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Health Equity at Industrial Scale: Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act Under the Trump Administration

Tuesday, March 28, 2017
12:00 - 2:00 pm, reception to follow 

Palmer Commons (Forum Hall)
University of Michigan
100 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Please register here

The Trump Administration will be setting precedents for the new Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act (amended Toxic Substances Control Act). This law was the first major environmental statute to be updated in over 20 years and passed with bipartisan support. The new law promises to change how chemicals are evaluated for environmental health hazards. Chemicals from consumer products and industrial processes find their way into our bodies as well as our water, soil, and air. National leaders will discuss implications for research, children's health, equity and policy.

Speakers include Dr. Gina Solomon, Deputy Secretary Cal EPA, and Dr. Tracey Woodruff, UCSF Program for Reproductive Health and the Environment. You may have heard Dr. Woodruff on NPR or To the Point or read her piece in the BNA.  US EPA's Dr. Tala Henry is the division director responsible for risk assessment for the Lautenberg TSCA implementation. Nick Schroeck, J.D., from Wayne State's Transnational Environmental Law Clinic will provide an overview of the new law. 

This event is sponsored by: University of Michigan Lifestage Environmental Exposures and Disease Center (M-LEEaD) and Wayne State Center for Urban Responses to Environmental Stressors (CURES).
Additional Sponsors are: Michigan Public Health Training Center; University of Michigan School of Nursing; Wayne State Law School; Great Lakes Environmental Law Center; U-M Environmental Law & Policy Program; U-M School of Public Health - Epidemiology

The free event is open to the public and it will be live-streamed and recorded for future viewing.  To participate through live-stream click on the live-stream link during the event (no pre-registration for remote access).

Please register for the event here:
Career Development

Workshop Title: Epigenetics Boot Camp: Planning and Analyzing DNA Methylation Studies
Dates:  June 19-20, 2017
Location: Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, New York, NY
Website: Basic information can be found here with more details coming soon
Interested in Boot Camp updates? Subscribe here for updates on registration opening and deadlines.

The June 2017 Epigenetics Boot Camp will led by Dr. Andrea Baccarelli and colleagues from Columbia University, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute.
This two-day intensive workshop of seminars and hands-on analytical sessions will provide an overview of concepts, techniques, and data analysis methods utilized in environmental epigenetics studies. Students and investigators at all career stages are welcome.
There is a limited capacity for this workshop. An announcement with registration information and more details will be posted on the website. In the meantime, questions can be directed to

Career Development opportunities are regularly added to the M-LEEaD website here:

M-LEEaD Featured Core
This month, a Community Outreach and Engagement Core (COEC) publication was featured in the Partnerships for Environmental Public Health (PEPH) Newsletter.   Please read their feature below!

Case Study Highlights How Community Partnerships Inform Research Translation

Volume 8, Issue 3: March

In a new publication, NIEHS grantees describe a case study in multidirectional communication of environmental health science in community settings. The team emphasizes the benefits of partnerships with community groups and other stakeholders to enhance development of educational tools for Detroit area residents.

"Stakeholder partnerships are very powerful collaborations in a research effort. For example, when the community contributes to the direction of a project, it helps to ensure their overarching needs are met at the ground level. Research that embraces this approach can often be translated to action much more quickly than if it is done in isolation" said Stakeholder Advisory Board (SAB) Co-lead Donele Wilkins.

The fact sheets, video, and maps that were developed are relevant for diverse audiences, including the public, educators, health practitioners, and policy makers. These tools aimed to improve public health and reduce health inequalities in the community. Together, the communication materials:
• Describe the pattern of local air pollution sources in the community;
• Convey how air pollution, through the mechanism of oxidative stress, is associated with chronic health problems; and
• Show the distribution of accessible antioxidant rich foods in the community, which are important for reducing oxidative stress in the body.

The paper describes the iterative process between researchers and Community Outreach and Engagement Core (COEC) members from the NIEHS-funded Michigan Center on Lifestage Environmental Exposures and Disease (M-LEEaD) and an SAB to develop educational tools that were relevant to the community's environmental health concerns.

 "One of the strengths of multidirectional communication in research is that it assumes all parties add value in discovering solutions to health disparities," noted Wilkins. The SAB members helped identify air pollution and associated chronic health conditions, such as asthma, metabolic syndrome, obesity, diabetes, and cancer, as a priority concern for Detroit residents. M-LEEaD scientists explored research questions relevant to these topics and reviewed the educational materials for scientific accuracy. SAB and COEC members ensured that the images, language, and dissemination strategy appropriately reached the desired audience.

 The team notes that while the materials may be most relevant to Detroit, they emphasize how this process may be useful to similar projects using community-engaged research approaches. "This work helps to bring clarity to overarching health issues commonly experienced in marginalized communities, makes connections between environmental exposures and health outcomes, and will ideally reduce the burdens that may result from those exposures," said Wilkins.

Congratulations to the COEC team!
Please contact Carol Gray at for more information. 
Upcoming Events:

WHO: Veronica Beroccal
WHAT: Environmental
Statistics Seminar
Univ of MI M-LEEad
Integrated Health Sciences

WHEN: Tuesday, March 21,
2017 at 12:00 pm


Please contact Meredith
for more information.

 Kelly Bakulski
(U-M School of Public Health),
    Dana Dolinoy
(U-M School of Public Health),   Srijan Sen
(Department of Psychiatry
and Michigan Medicine)

WHAT: Science Café:
Can Nutrition, Stress,
and Environmental
Exposures Change
Your DNA?

WHEN: Wednesday,
March 22, 2017
5:30–7:30 p.m.

Conor O’Neill’s Irish Pub

Science Cafés provide an opportunity for audiences to discuss current science topics with experts in an informal setting.  Hors d’oeuvres at 5:30 p.m.; program 6:00-7:30 p.m.
WHO: Dr. Gary
Adamkiewicz,MPH, MEng,
PhD (Harvard School of
Public Health), Dr. Gabriele
Windgasse, PhD
(Columbia University),
Dr. Robert Wright, MD
(Pediatrics Mt. Sinai)

WHAT: University of
Michigan 22nd Annual
Environmental Health
Sciences Research

WHEN: Friday, March 24,

WHERE: Please see
schedule of events here

For more information,
click here

To Register,
click here
WHO:  Tracey Woodruff
(UCSF), Gina Solomon 
(CA EPA), Tala Henry
(Director, Risk Assessment
Div. EPA)

WHAT: Environmental
Practice Workshop
Univ of MI M-LEEad
Integrated Health Sciences

WHEN: Tuesday, March
28, 2017 at 12:00 - 2:00pm

WHERE: Forum Hall,
Palmer Commons

Please Register here:

Register here
WHO: Dr. Cassandra
Szoeke, PhD, MD

WHAT: MaryFran Sowers
Memorial Lecture

WHEN: Thursday, April 13,


Please contact
Meredith McGehee
for more information.
Theme:  Organizational vs.
activational aspects
Cheryl Walker
Emily Oken  
(cosponsored by human
nutrition and EHS P30)

Theme:  Epigenetics /
Kelle Moley
Barbara Cohn

Theme:  Interventions
Tracy Bale
Teresa Powell

WHAT:  The developmental
origin of metabolic
dysfunctions Symposium

WHEN: Monday,
October 9, 2017

WHERE: Kahn Auditorium

Events can also be
found on the
M-LEEaD website
Reminder to Cite the Center Grant

Per NIH grants policy, all publications, press releases, and other documents relevant to research funded by the center must include a specific acknowledgement of support. For the EHS Core Center, this statement may read:

“Support for this research was provided by grant P30ES017885 from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.”

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