Making the Connection is offered annually by the Wisconsin Environmental Health Network, a group of Wisconsin healthcare professionals and environmental groups who inform healthcare professionals, the public, and policy makers about the effects of environmental toxins on public health. The WEHN develops clinical tools, offers environmental health education, and advocates for strong environmental regulation to protect human health.
Click on the link below to see the conference brochure for the 2015 conference, which is scheduled for February 27, 2015.
Like the WEHN conferences in 2004, 2011-2014, Making the Connection 2015 will focuse on environmental exposures relevant to the health of Wisconsin residents and their health care providers. This includes understanding basic research, assessing and addressing these concerns in our clinical work, and affecting public health policy changes as health care professionals. Click here to see faculty presentations from 2013's and 2014's conference.
Past Making the Connection Conferences have included the following distinguished faculty:
- Anne Eglash, MD, a clinical professor in the Department of Family Medicine, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, on breast milk and environmental toxins. (MTC 2012)
- Lynn Markham, MS, Land Use Specialist at the UW-Extension Center for Land Use Education at UW-Stevens Point spoke about subtle biological effects of pesticides at very low concentrations. (MTC 2012)
- Ted Schettler, MD, MPH, Science Director of the Science and Environmental Health Network and the Collaborative on Health and the Environment, on Environmental Chemicals, Exposures and Effects: A Lifetime Perspective. (MTC 2011)
- Patrice Sutton, MPH, University of California San Francisco Program on Reporductive Health and the Environment, speaking on Reproductive Health and the Environment; What Does the New Science Mean for Clinical Practice? (MTC 2011) Patrice is returning to Madison for Making the Connection 2014.
- Katie Huffling, MS, RN, CNM, Program Director for the Alliance fof Nurses for Healthy Environments and Program Manager, Environmental Health Education Center at University of Mariland School of Nursing spoke on From Knowledge to Action, about incorporating environmental assessment into clinical practice. (MTC 2012)
- Nancy Langston, PhD, Professor, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies & Department of Forst Ecology and Management, UW-Madison, spoke on Endocrine Distrupters, Public Health, and the Legacies of DES. (MTC 2011)
Urge the Army Corps to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement to assess the potential human health and environmental consequences of shipping 360,000 barrels of oil each day down the Columbia River.
Tell Congress that clean water is essential to public health. The Clean Water Rule must be fully enacted.