Oil Spill Health Effects to Be Explored at IOM Workshop June 22-23

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The American Nurses Association (ANA) Dept of Nursing Practice and Policy and the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health present the following notice from the US Department of Health and Human Services:

June 22-23 Public Meeting to Examine Health Effects of Gulf Oil Disaster

At the request of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) will host a public meeting to discuss the possible human health effects -- both short- and long-term -- resulting from the oil spill.  Experts from the scientific community and academia as well as additional stakeholders will review lessons learned from similar disasters, identify groups most at risk for health problems as a result of the spill, and discuss how to prevent and monitor potential health consequences.

The meeting takes place June 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CDT, and continues June 23 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CDT.

Nurses are encouraged to participate, either in person or via the web.  A video webcast of the event that will be available at www.iom.edu/oilspillhealth, for those that cannot attend the meeting in person.

ANA will maintain contact with our government and non-government partners to notify you with any additional information from this environmental and public health disaster, such as adverse health effects surveillance. Both ANA’s disaster preparedness and response – the oil spill is being classified as a chemical disaster – and Principles for Environmental Health will guide our involvement in this crisis.