The American Nurses Association (ANA) Center for Occupational and Enviornmental Health provides the following information received from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) and CDC's National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH):
Here is an exciting opportunity for your environmental health task forces or other local nurses to become involved in the National Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposures.
About the Project: The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) and CDC's National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) have launched a National Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposures, working with government, professional organizations, tribal groups, community and nonprofit organizations, health professionals, business and industry, and members of the public to create a national action agenda. The agenda will outline how the United States can meet public health goals and achieve the National Conversation’s vision that the United States will use and manage chemicals in ways that are safe and healthy for all people.
A series of six workgroups have been initiated to work on this project. ANA is represented on the Chemical Emergencies workgroup.
For more information about the project, go to: www.atsdr.cdc.gov/nationalconversation/index.html.
Local Opportunity to Be Involved:
National Conversation partners have developed a Community Conversation Toolkit to assist interested individuals in hosting local meetings to gather input on public health and chemical exposure issues. The National Conversation team will post results from each conversation on a publicly available Web site. In addition, the team will summarize major themes and ideas from the community conversations in a report that it will post online. This report will be the primary means for providing the results of the community conversations to the Leadership Council and work groups of the National Conversation.
Tools: Join the effort by hosting a community conversation! The National Conversation is seeking individuals interested in hosting a community conversation between May and June of 2010. The toolkit is intended for use by community leaders with an interest in environmental and/or public health issues.
The toolkit can be accessed at: www.atsdr.cdc.gov/Nationalconversation/community_conversations.html.