September 29, 2014

Kat Bawden, community engagement coordinator with the Research Translation Core (RTC), attended the Environmental Protection Agency’s 2014 National Forum on Contaminants in Fish last week in Alexandria, Virginia. There she presented a poster on the initial results of UNC SRP’s pilot program to evaluate the effectiveness of educational material for anglers on the risks of consuming fish from PCB- and mercury-contaminated waters near Raleigh, North Carolina.

The conference was organized into 6 distinct sections: fish sampling and analysis; federal, state, and tribal advisory coordination; algal blooms and fish consumption as an emerging public health issue; risk assessment, epidemiology, and toxicology; health benefits and risk management from consuming fish; and communicating fish advisory information to the public.

“It was a fantastic opportunity to learn from leading experts in the field of environmental health and risk communication, and learn what other health outreach workers in the country are doing to help people learn about the benefits and risks of consuming fish,” said Bawden.

Participants included researchers from the EPA, Food and Drug Administration, and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, as well as representatives from state departments of natural resources and public health, university researchers, and community health outreach workers and educators.

The poster was also presented simultaneously at the 2014 PEPH Annual Meeting at NIEHS in Research Triangle Park, NC, by Sarah Yelton, environmental education coordinator for the RTC.

SRP Group at National Fish Forum Sep 14 2014

From top left to right: Gretchen Kroeger, Duke SRP ; Kat Bawden, UNC SRP; Savannah Volkoff, Duke SRP; Kate Crawford, Boston University SRP; Marcella Thompson, Brown SRP; Wendy Heiger-Bernays, Boston University SRP. Front, left to right: Trina von Stackelberg, Harvard SRP; Melissa Dreyfus, U.S. EPA Office of Superfund Remediation and Technology Innovation.

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