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3300 Peachtree Road NE Atlanta, GA 30305, USA

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Friday, August 11


Using Libraries for Community Resources in Environmental and Health Education

There are diverse communities throughout the country and, most, if not all, still have libraries or access to libraries. We recognize that the existence of libraries is threatened. However, there can be new avenues for libraries to serve the greater community and communities still threatened by a “digital divide”. Libraries can serve as clearinghouses for information and a resource for dissemination of environmental and health information. Many communities, particularly, communities of color, suffer disproportionately from a multitude of diverse health/environmental health and environmental issues. Environmental Justice is a term used to reflect the fact that low-income and/or minority communities have historically been disproportionately impacted by adverse environmental effects. Libraries can help to increase the community’s capacity to understand and participate in defining and addressing their environmental and environmental justice issues. Libraries can serve a multigenerational constituency by providing Internet access as well as print documents. Libraries can also provide access to online mapping and screening tools to assist communities in determining their environmental and/or health risks and present threats (e.g. ToxMap, EJSCREEN). This workshop will provide useful information about library-based health information centers, environmental programming in libraries and grant programs to assist libraries in being a resource for environmental and health/environmental health information.


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Pamela R. Bingham

Project Director, Virginia State University/Environmental Engineer
Ms. Pamela Bingham has demonstrated valued project management with almost 25 years of work supporting education, governments, and corporate and nonprofit sectors. She is an environmental/industrial engineer and community leader committed to food security, environmental sustainability... Read More →
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Wayne Crocker

Director, Petersburg Public Library, Petersburg, VA
Wayne M. Crocker received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree from Virginia State College (now University) in 1978 and went on to receive the Master of Science in Library Service degree from Atlanta University in 1979. He is presently the Director of Library... Read More →

Friday August 11, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm


Climate Change and Its Impact On Communities

Climate change has and will continue to produce an increasing burden on vulnerable populations including children, the elderly, low-income communities of color, and tribes.  Beyond increased burdens on health, climate change impacts will continue to result in the need for a strong, coordinated, and intentional disaster response and ultimate recovery for communities affected by climate-related disasters.  Dr. Mildred McClain and Dr. Yomi Noibi have both committed themselves to increasing awareness of issues around climate change that affect vulnerable populations and communities of color.


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Dr. Mildred McClain

Executive Director, Harambee House, Savannah, GA
Dr. Mildred McClain is co-founder and Executive Director of the Harambee House/Citizens For Environmental Justice, a community based organization whose mission is to build the capacity of communities to solve their problems and to engage in positive growth and development. The organization... Read More →
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Dr. Yomi Noibi

Executive Director, Eco Action – Hercules Program, Atlanta, GA
Dr. Yomi Noibi is the executive director of Environmental Community Action, Inc., (ECO-Action). ECO-Action’s mission is to help communities organize to confront environmental health threats, and to strengthen and facilitate participation of communities in preventing and resolving... Read More →

Friday August 11, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Saturday, August 12


Mindfulness Research and Meditation Practice

According to a recent study, published in the journal Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, practicing mindfulness meditation appears to be associated with measurable changes in the brain regions involved in memory, learning, and emotion. Mindfulness meditation focuses attention on breathing to develop increased awareness of the present. Previous research has demonstrated that mindfulness meditation may reduce symptoms of anxiety, depression, and chronic pain.  The part of NIH that has primary research for mindfulness meditation is the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health.  https://nccih.nih.gov/

Stephanie Phillips has practiced and studied mindfulness for many years.  In this presentation, she will present information on research about the benefits of mindfulness meditation and lead the group in meditation sessions.

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Stephanie L. Phillips

Professor, University of Buffalo School of Law
Stephanie L. Phillips received her J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1981 and is pursuing a master’s degree in theology at Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School.A founding member of the Workshop on Critical Race Theory, Phillips has collaborated with her colleague, Professor Athena... Read More →

Saturday August 12, 2017 1:00pm - 2:00pm

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