TRACK(S): Environmental Health and Risk Management
Marilyn V. Howarth, MD, FACOEM*, Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology, University of Pennsylvania,
Reynold A. Panettieri, Jr., MD, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA
Richard V. Pepino, MS, MSS, Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
The consequences of hydraulic fracturing (HF) on air and water quality and health outcomes remain unclear. The Environmental Health Sciences Core Centers from the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University performed a pilot study funded by the NIEHS comparing data from the states of New York and Pennsylvania including water quality and healthcare utilization. In this session, faculty will plan to describe these findings including demonstrating that well density of active drilling
sites is significantly associated with health care utilization. The spectrum of health care utilization in HF counties and those without HF will be detailed. Community Outreach and Engagement has been integral to exposure assessment and risk communication. Strategies that
have been used to work with polarized communities with environmental health problems will be summarized. Faculty will illustrate the impact of federal and state regulation on environmental health impacts of HF and
discuss potential environmental health policy using a panel question and answer format. This session is sponsored by the Environmental Health Special Interest Section. This session may be of particular interest to residents and recent graduates.