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National Conversation On Public Health And Chemical Exposures

Grayson_Lynn_COLORBy E. Lynn Grayson


The National Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposures is a collaborative project between the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). The project's goal is to develop an action agenda with clear, achievable recommendations that can help government agencies and other organizations strengthen their efforts to protect the public from harmful chemical exposures.

The project's work is divided into six groups formed to research and make recommendations on cross-cutting public health and chemical exposure issues:

  1. Monitoring
  2. Scientific Understanding
  3. Policies and Practices
  4. Chemical Emergencies
  5. Serving Communities
  6. Education and Communication

Draft work group reports now are available at and comments will be accepted through September 20, 2010.

RESOLVE, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing effective use of consensus building in public decision making, is collecting all comments. The work groups will consider all comments submitted in finalizing their reports. The National Conversation's Leadership Council will use the work group reports in developing the action agenda scheduled to be available for public review and comments in December, 2010.