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E-M:/ Cleaning up the Health Care Industry - Seminars - October 16th



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Enviro-Mich message from tracey@ecocenter.org (Tracey Easthope)
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Do you live near a hospital, or work at one?  Are you concerned about a
hospital incinerator in your neighborhood?  Would you like your hospital to
be more environmentally sound? Two seminars planned for Friday, October 16
offer opportunities to learn more about the problem, and about real
solutions being employed by hospitals across the country.

Health care industry practices remain a large source of pollution.  Medical
waste incinerators are the third largest source of mercury in Michigan. All
of Michigan's inland lakes continue to have fish advisories because of
mercury contamination.  Hospital incinerators are also a leading source of
dioxin, a potent poison at levels of concern in the food chain.  A recent
study in Consumer Reports found levels of dioxin at 100 times the safe
level in baby food.  You can learn more about these issues, and the
alternatives that many leading hospitals are employing to reduce their
environmental impact at two events planned for Friday October 16th.  The
events are sponsored by Health Care Without Harm.  The events are described
below.

EVENT #1

Health Care Without Harm
The Campaign for Environmentally Responsible Health Care

Strategies and Tools Workshop
Friday, October 16, 1998
Detroit Institute of Arts
Lecture Hall
5200 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, Michigan

                1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
                Open and Free to the Public

1-2 p.m.        Greening Hospitals from the Inside
                     Laura Brannen- Dartmouth Hitchcock
                                and other health professionals

2-3 p.m.        Greening Hospitals from the Outside
                        Eric Weltman - Toxics Action Center,Boston,
Massachusetts
                        Bill Ravanesi - Health Care Without Harm, Boston,
Massachusetts
                                and other activists

3 - 4 p.m.      Tools You Can Use
Slide Shows, Brochures, Clearinghouses, Web Sites, Reports, List Serves,
Mini-Grants, Videos, Lectures, Consultants.  A review of what's available
and what's in the works.


EVENT #2

The Public Health and Environmental Implications of Medical Waste
For physicians, medical students, and health care providers
Friday, October 16, 1998 at noon

Featured Speaker:
        Dr. Peter Orris, MD, MPH
        Professor of Preventive and Internal Medicine
        Cook County Hospital/Rush Medical College

Location:
        Wayne State University
        School of Medicine
        Scott Hall
        Green Auditorium (3rd Floor)

Lunch provided

For more information contact Tracey Easthope (734) 663-2400 x 109

Dr. Orris is an Attending Physician in the Division of Occupational
Medicine at Cook County Hospital.  He serves as well as the Director of
Research for the University of Illinois' Great Lakes Center for
Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety.  His academic
appointments are at Rush University College of Medicine, University of
Illinois School of Public Health, and Northwestern University Medical
School.

Sponsored jointly by: Physicians for Social Responsibility, Student
Section, and Health Care Without Harm

734-663-2400, extension 109 or Health Care Without Harm at 703-237-2249.
Email: noharm@iatp.org

Health Care Without Harm is a two year old international campaign. To date,
102 organizations have joined together to eliminate the pollution in health
care practices without compromising safety or care. Among these
organizations are the American Nurses Association, the Breast Cancer Fund,
the General Board of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church, the
AFL-CIO, the Center for Health, Environment and Justice, the Endometriosis
Association, Physicians for Social Responsibility, New England Medical
Center, the Sierra Club, New York's Beth Israel Health Care System, and
Catholic Healthcare West.

In Michigan, Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice, the Ecology
Center, Sierra Club, the Hamtramck Environmental Action Team, the
Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council and the Michigan Chapter of the
Vietnam Veterans of America are all part of Health Care Without Harm.


Tracey Easthope, MPH
Director, Environmental Health Project
Ecology Center of Ann Arbor
117 N. Division
Ann Arbor, MI  48104
P 734-663-2400 x 109
F 734-663-2414

*Note new email and area code



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