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Project title Human Health & Well-being in an Age of Environmental Change
Project type(s) School Service,Speaker
Date completed 02/2007
Chapter University of Virginia SOM
Project Coordinator Jason Franasiak
Summary of project A symposium on the relationship between human health and the environment in the contemporary world. The conference consisted of a keynote speaker, a panel discussion, and break out discussion sessions.

The keynote speaker was Dr. Joshua Rosenthal of the NIH Initiative on the Ecology of Infectious Diseases. Dr. Rosenthal's talk addressed the implications of landscape transformation, urbanization, and toxics management on the ecology of infectious diseases and exposures to health-impairing pollutants. He argued for an integrated approach to health in the developing world that incorporates social and environmental planning and stresses prevention.

Panel Memebers: Dr. James Childress: a well-known medical ethicist and former member of Clinton's National Bioethics Advisory Commission. He acted as both moderator and participant in the panel discussion.

Dr. Mark White: professor of commerce at the McIntyre School of Commerce at UVA. His work focuses on the financial aspects of sustainability.

Dr. Robert Swap: professor in the Environmental Sciences Department at UVA and has worked extensively in southern Africa. He has collaborated extensively with the Center for Global Health at UVA.

Dr. Rebecca Dillingham is an infectious disease specialist at UVA with current research on AIDS in Haiti. She also recently began a collaboration with Partners in Health.

Content area Environmental Health
Number of participants 112
Participant hours involved 310 hour(s)
Coordinator roles
Coordinator hours hour(s)
Total project cost $878
Project funding Local chapter funds,AMSA grant,Other grant,Donation
Funding breakdown of sources and/or donations:
Project advertising Avertising was accomplished through healthsystem-wide e-mails, relevant organization list-servs, flyers, and word of mouth.
Success rating
(1 = unsuccesful, 5 = very successful)
Lessons/suggestions The information was quite complex and made smaller group discussion slow to start. However, the facilitators helped guide the conversation.