Community Forum to Address Health Concerns Related to Past Groundwater Contamination on Tucson’s South Side

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August 27, 2017 - 1:00pm
Pima County Herbert K. Abrams Public Health Center 3950 S. Country Club Road, Tucson
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Environmental health experts from the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health will host a “community teach-in” on Sunday, Aug. 27, 1 to 5 p.m., at the Pima County Herbert K. Abrams Public Health Center, 3950 S. Country Club Road.

The event is open to the public and will provide a forum for community members to express health concerns, receive education from experts and work collaboratively with agencies to address community needs.

“The purpose of the teach-in is to share what we know today about the water and the health of the community on Tucson’s south side. We welcome community members to lead the discussion, share their health concerns and help guide next steps,” said Paloma Beamer, PhD, associate professor and environmental engineer in the UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.

A panel of experts in environmental health, toxicology, community health research and water safety will be available to answer questions on the following topics:

Panel A: What we know about the water and the community’s health

  • Francisco Garcia, MD, MPH, director, Pima County Health Department
  • Jeff Biggs, Tucson Water
  • Mazda Shirazi, MD, PhD, medical director, Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center, UA College of Pharmacy

Panel B: Investigating community health concerns for the future

  • Paloma Beamer, PhD, MS, UA Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health
  • Kenneth Ramos, MD, PhD, PharmD, associate vice president of precision health sciences, University of Arizona Health Sciences
  • Ben Gerhardstein, MPH, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services


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