Launching the Conversation
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004
June 26, 2009
The National Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposures is a collaborative project convened by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH), the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), and RESOLVE, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the effective use of consensus building in public decision making. The project is a multi-stakeholder process through which we will develop collaboratively an Action Agenda for strengthening the public health functions related to protecting the public from chemical hazards.
The National Conversation kick-off meeting took place Friday, June 26, 2009 at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC. Approximately 400 people attended the meeting in person, and another 100 people viewed the morning session by live webcast. The documents accessible from this webpage summarize the day-long meeting, including the morning plenary session, the breakout sessions, and the afternoon plenary session. The day’s events have been summarized, and a full transcript is available for the morning sessions.
The views expressed in this summary are not necessarily those of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and these comments do not construe any agency determination or policy.
Click on the links below to learn what took place at the meeting.
8:00-8:30 Registration & Breakfast
8:30-8:45 Welcome, Meeting Objectives and Agenda [summary [PDF, 45 KB]]
8:45-9:05 Presentation: Understanding the National Conversation Purpose and Process
[summary [PDF, 46 KB] | transcript [PDF, 263 KB] | presentation] [PDF, 593 KB]
9:05-9:45 Keynote Speakers
|Topic & Room||Description|
|Monitoring||Collecting information on chemical use, exposure pathways, exposure levels, and health outcomes [discussion summary [PDF, 321 KB]]|
|Scientific Understanding||Filling knowledge gaps on the health effects of chemicals [discussion summary [PDF, 321 KB]]|
|Policies and Practices||Reducing harmful chemical exposures and adverse health outcomes, eliminating inequities, and spurring the development and use of safer alternatives [discussion summary [PDF, 321 KB]]|
|Chemical Emergencies||Preventing, preparing for, and responding to acute chemical incidents [discussion summary [PDF, 321 KB]]|
|Serving Communities||Addressing local chemical exposure concerns to promote environmental justice and improve health [discussion summary [PDF, 321 KB]]|
|Education and Communication||Ensuring a well-informed public and a competent network of health care providers [discussion summary [PDF, 321 KB]]|
Sample Discussion Questions:
- What are the major components of the nation’s approach in this area?
- What have been the major successes in this area over the last 40 years?
- What are the major unmet needs?
- What solutions do you propose to help improve the system?
- What can be done quickly (1-2 years)?
- What recent or ongoing initiatives might impact this area?
- What resources (reports, participants, etc) do we need to use to adequately assess these questions?
12:15-1:30 Lunch [on your own]
1:30-2:45 Breakout Sessions by Work Group Topic: Shaping the Agenda for the Conversation (continued)
3:00-3:20 Report back from Breakout Sessions [summary [PDF, 82 KB]]
3:20-3:30 Closing Remarks