From YP reader Nancy Swan . . .

Due the the environmental and health crisis from the Gulf Coast oil spill,
you may be interested in participating in the Community Conversation on
Public Health and Chemical Exposure
.

I will lead the Community Conversations at three branches of the Mobile
(Alabama) Public Library. Please help promote attendance by forwarding this
email onto to family, friends, and members of your organizations,
especially those on the LA, MS, AL and FL coast. If possible, please post
on websites and other social media.

Representatives of our federal government health agencies are listening to
and taking notice of our concerns. With the Gulf Coast and our nation
facing an environmental disaster, Mobile and the Gulf Coast have a critical
opportunity to participate by providing community input. The Community
Conversations were scheduled before the oil spill, but since this tragedy,
this event has become more important. Even though the oil spill is a
priority, the topics will cover a broad range of chemical and public health
issues.

At the close of the Community Conversations, I will summarize the comments
and suggestions of the participants. The summary will be posted on Agency
for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry
(ATSDR)/ Center
for Disease Control (CDC)“National Conversation”
website

.
Acccording to the ATSDR, the public’s input will help direct policy,
strategy, authorization, and funding to improve public health and to prevent
chemical exposure and injuries.

These are the locations, dates, and times for (3) Community Conversations
arranged with the Mobile (Alabama) Public Library and posted on the MPL calendar .

Saturday morning , June 12, 10:30 a.m. at the Parkway Branch
Tuesday evening, June 15, 6:30 p.m. at the West Regional Branch
Thursday evening, June 17, 6:30 p.m. at the Moorer/Spring Hill Branch

The ATSDR/CDC selected me to host the Community Conversations as a result of
my participation in the National Conversation on Public Health and Chemical
Exposure in May, my environmental activism in Mobile and on the national
level, and my chemical exposure and
injuries (http://www.nancyswan.com/toxic-justice-a-true-story).

I met with Gov. Bob Riley last April and spoke with him briefly, urging him
to support programs to improve and protect the environmental quality of
Alabama schools. After hearing the story of my chemical injury, at my
request, both Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour
(doc)
and Alabama Gov. Riley
(doc) signed
proclamations for “National Healthy Schools
Day (http://www.nationalhealthyschoolsday.org/)on April 26,2010.”

I represent Healthy Schools Network in Mobile and partner with a number of
national environmental and health organizations. My articles on improving
environmental quality of our schools and reducing chemical injuries have
been published in the MS Sun Herald, the Mobile Press Register and in
newspapers nationwide.