Global Health, Justice and the Environment Conference


Day 1

September 10, 2019

8:00 a.m.

Light Breakfast and Registration Opens @ Wayne State's Student Center Ballroom - map

8:30 - 8:50 a.m.

Symposium Opening: Welcome and Opening Remarks - Stephen M. Lanier, Ph.D., Vice President for Research, Wayne State University

8:50-  9:30 a.m.

Keynote Address:   Theresa McClenaghan, Executive Director and Counsel, Canadian Environmental Law Association

Intersection of Environmental Law and Poverty Law
A Discussion of the Environmental Health Impacts of Pollution and Poverty in the Great Lakes Region

9:45 - 10:30 a.m.

Themed Session 1: Water and the Health of the Urban Community

Moderator: Carol Miller, Ph.D., Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Wayne State University

Presentation 1 – Bill Shuster, Ph.D., Chair of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Wayne State University

Tradeoffs in Ecosystem Services: Engagement with Vulnerable Citizens in Urban Landscapes

Presentation 2 – Shawn McElmurry, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Wayne State University

New Challenges to Public Health: Decaying Urban Water Infrastructure

Presentation 3 – William Cooper, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California, Irvine

Healthy Urban Water – What will the Future Bring?

10:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Coffee Break

11:00 a.m. -12:00 noon

Debate on One Health & Climate Change


Ijeoma Nnodim Opara, M.D., GHA Co-director; Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Wayne State University; Associate Program Director of the Internal Medicine-Pediatrics residency and attending physician with Wayne State University Physician Group.

Laura Kline, Ph.D., GHA Board of Directors; Director of Global Studies; Sr. Lecturer in Russian, Wayne State University

Issue Statement: A One Health Approach is Critical to Solving the Effects of Climate Change in the United States and Around the World. Or is it?


Marcus J. Zervos, M.D., Assistant Dean of Global Affairs, Wayne State University; Henry Ford Hospital, Division of Infectious Diseases)

Lance Gable, Associate Professor of Law, Wayne State University

Marc Kruman, Ph.D., Director, Center for the Study of Citizenship; Professor of History, Wayne State University

Melinda J. Wilkins, DVM, MPH, Ph.D., Associate Professor, One Health, Public Health and Global Health Education; Acting Chair, Large Animal Clinical Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Michigan State University

12:00 noon - 1:15 p.m.

Lunch Talk:  Okayama University's Transdisciplinary Approach to Urban Health and Environment

Masaharu Seno, Ph.D., Dean, Graduate School of Interdiscipinary Science and Engineering in Health Systems, Okayama University

An Insight into the Onset of Cancer Susceptible to Endocrine Disrupting Compounds

Kazuhiko Demura, Ph.D., Vice Dean, International Affairs, Graduate School of Interdiscipinary Science and Engineering in Health Systems, Okayama University

Remedy and the Solidarity of Heart: Reconsiderations on the Modern History of the Attitudes towards Hansen's Disease in the island in Okayama

1:15 - 2:00 p.m.

Keynote Address 2: Regina Strong, Environmental Justice Public Advocate, Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy

The Way Forward Toward Justice - A Continuum of Change

2:15 - 3:00 p.m.

Themed Session 2: Towards a More Equitable Future: A Focus on Environmental Justice

Moderator: Donna Kashian, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Biological Sciences, Wayne State University

Presentation 1Justin Onwenu, Environmental Justice Organizer, Sierra Club of Michigan

Connecting the dots: evaluating global, national and local challenges and opportunities in the environmental justice movement

Presentation 2 – Monica Lewis Patrick, We the People of Detroit

Mapping the Water Crisis: A Local to Global Perspective

Presentation 3 – Maggie Striz Calnin, Director, Healthy Air Program, Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision

Environmental justice principles in local community based environmental organizations: Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision

3:00  - 3:30 p.m.

Coffee Break

3:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Lightning Talks and Group Discussion

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Poster Session and Reception

Day 2

September 11, 2019

8:00 - 9:00 a.m.

Networking Breakfast

9:00 - 9:40 a.m.

Keynote Address: David Carpenter, Ph.D., Professor of Environmental Health Sciences,  University at Albany, SUNY

Persistent organic pollutants and human disease

9:45 - 10:30 a.m.

Themed Session 3: Environmental Health Research Perspectives: Molecules, Models, Mankind

Moderator: Melissa Runge-Morris, M.D., Executive Director, Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Wayne State University

Presentation 1 – Christine Joseph, Ph.D., Senior Research Epidemiologist, Department of Public Health Sciences and Director, Health Disparities Research Collaborative, Henry Ford Hospital and Health System

Social Determinants of Health: A global and local context

Presentation 2 – Susan Pinney, Ph.D., Professor of Environmental Health, University of Cincinnati; College of Medicine Director, Center for Environmental Genetics Cancer Epidemiology, Control and Prevention; program leader, Cincinnati Cancer Center

Perfluorooctanoate Decreases Insulin Resistance and Changes Anthropometric Parameters with Age in Young Girls

Presentation 3 – Tracie Baker, D.V.M., Assistant Professor, Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and Department of Pharmacology, Wayne State University

Presence and health impacts of environmental contaminants in urban areas

10:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Coffee Break

11:00 - 11:20 a.m.

Closing Session: Guy Williams, President and CEO, Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice

Making a Difference Through Research

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Manuscript Working Group Sessions

Box Lunch Provided