APHA 2014 People Public Power Series PDF Print E-mail



142nd Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association

Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

New Orleans, LA

November 15 - 19, 2014



Panel - Why Neighborhood Matters in Assessing

Environmental Health Risks


Tuesday, November 18, 2014 ~ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm



DR. BEVERLY WRIGHT,Executive Director of Dillard University Deep South Center of Environmental Justice

Dr. Beverly Wright the founding director of the Dillard University Deep South Center for Environmental Justice (DSCEJ). For over two decades, she has been a leading scholar and advocate in the environmental justice arena. She has created a unique Center, formerly at Xavier University, and currently at Dillard University in New Orleans, Louisiana. The DSCEJ is one of the few community/university partnerships that addresses environmental and health inequities in the Lower Mississippi River Industrial Corridor and the Gulf Coast Region. For more information about the conference, please go to https://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual .

HBCU Climate Change Initiative – Moving forward from the Big Apple to the Big Easy PDF Print E-mail

Over 400,000 people gathered for the People’s Climate March on Sunday, September 21, 2014 to send a message to the world that now is the time for our nation to take responsibility in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The HBCU Climate Change Initiative student and faculty delegation descended on New York with 105 representatives from Dillard University, Florida A & M University, Grambling State University, Howard University, Lincoln University, Southern University Baton Rouge, Spelman College, Tennessee State University, Texas Southern University, and Xavier University of Louisiana.

Free Hazardous Waste Worker Training PDF Print E-mail

Dillard University’s Deep South Center for Environmental Justice Education and Training Institute (DU/DSCEJ) is offering free classes for certification in Hazardous Waste Worker Training that is required by local, state and federal agencies to conduct work in this field.  The classes will be offered FREE of charge and is funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).  The DSCEJ is striving to reach minority and small businesses, first responders, and union workers to provide the training necessary to meet federal safety standards. The DSCEJ will provide training for qualified individuals and organizations listed below:


  • Minority and Small Businesses
  • First Responders
  • City Government
  • Medical Workers
  • Unions
  • Other workers at- risk from exposure to hazardous materials
Louisiana residents travel to Galena Park to support EPA Refinery Rule PDF Print E-mail

Twenty-four residents representing eight Louisiana communities traveled to Galena Park, Texas on August 5, 2014 in support of the US Environmental Protection Agency Refinery Rule to force petroleum refineries to reduce toxic air emissions. The Deep South Center for Environmental Justice in partnership with Advocates for Environmental Human Rights organized a group of community residents who have suffered both physical and psychological health problems from toxic chemical exposure due to emissions from nearby refineries in their community. There are currently 142 petroleum refineries in the United States. Exposure to toxic air pollutant emissions can cause upper respiratory problems and can increase the risk of developing cancer.

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