Iowa Conference on Emerging Environmental Health Issues
Abstract: The Iowa Conference on Emerging Environmental Health Issues was held on the campus of the University of Iowa on September 23-24, 1997. The conference was co-sponsored by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, the Roy J. Carver Charitable Trust, the Robert L. Morris Memorial Fund, the University of Iowa Hygienic Laboratory, and the Center for Health Effects of Environmental Contamination (CHEEC) at the University of Iowa. The conference was one of a series of conferences, workshops and other educational forums held during 1997 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Iowa Groundwater Protection Act, landmark legislation that established a wide variety of water programs in Iowa. Conference speakers discussed ongoing research, current policy issues, and potential prevention and control measures on three emerging environmental health topics including drinking water disinfection by-products, synthetic organic chemicals and birth defects, and endocrine disrupting chemicals. Conference goals were to educate the public, public health professionals, environmental scientists, and water industry professionals on the utility of environmental health research by demonstrating potential impacts on public health in Iowa; to establish the importance of interdisciplinary research, collaboration and communication by identifying and addressing emerging environmental health concerns, with the goal of defining prevention programs and control strategies; and to showcase the leadership and collaborative role Iowa institutions have played in conducting and assessing research on emerging environmental health issues.