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Health Policy Day: How all aspects of your environment affect health

Health Policy Day: How all aspects of your environment affect health

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Baylor College of Medicines Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy hosts its annual Health Policy Day. The virtual seminar will focus on environmental justice topics and how our physical, social, and structural environments can affect our health. This year’s event is co-sponsored and sponsored by the Gulf Coast Center for Precision Environmental Health.

These issues will be addressed jointly by Baylor faculty members as well as community leaders.

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Exposure to environmental contaminants can have adverse effects on your health.
Space exploration: Ethics and justice
Environmental impact on infant and maternal health

The program will also feature two keynote speakers. Danielle Deane Ryan, director of equitable climate solutions for the Bezos Earth Fund will speak about clean energy, equity, and philanthropy. Cedric Taylor, visiting professor of environmental justice at University of Michigan, will talk about how to communicate injustice using the powerful lens of documentary.

We are thrilled to virtual bring together experts in science policy, philanthropy and medicine to discuss how we can ensure a healthier and more equitable future. This event will highlight the wide range of social situations that affect health and provide practical, tangible ideas and solutions that can lower health barriers and equalize outcomes.

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Dr. Cheryl Walker is a Baylor professor of molecular, cellular biology and director, Gulf Coast Center for Precision Environmental Health. She said that climate change and increased vulnerability to natural catastrophes make it crucial to understand how the natural environment and man-made chemicals affect our health. Environmental health research has opened up new avenues for treating disease.

The event will take place on Zoom between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. The event is free and open for all, but registration is required. Register here to see the complete event program.

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