WASHINGTON, D.C. – I have attended dozens of public health conferences over the years. However, I am especially excited about participating in the 139th American Public Health Association (APHA) Conference & Exposition held this year at the Convention Center in Washington, DC since I will be signing my latest book, Environmental Health and Racial Equity in the United States: Building Environmentally Just, Sustainable, and Livable Communities, at 2:00pm, October 31, 2011.
The APHA conference is the oldest and largest gathering of public health professionals in the world, attracting more than 13,000 national and international physicians, administrators, nurses, educators, researchers, epidemiologists, and related health specialists. APHA's meeting program addresses current and emerging health science, policy, and practice issues in an effort to prevent disease and promote health. This new book, my sixteenth written over the past two decades, is published by APHA Press and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and examines the relationship between a community’s physical environment and health burdens through a racial equity lens. People of color and those with lower income and lower wealth have long borne an unequal burden of environmental health threats in the United States compared to the general population. The poorest of the poor within the United States have the worst health and live in the most degraded environments. One of the most important indicators of an individual’s health is one’s street address or neighborhood. Residents who live on the “wrong side of the tracks” are subjected to elevated environmental health threats. This new book captures the current state of the environmental justice movement and its work around health and racial equity over the past 25 years. While mounting grassroots mobilization efforts over the past three decades has resulted in protective new laws and regulations, people of color neighborhoods continue to serve as “dumping grounds” for polluting facilities, making them more vulnerable to all kinds of health threats and exacerbating disparities.
Ordering Information: Published by APHA Press, Environmental Health and Racial Equity in the United States: Building Environmentally Just, Sustainable, and Livable Communities, 978-087553-0079, 450 pages, softcover, $70.00 ($49.00 APHA member price) plus shipping and handling. To order, call toll free 888-320-APHA; fax 888-361-APHA; e-mail
or visit www.aphabookstore.org.