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Healthy Environments Across Generations

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Open the conference E-book
(this book is still evolving; input is welcome at info@healthandenvironment.org)

On June 7-8, 2012 over a hundred and fifty participants gathered at the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) for the "Healthy Environments Across Generations" meeting which focused on the impacts that multiple, interacting environments can have on health (including the socioeconomic, chemical, food, built, natural, and psychosocial environments) as well as intergenerational and creative approaches to improve public and planetary health. CHE partnered with NYAM, AARP, the US EPA, The Intergenerational School, WE ACT for Environmental Justice, The Whole Child Center, and Gray is Green, along with over 60 co-sponsors, to put on this event.

"Healthy Environments Across Generations" was planned as a 'unconference' from the beginning. The absence of PowerPoint, the presence of conversational formats, the integration of the arts and music, the amplification of our collective experience through social media, sketches and videography, the lack of disciplinary boundaries, and the openness to creative thinking made this conference more than an event, but part of a mental shift toward collective, positive action based on hope, rather than fear.

We invite all to view the conference E-book (at right).

Keep up with the conversation started at the conference by following us on Twitter at #HEGen! and on Facebook

Visit CHE's Healthy Aging and the Environment Initiative webpage

WHAT'S NEW FROM THE CONFERENCE?

January 2013: Don’t miss the first CHE e-book, Healthy Environments Across Generations, highlighting key issues regarding the influences of the chemical, food, built, psychosocial, and socioeconomic environments on health across the lifespan. Included are video  interviews with experts in many disciplines, well as and recommendations for collaborative initiatives to help promote health, from the conference. In addition, check out the 4-minute video summary of the conference on the last page of the e-book.

On July 18, 2012 Elise Miller, MEd, director of CHE and Ted Schettler, MD, MPH, science director of SEHN and CHE, spoke on Progessive Radio Network's program "Connect the Dots" about environmental health and the conference. Take a listen to the program!

Steve Burdick sketched throughout the conference, capturing highlights, poignant moments and memorable quotes. Steve's sketchbook is now available for download (PDF). Take a look and see what took place through the lens of an artist!


Some photos have captions describing who and what is in the picture. These are available by clicking on a photo when it appears in the slide show.

Over one and a half days the conversations were built on questions starting with "what are the key issues?" and "what is working now and why?" to "how do we get to the future we want?" We ended with vibrant summaries of what we had learned and found inspirational, and with innovative suggestions about where we go from here. There was broad consensus for organizing other gatherings and sessions at existing annual conferences using the successful format we implemented at NYAM--namely, integrating discussions on multiple environments that influence health with intergenerational perspectives and artistic expression. Initial conversations were held about planning events in New York, Cleveland, Washington and San Francisco, which would include these themes. We are also working to develop an E-book, based on the extraordinary array of materials and expressions of the conference, and to prioritize next steps for a variety of potential collaborative initiatives.

Additional Conference Information

“Content Framers” included: Donna Butts, Generations United; Gail Christopher PhD, the Kellogg Foundation; Sarita Daftary, East New York Farms; Nancy Henkin PhD, The Intergenerational Center Temple University; Richard Jackson MD MPH UCLA, School of Public Health; Natalie Jeremijenko PhD, NYU Environmental Health Clinic; Kim Knowlton PhD, NRDC; Philip Landrigan MD MSc, Mount Sinai Medical Center; Rick Moody PhD, AARP; Ken Olden PhD ScD, CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College; Frederica P. Perera, DrPH, Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health; John Rother JD, National Coalition on Health Care; Ted Schettler MD MPH, Science and Environmental Health Network; Peggy Shepard WEACT for Environmental Justice; David Shuffle, Youth Ministries for Peace and Justice; Erika Svendsen PhD, US Forest Service; Gordon Walker, MSc, Jefferson Area Board for Aging; David Wallinga MD MPA, Institute of Agriculture and Trade Policy; Peter Whitehouse MD PhD, The Intergenerational School.

For more information: Erika Sanders, CHE Administrative Coordinator at info@healthandenvironment.org or 360-331-7904

 

The gathering was documented on film and paper by llustrator Stephen Burdick and videographer Paul Santomenna of Strategic Narratives.

Many thanks to the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence at Case Western Reserve University for sponsoring three students who staffed the social media team under the guidance of Dr. Danny George, and the National Center for Creative Aging who sponsored our "Breath of Fresh Art" team of artists from Kairos Dance (Maria Genne), Moving Beauty (Anthony Hyatt) and Big Woods Theater (Cris Anderson) who inspired the proceeedings with guided movement, song and dance. Thanks also to musician Tina Lear for her special performance and event anthem.

Thank you to our Co-sponsors

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AARP

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Alliance for Aging Research

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American Academy of Pediatrics

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American Geriatrics Society

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American Planning Association

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American Society on Aging

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American Society of Landscape Architects Healthcare & Therapeutic Garden Network

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Beth Johnson Foundation

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California Black Women's Health Project

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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Center for Health, Environment & Justice (CHEJ)

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Children & Nature Network

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Children's Environmental Health Center at Mount Sinai Medical Center

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Children's Environmental Health Network

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Collaborative on Health and the Environment

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Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health

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Cornell Institute for Translational Research on Aging

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CUNY School of Public Health at Hunter College

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Dance Exchange

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Generations United

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Gerontological Society of America

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Grassroots Environmental Education

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Gray is Green

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Gray Panthers NYC/Gray and Green Coalition

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Health and Aging Policy Fellows

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HealthBarn USA

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Health Care Without Harm

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Healthy Schools Network, Inc.

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Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence at Case Western Reserve University

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Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP)

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The Intergenerational School

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Intergenerational Urban Institute Worcester State University

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International Longevity Center at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health

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International Society of Doctors for the Environment (ISDE)

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Kairos Dance/Dancing Heart™

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The John Merck Fund

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Learning Disabilities Association of New York State

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National Center for Creative Aging

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National Center for Healthy Housing

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National Council on Aging

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National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF)

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Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)

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New Partners for Community Revitalization

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New York Academy of Medicine

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New York Center for Alcohol Policy Solutions/New York Alcohol Policy Alliance

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The Orchard Foundation

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Partnership for a Healthier New York City

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Partnership for Youth Empowerment Global (PYE)

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Penn State Intergenerational Program

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Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA)

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Physicians for Social Responsibility New York City

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Project for Public Places

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Smart Growth America

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Temple University Intergenerational Center

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Trust for America’s Health

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US EPA Aging Initiative

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US EPA Region 2

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Harry and Jeannette Weinberg Foundation

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WEACT for Environmental Justice

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The Whole Child Center

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W. K. Kellogg Foundation

 

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