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Environmental Justice and the Future of Environmental Health Research

Join us on Friday, April 28, 2017, at the Rutgers University Inn and Conference Center (178 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick, NJ 08901)​. This event is free and open to the public.

The Issue

The detection of lead leaching into the public water supply in Flint, Michigan, the discovery of perfluorinated compounds in community wells and drinking water supplies across the country, everyday concerns about chronic exposure to compounds in items like shampoo, soap, baby powder and furniture – environmental contaminants and their effects on health are fast becoming a pressing concern among residents and communities.

As individuals learn more about the contaminants in their air, water, soil, food and consumer products, they raise important questions: What contaminants are we putting into our environment, food and consumer products, and how do we assess their safety? How do we enforce our right to know what chemicals go into our bodies? How do we protect ourselves from chemicals, particularly in communities already suffering from multiple social, economic and political inequalities?

The symposium will feature an interdisciplinary group of speakers from the social and health sciences who will present their latest work on contaminated communities and social responses to chronic environmental health hazards. Participants will consider how to encourage greater collaboration among social and health scientists and move the field of environmental health research forward to support environmental justice.


The following Rutgers sponsors made this symposium possible:

Contact Us

Department of Sociology
Davison Hall
26 Nichol Avenue,
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

P  848-932-4029
F  732-932-6067