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The Rise and Fall of Environmental Health Issues–Provoking Innovation in Environmental Health Sciences

doi: 10.1097/01.ede.0000339546.72622.4f
Abstracts: ISEE 20th Annual Conference, Pasadena, California, October 12–16, 2008: Plenary Sessions

Closing Plenary Thursday, October 16, 2008.

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A major challenge in the management of environmental health issues is prioritization and resource allocation. Traditionally a ‘central’ government or system has been responsible for identifying and prioritizing environmental health issues. This system, typically regulatory, has been the driver for which issues are prioritized, acknowledged, and addressed by the public, industry, politicians, and others. This process also determined how resources were allocated to these issues for research and advocacy. Increasingly, however, other drivers–well-funded foundations, strategic activism, and celebrities, for example–are playing a greater role in how environmental and public health issues rise to prominence and receive attention. The challenge of harnessing this new momentum to effect a net improvement in human and environmental health is the focus of this session. The plenary included three presentations followed by audience discussion to provoke innovative thinking in addressing environmental health issues.


Tina Bahadori, DSc, Managing Director,

American Chemistry Council Long-Range Research Initiative.

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