Consortium for Community-Based Science

Date: May 25, 2011
Time: 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106


6th Floor Conference Room

Event Type: Open to the Public
Fee: Free
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Join us for a monthly networking event geared to build collaborations and address Greater Philadelphia–area environmental hazards. This month's meeting will feature Edward A. Emmett, professor, School of Medicine, and director, Community Outreach and Education Core, Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology, University of Pennsylvania. 

About the Speaker:

Edward Emmett is the director of the Community Outreach and Education Core (COEC) of the Center of Excellence in Enviromental Toxicology (CEET) and director of the Occupational Medicine Residency Program at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a full-time faculty member and physician, and professor and director of academic programs in occupational medicine in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He completed residency training in internal medicine in Sydney, Australia, and in occupational medicine at the University of Cincinnati. He has an M.S. in environmental health from the University of Cincinnati. 

Emmett joined the University of Pennsylvania in 1999 and is a senior fellow in the Center for Public Health Initiatives and a research fellow in the Risk and Decision Processes Center at the Wharton School. He has broad expertise in the effects of the environment on human health and experience working with academia, government, professional bodies, and communities. Emmett has been listed as a top doctor in the Philadelphia region and nationally. 

From 1978 to 1988, he was professor and founding director of the divisions of occupational medicine in the School of Hygiene and Public Health, the School of Medicine, and the Center for Occupational and Environmental Health at Johns Hopkins University. He directed the environmental medicine core at the Johns Hopkins NIEHS Center of Excellence in Environmental Health at that time. From 1988 to 1996 he was chief executive of the Australian National Occupational Health and Safety Commission, a body whose functions overlap with those of OSHA, NIOSH, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and the EPA in the United States, and director of the Australian National Institute for Occupational Health and Safety. Emmett’s research has addressed occupational and environmental skin diseases, ultraviolet radiation effects on skin and eyes, the effects on humans of polyaromatic hydrocarbons, PCBs, organometals, various monomers used in plastics and resins, and other pollutants.  

In recent years Emmett has developed a particular interest in risk communication and in community environmental health. Since 2001 he has been working with the United Auto Workers Union, General Motors Corporation, and Delphi Corporation as their risk communicator to better translate research results into preventive actions by management and employees. Through his studies of perfluorooctanoate exposure in Southeast Ohio, funded by an environmental justice grant from the NIEHS, he has developed the nationally recognized Community-First Method of communicating research findings. In addition, he has created a unique academic community-based residency program to train physicians to specialize in occupational and environmental medicine.

About the Consortium: 

The Consortium for Community-Based Science aims to develop technical resources for neighborhoods concerned about local environmental hazards. Monthly networking sessions bring together:

  • Nonprofit environmental-justice advocates;
  • University researchers and other technical professionals with environmental and public-health expertise; and
  • Public- and private-sector sponsors of local environmental research and action.

Held on the last Wednesday of every month, these sessions provide a forum for participants to share information about potential community-based research projects and upcoming grant opportunities as well as a chance to form working partnerships that address specific local environmental issues.

Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact CHF's Environmental History and Policy Program at

Consortium Members:

CHF's Environmental History and Policy Program

The Public Health and Environmental Justice Law Clinic, The Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia

Clean Air Council

Current Projects:

Air Quality in Hunting Park
Aims: Measure levels of particulate matter and other air pollutants with potential human-health effects in the Hunting Park neighborhood of Philadelphia.

Participants: Hunting Park Stakeholders Group, The Public Health and Environmental Justice Law Clinic, Chemical Heritage Foundation, Clean Air Council, and Drexel University College of Engineering’s EPICS (Engineering Projects in Community Service) Program.

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