Steven Markowitz presents to the 2017 Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference

On April 8th Steven Markowitz MD, DrPH spoke at the 2017 Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conference. His talk "Saving Lives with Low-Dose CT Screening" took place during a section on advancements in diagnosing and treating Asbestos related disease.

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Barry Commoner Center Co-hosts National Day Laborer Organzing Network's Assembly

The Barry Commoner Center for Health and the Environment (BCCHE) co-hosted the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON)’s regional assembly on March 11th and 12th, 2017. About 100 participants representing over 10 affiliated immigrant worker-oriented community-based organizations (worker centers), and invited guests, including Carlos Menchaca, NYC Council member (D-Brooklyn) gathered to discuss current presidential administration immigration policies and organizational responses, as well as strategic planning for the annual assembly to take place in the San Francisco Bay Area later in the year.

BCCHE forged a growing relationship with NDLON after a two-year of collaboration on a research and capacity building project with six member affiliate organizations – La Colmena, New Immigrant Community Empowerment, New Labor, Wind of the Spirit, Workers’ Justice Project, and Workplace Project, and the Labor Institute in partnership with the United Steelworkers, and Make the Road New York. Isabel Cuervo, PhD and Sherry Baron, MD, MPH presented on the outcomes of the partnership.

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Featured Project

The Barry Commoner Center directs the Worker Health Protection Program (WHPP) in conjunction with the United Steelworkers and the Atomic Trades and Labor Council. WHPP, which includes the Early Lung Cancer Detection program (ELCD), provides medical screening for Department of Energy (DOE) nuclear defense facility workers who may have been exposed to radiation and toxic substances such as beryllium, asbestos and industrial solvents. To date, WHPP has screened over 30,000 DOE workers.

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Current Events

On June 8th Rodney Ehrlich, MBChB, PhD will give a special seminar at the Barry Commoner Center for Health and the Environment. Dr. Ehrlich joins us from the School of Public Health and Family Medicine at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. The seminar is titled "Protecting Health Care Workers from TB in High TV/HIV Setting in South Africa: Elements of an Occupational Health Policy."

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