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PM Conferences

Learn about the Bay Area Air District Advisory Council's conference on mitigating the effects of particulate matter pollution.

POSTPONED: Upcoming Symposium

The Bay Area Air District received an update from Alameda County Public Health and California Department of Public Health recommending cancellation of large meetings for the next 30 days. In an abundance of caution and recognition of the growing concerns around COVID-19, the Air District is postponing the March 24 Particulate Matter Symposium with the Air District’s Advisory Council. In the coming days, we will coordinate with community stakeholders on methods for continued dialog as we develop potential new policies to reduce the health risks of particulate matter in the Bay Area.

The Air District will continue to monitor the situation and together with health officials, determine how to best move forward. We thank you for your interest in this symposium; please continue to visit the Air District's website to learn about opportunities to participate in this important conversation.

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Increasing evidence shows health impacts from fine particulate matter, or PM2.5, can occur well below the current national ambient air quality standards. As impacts in our communities increase with our changing climate, it is important that we reassess the health effects of PM2.5.

This year, the Air District'sAdvisory Council will be convening a four-part symposium series on PM2.5 to facilitate a discussion among nationally recognized scientists, stakeholders, and the Air District to identify the most effective measures to further protect public health. The symposia will shine a spotlight on this public health challenge and share information and tools to inform future policy decisions.

On March 24, the Air District is hosting the second symposium focusing on the health impacts of fine particulate matter. At this symposium, community groups will share information on the local environmental and health impacts of fine particulate matter and potential strategies to reduce PM2.5 in the future. These community presentations will inform a panel discussion with local and state agency representatives on land-use, transportation and potential future policy strategies to reduce community exposure to particulate matter.

POSTPONED - Particulate Matter: Spotlight on Health Protection
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Oakland Marriott City Center
1001 Broadway, Oakland, CA

Keynote Speaker- Daniel Dawes, J.D. 

Nationally recognized health policy expert and author, Daniel E. Dawes J.D. has been at the forefront of recent major U.S. healthcare policy negotiations. Dawes brings a forward-thinking, inclusive, multidisciplinary approach to issues impacting diverse populations in urban and rural communities.

Dawes has written extensively on health reform, health equity, and mental/behavioral health, including the groundbreaking and best-selling health policy book, 150 Years of ObamaCare, which received critical acclaim from a bipartisan group of leaders, including Ambassador Andrew Young, Congressman Patrick Kennedy, U.S. Secretaries of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and Louis Sullivan, Deputy Assistant Secretary Garth Graham, as well as Surgeons General David Satcher and Regina Benjamin.

His newest book, The Political Determinants of Health, answers the question, "How do policy and politics influence the social conditions that generate health outcomes?" Dawes argues that political determinants of health create the social drivers―including poor environmental conditions, inadequate transportation, unsafe neighborhoods, and lack of healthy food options―that affect all other dynamics of health. He was an instrumental figure in shaping the Mental Health Parity Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act, the Affordable Care Act, and other federal policies.

Dawes is the Director of the Morehouse School of Medicine and Associate Lead for Government Relations at Satcher Health Leadership Institute in Atlanta, Georgia. He is an Associate Professor at the H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship at Nova Southeastern University. He has served as a distinguished guest lecturer at Harvard, the University of Chicago, Yale, University of Texas, University of Arizona, Georgetown, and Saint Louis University. Highly respected for his ability to achieve sound policy changes in a nonpartisan manner; Dawes lectures on health law, policy and management while serving on several boards, commissions and councils focused on health equity and health reform. He is an advisor to international, national, regional, state, and municipal policymakers as well as think tanks, foundations, corporations, and nonprofit organizations. He is the co-founder of the Health Equity Leadership & Exchange Network, HELEN, a nationwide network of over 1400 governmental and non-governmental leaders focused on bolstering leadership and the exchange of ideas and information relative to the advancement of evidence-based healthcare-related legislation, regulations, policies, and programs.

 

First Symposium - October 28, 2019

On October 28, 2019, the Air District convened a symposium, at the request of its Advisory Council, to obtain input from leading experts on the best available science concerning impacts of particulate matter.The first symposium took place on October 28, 2019 from 9 AM to 4:30 PM, at the Bay Area Metro Center, 375 Beale Street, San Francisco, California and a summary of the symposium is available.

Topics included:

  • PM health effects:
    • observed health effects from PM exposure
    • affected biological systems
    • knowledge about the mechanisms
    • population groups most at risk
    • most relevant sensitivities and uncertainties
  • PM exposure and risk:
    • PM emissions and sources
    • PM levels in the air
    • community exposure
    • current understanding of PM health risks
    • economic and other costs

Speakers included:

Keynote Speaker – Gina McCarthy

One of the nation’s most respected voices on the environment and public health, former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy is now a Harvard professor leading strategies and actions at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and in the corporate and non-profit sectors. At Harvard TH Chan, she is Professor of the Practice of Public Health in the Department of Environmental Health and the Director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment (C-CHANGE). In this capacity, McCarthy leads the development of the school’s strategy to turn climate and health science into actions that promote a more sustainable and just world. At the Kennedy School, she engages climate science leaders across the university and beyond. McCarthy also serves as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Energy Foundation and Ceres. McCarthy is a former operating advisor at Pegasus Capital.

John Balmes – Professor of Medicine at UC San Francisco and Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at UC Berkeley

Dr. Balmes is a Professor of Medicine at UC San Francisco where he is on the faculty of the Divisions of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. He is also Professor of Environmental Health Sciences in the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley. Dr. Balmes is the Director of the Northern California Center for Occupational and Environmental Health. He leads an active research program and is author of over 300 papers on occupational and environmental health-related topics with many of these dealing with the potential health effects of ambient air pollutants. Dr. Balmes was appointed the Physician Member of the California Air Resources Board in 2008.

H. Christopher Frey, Ph.D., F. A&WMA, F. SRA

Dr. H. Christopher Frey is the Glenn E. Futrell Distinguished University Professor of Environmental Engineering in the Department of Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering at North Carolina State University. Dr. Frey’s research includes quantification of uncertainty in engineering process technologies and emission factors, probabilistic methods for exposure assessment, measurement and modeling of human exposure to air pollution, and measurement and modeling of vehicle emissions. Dr. Frey also is an adjunct professor in the Division of the Environment and Sustainability at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, where he is part of a large team developing an exposure model for Hong Kong. Dr. Frey is a Fellow of the Air & Waste Management Association and of the Society for Risk Analysis. He has a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Virginia, a master of engineering in mechanical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, and Ph.D. in engineering and public policy from Carnegie Mellon.

Scott Jenkins

Dr. Scott Jenkins is a senior environmental health scientist in EPA's Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS). He is currently leading EPA’s review of the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for Particulate Matter (PM). Over the past 15 years, he has also worked on reviews of the NAAQS for other criteria pollutants, including ozone and nitrogen dioxide, and on standards for air toxics. Dr. Jenkins came to OAQPS from the EPA’s Office of Research and Development. Prior to EPA, Dr. Jenkins was a Howard Hughes Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Cell Biology at Duke University. His PhD is in Behavioral Neuroscience from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and his bachelor’s degree is in Psychology from Furman University.

Michael T. Kleinman

Michael T. Kleinman is UC Irvine Professor of Environmental Toxicology and Co-Director of the Air Pollution Health Effects Laboratory in the Department of Community and Environmental Medicine, Adjunct Professor in College of Medicine. He received a Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences from New York University. Dr. Kleinman brings expertise on the health effects of air pollution on animals and humans, as well as the development of analytical techniques for assessing biological and physiological responses to exposure to environmental contaminants and for determining concentrations of important chemical species in air. His current studies involve the inhalation exposures to manufactured and combustion-generated nanomaterials fine and coarse particles using state-of-the-art field exposure systems and real-time physiological monitoring methods. Biological mechanisms related to oxidative stress have been identified after particulate matter exposure, and Dr. Kleinman’s team is also pursuing how these mechanisms affect pathological and physiological changes in the heart and lungs. He currently serves on the Air District Advisory Council.

Julian Marshall

Julian Marshall is the Kiely Endowed Professor of Environmental Engineering at University of Washington with a focus on air quality management. Dr. Marshall founded and runs the Grand Challenges Impact Lab, a UW study abroad program in Bangalore, India. He is also Associate Editor for Environmental Health Perspectives and Development Engineering. Dr. Marshall studies exposure to air pollution, including air pollution health impacts of transportation and electricity, disparities in exposure, and air pollution measurements in low-income countries. He earned a B.S.E. with High Honors in Chemical Engineering from Princeton, an M.S. and Ph.D. in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley, and has published over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles.

Phil Martien

Phil Martien is the Director of the Assessment, Inventory, & Modeling Division at the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. He and his team are focused on compiling and evaluating emissions of air pollutants and greenhouse gases, conducting modeling-based studies to estimate air pollution exposures and impacts, and supporting the Air District's development of prioritized mitigation measures. He led the Air District's Community Air Risk Evaluation Program, which informed California's AB 617 in beginning to unite community organizations, agencies, and businesses to address areas of concentrated air pollution and related health effects in disadvantaged communities. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from UC Berkeley.

Jason D. Sacks, M.P.H.

Jason Sacks is a Senior Epidemiologist in the Center for Public Health & Environmental Assessment within U.S. EPA’s Office of Research and Development. He is the assessment lead for the Particulate Matter Integrated Science Assessment and plays key leadership roles in synthesizing the health effects evidence of air pollution for various National Ambient Air Quality Standards reviews. He has expertise in examining the relationship between short-term exposures to air pollution and mortality, respiratory-related hospital admissions and emergency department visits, and long-term exposure and cancer, with a focus on identifying those populations at greatest risk. Additionally, Sacks collaborates with the Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards within U.S. EPA’s Office of Air and Radiation in conducting both national and international training on U.S. EPA’s Environmental Benefits Mapping and Analysis Program – Community Edition and in communicating the health risks of exposure to PM and wildfire smoke. He received a B.A. from Rutgers University in 1999 and an M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins University in 2003.

Lauren Zeise

Lauren Zeise, Ph.D., was appointed by Gov. Brown as Director of the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment in December 2016 and has been with OEHHA since its inception in 1991. Prior to OEHHA’s creation, she was chief of the cancer unit at the California Department of Health Services and spent several years at the California Public Health Foundation and the U.S. EPA. She played a leading role in OEHHA’s development of CalEnviroScreen, the nation’s first comprehensive statewide environmental health screening tool, which is used to identify the California communities most burdened by pollution from multiple sources and most vulnerable to its effects. She also co-led the team that developed the hazard trait regulation for California’s Safer Consumer Products program, and she has conducted hundreds of health risk assessments. Dr. Zeise earned her doctorate from Harvard University. She is a member, fellow, former editor, and former councilor of the Society for Risk Analysis and was the 2008 recipient of the Society’s Outstanding Risk Practitioner Award.

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