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E-M:/ Communicating Health Risks of Contaminated Fish

Enviro-Mich message from "TONY DEFALCO" <DEFALCO@nwf.org>

Posted on behalf of Pat McCann, Minnesota Department of Health

National Risk Communication Conference:  
Effectively Communicating Health Risks from Fish Contaminants

A national conference on the topic of communicating health risks from contaminated fish to hard-to-reach, at-risk populations will take place in Chicago, Illinois, on May 7 and 8, 2001.  Information and registration is available at www.fishrisk.com.

The purpose of the conference is to examine, discuss, and evaluate risk communication methods designed for populations that are exposed and susceptible to contaminants in fish; and are hard to reach because they may not hear, understand, or be receptive to risk information about fish contaminants.  Conference participants have the option of attending interactive sessions to discuss best practices and research needs for improving risk communication with at-risk and hard-to-reach populations.  These recommendations will be part of the conference proceedings.

This conference is intended for anyone interested in effectively communicating risks associated with chemically-contaminated fish.  The agenda will interest state, tribal, federal, and local governments, community groups (including environmental and children's health advocates), health care providers, industry representatives, and academic researchers.  Speakers include experienced risk communicators from academia, Native American tribes, state government, and community-based organizations.  

The conference is co-sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Minnesota Department of Health, and the Society for Risk Analysis.

The meeting agenda, additional information, and registration is available on-line at www.fishrisk.com  or by calling Tanya Bethel, ICES, Ltd., 1-888-202-4237).

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