WE ACT for Environmental Justice
NIEHS Director will visit Harlem to discuss the Obama Administration's goals for Environmental Health

Scientific Session & Community Dialogue
The Harlem School of the Arts
645 Saint Nicholas Avenue
New York, NY
Tuesday, April 13th, 2010
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm & 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cost: FREE
Linda Birnbaum 
Linda S. Birnbaum, Ph.D., D.A.B.T., A.T.S.
Director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) 
(Photo of Dr. Birnbaum courtesy of NIEHS)
EJ Issue on Climate Change 

What are the emerging issues regarding environmental health in New York City? What are the Obama Administration's priorities for improving environmental health?

Join WE ACT for Environmental Justice on Tuesday, April 13th for the answers to these questions, and to voice your concerns. The afternoon session of WE ACT's groundbreaking "Scientific Session & Community Dialogue" event will feature presentations from scientific researchers on emerging environmental health issues. The evening session will feature NIEHS Director, Dr. Linda S. Birnbaum, who plans to discuss the Obama Administration's goals for improving environmental health. The community forum will also feature a number of local scientist, advocates and researchers representing the US Environmental Protection Agency, the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences, Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Services, WE ACT, the Mailman School of Public Health and the NIEHS Center for Environmental Health in Northern Manhattan.

Where: Harlem School of the Arts
645 Saint Nicholas Avenue (bw 142nd and 143rd streets)
New York, NY 10030
use A, B, C, D to 145th street

When: Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Scientific Session 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Community Forum 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Childcare and Translation (Spanish) will be provided. 

***To RSVP, please call or email Ogonnaya Dotson-Newman at
(347) 465-8483 or
Thank you so much for your continued support of WE ACT's work. We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming Scientific Session & Community Dialogue on Tuesday, April 13th.
10 Ways to Improve New York City's Food System
Manhattan Times article by WE ACT's James Subudhi & Anhthu Hoang
New York City is eating itself into an obese, diabetic and dangerously hot future. This is in part because the design, operation, maintenance and growth of the food system works against the city's interest of healthy and sustainable communities. Our promotion of fast food outlets and highly processed food products has resulted in a runaway epidemic of obesity and diet-related diseases, such as diabetes and coronary heart disease. Our poor food distribution practices have given rise to the oxymoronic coexistence of food deserts and obesity in the South Bronx - according to The New York Times.

Adding to our public health problems, our food practices have added to the rising global temperatures and climate change. Overall, the U.S. food system produces 20% of U.S. greenhouse gases (GHGs). Read more...