On May 10th 2018, Women for a Healthy Environment held the 2018 Creating Healthy Communities Conference: Get The Lead Out.

Featuring dynamic, nationally-recognized speakers who discussed the scientific, medical, political and community-based approaches to reducing lead disparities across this region and beyond.

View the conference presentations below.

Bruce Lanphear, MD, MPH

Dr. Lanphear is a Clinician Scientist at the BC Children’s Research Institute and a Professor in the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Keynote Speakers

Pamela Pugh, DrPH

Dr. Pamela Pugh has served as the Chief Public Health Advisor for the City of Flint, Michigan where she is responsible for providing increased capacity for the City of Flint to enhance the health, wellness and resilience of its residents.

David Jacobs, PhD

Dr. Jacobs is the Chief Scientist at the National Center for Healthy Housing in the US. He also serves as Director of the US Collaborating Center for Research and Training on Housing Related Disease.

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Elizabeth McDade, MFA

Elizabeth McDade is the Program Manager for the Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning as well as the Program Coordinator for the Rochester Safe and Efficient Homes Initiative.

Eric Zgodzinski, MPH, RS, CPH

Eric Zgodzinski became an Environmental Health Supervisor at the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department (TLCHD) in 2001.

Jeffrey Howard, PhD

Dr. Howard is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Wayne State University.


Janet Phoenix, MD, MPH

Dr. Phoenix is Assistant Research Professor at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University.

Jennifer Chavez

Jennifer Chavez is a staff attorney in the Washington, DC office of Earthjustice, a non-profit environmental law organization.

Scott Hamelink

Scott Hamelink is from the Lansing Board of Water & Light in Lansing, Michigan. He is the Director of Water Operations in which he is responsible for Water Production and Water & Steam Distribution.


Michael Schock

Michael Schock is a Chemist with the Treatment Technology Evaluation Branch, Water Supply and Water Resources Division, National Risk Management Research Laboratory of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).