William T. Small Jr. Keynote Address
Morning Concurrent Sessions
(A1) Chemical Exposure and Farmworker Health - Azalea AB
Harsh working conditions make farmworkers particularly susceptible to heath-related illnesses, pesticide exposure, repetitive motion and muscle strain injuries, injuries from falls and equipment, contact dermatitis and green tobacco sickness. Farmworkers suffer from the highest rate of toxic chemical exposure and injury of any worker in the U.S. This session will address the health risks of chemical exposure among farmworkers and their families in the workplace and home.
(A2) The Health Implications of Geographically-Bounded Communities - Sunflower
Populations of color who live in geographically-bounded communities are exposed to conditions that have a negative effect on their health. This condition may be an exposure to an environmental hazard. In other cases, public health, economic, transportation and educational infrastructures which have eroded create conditions that decrease the quality of life and vitality of these communities. This session will discuss the health status of populations that are restricted to these environments.
(A3) Neighborhood Quality: Access & Quality of Life - Dogwood
Our living environment has a great impact on our physical and mental wellbeing. Access to grocery stores, schools, banks, and other services also contribute to our sense of wellbeing. This session will explore how neighborhood quality issues affecting predominately minority neighborhoods contribute to health disparities.
(A4) Obesity, Physical Activity and the Built Environment - Redbud AB
Regular physical activity is associated with decreased risks of heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. The establishment of programs in nutrition and the existence of recreational facilities can play an important role in promoting physical activity. This session will discuss the characteristics of low income and minority neighborhoods, and the changes thereof, which could decrease obesity among low-income and minority populations.
(A5) Transportation Corridors and the Spread of Disease - Mountain Laurel AB
Transportation corridors can contribute to the occurrence of several health problems such as the transmission of STDs and cancer. Sexual networks along transportation corridors are highly intertwined and can result in the increased spread of STDs. The concentration of industrial facilities along transportation corridors increases the exposure of neighboring communities to harmful pollutants. This session will discuss the relationship between transportation corridors and disease prevalence.
Afternoon Concurrent Sessions
(B1) Children and Exposure to Indoor Pollutants - Azalea AB
Numerous studies have identified childhood exposures to pesticides, industrial byproducts, lead, and allergens as four of the most important environmental health problems facing children today. Recent reports indicate dramatic rises in asthma and allergy prevalence. This session will focus on these specific topics in children's environmental health including the special vulnerabilities of children, environmental justice, and ways to address issues of indoor air quality.
(B2) Disability and the Built Environment - Dogwood AB
The built environment poses a number of physical challenges to persons with physical disabilities, an often-overlooked minority population. This session will address the concept of Universal Design-conforming the physical environment to the needs of people rather than people conforming to the restrictions of the environment, and improving the accessibility of service delivery systems, such as mammography clinics, medical clinics and domestic violence shelters.
The lack of affordable housing forces many households to divert resources from health-related expenditures such as food and preventive care to pay from shelter. Further, the segregation of households by income, race and ethnicity can isolate populations into neighborhoods with limited economic, social and physical resources. This session will examine the contributions of housing to health and health disparities.
(B4) Mobility and Health - Sunflower
Many physical barriers limit the ability of populations to access services located inside and outside their communities and enjoy their community resources. Inadequate public transportation creates a problem for residents in low-income neighborhoods trying to access jobs and healthcare services. Infrastructure such as debilitated sidewalks and uneven pavement limit the opportunities for activities like walking. This session will discuss the impact of mobility, or a lack thereof, on health status.
(B5) Occupational Health and Social Justice - Mountain Laurel AB
In 2001, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration reported 5.2 million injuries and illnesses among workers in the United States. People of color are disproportionately affected by occupation related diseases such as lung cancer as well as fatal work injuries. This session will provide an overview of occupational health concerns impacting workers of color and discuss advocacy efforts to increase workplace safety in North Carolina.
The Built Environment: Challenges and Pathways towards Building a Healthier Future
In this panel discussion all conference participants and guest speakers will bring questions to expert panelists. Questions derived from the breakout sessions can be addressed in addition to questions related to a particular field of interest, as they relate to health disparities and the built environment. Come ready to share.
|Last updated May 03, 2012|