proclaimed the week of April 26 "Healthy Schools Week" 
National Healthy Schools Day is sponsored by Healthy Schools Network.  I represent Healthy Schools Network in Mobile and partner with a number of national environmental and health organizations.  My articles on improving environmental quality of our schools and reducing chemical injuries have been published in the MS Sun Herald, the Mobile Press Register and in newspapers nationwide. 

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Let me know if you need more information,

Nancy Swan