Public health webinars now available online

June 23, 2017

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In case you missed them, there were a couple excellent and informative public health webinars this month. Luckily both are now available to view online. Better yet, these webinars are free!

Also featured is a new online resource for tracking your exposure to hazardous chemicals in the environment.

Fracking and Children’s Health

In the last decade, the oil and gas industry has been in a mad scramble to increase fracking across the country and the health and science communities have struggled to keep up. Families and communities are concerned, with good reason. You deserve the facts about the actual risks of the fracking process, the dangers of the chemicals they use and how they can affect vulnerable children. You need to know the real risks your children face.

Brought to you by the Environmental Health Project (EHP), Fracking and Children’s Health shows you how to look for signs of risk and exposure from the fracking process and most importantly what you need to be doing right now to protect your children.

This webinar features the Speck home monitor and how to use the data from this device to improve indoor air quality.

During Fracking and Children’s Health webinar experts will help you:

  • Learn the symptoms of fracking exposure and how to spot them early.
  • Discover why children are more vulnerable and how the health hazards of fracking change depending on the age of the child begin in utero and extend through their teenage years.
  • Learn what every parent needs to do right now to protect vulnerable children from the dangers of chemical exposure from fracking.
  • Understand the conversations you need to be having with school officials, pediatricians, and community leaders to keep children healthy and safe.
  • Find out how to can monitor air and water for dangerous contamination and keep the 700+ different chemicals used in fracking out of your home and away from children.


Dr. Laura Anderko PhD RN
Georgetown University
Scanlon Endowed Chair in Values Based Health Care & ProfessorDirector, Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment (Region 3 PEHSU)

Dr. Illah R. Nourbakhsh, PhD
Carnegie Mellon University
Kavli Fellow, National Academy of Sciences

Raina Rippel, Director
Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project

Click here to view Fracking and Children’s Health
Duration: 53 minutes
Please note: You will need to register your name and email address to access this webinar.

Click here to view the additional webinar Q&A


Toxic Cocktail: How Chemical Pollution Is Poisoning Our Brains

Dr. Barbara Demeneix discusses the effects of chemicals that disrupt thyroid hormone, a crucial hormone needed for optimal brain development both before and after birth. Dr. Demeneix synthesizes the results from epidemiological and experimental studies linking the increasing numbers of chemicals affecting thyroid signaling with IQ loss and/or neurodevelopmental disease. This work is largely based on recent research that forms the foundation for her latest book: Toxic Cocktail: How Chemical Pollution Is Poisoning Our Brains.

Barbara Demeneix, PhD, is Professor of Physiology at the National Natural History Museum in France. Trained in the United Kingdom, France, Canada, and Germany, she is an internationally recognized expert on thyroid function and the author of more than 160 scientific publications.

This webinar is part of an ongoing series sponsored by the Collaborative on Health and the Environment’s EDC Strategies Group, chaired by Carol Kwiatkowski (TEDX), Sharyle Patton (Commonweal), and Genon Jensen (HEAL). Previous presentations in the series are available as MP3 recordings.

Collaborative on Health and the Environment

Click here to view Toxic Cocktail: How Chemical Pollution Is Poisoning Our Brains
Duration: 30 minutes


Tracking Network

Our environment impacts our health. The National Environmental Public Health Tracking Network – aka Tracking Network — connects environmental and health data from many sources, and lets you interact with it to make maps, charts, and graphs. Click here to explore the data.

Tracking Network is a system of integrated health, exposure, and hazard information and data from a variety of national, state, and city sources.

On the Tracking Network, you can view maps, tables, and charts with data about:

  • chemicals and other substances found in the environment
  • some chronic diseases and conditions
    the area where you live

You can also:

  • Try the new Data Explorer
  • Search for Information by Location
  • Visit State & Local Tracking Portals

Tracking Network

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