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This year's One Health One Planet symposium will be held virtually! Please see below for new dates and updated information.

2020 One Health One Planet™ Symposium
"One Health and the Air We Breathe" 
Oct. 19 – 23; noon – 2 p.m. daily

A virtual symposium

The 2020 One Health One Planet symposium will focus on the topic of air quality. Pittsburgh’s air quality ranks in the dirtiest 8 percent of U.S. cities, contributing to higher rates of heart and lung disease and other serious health issues. At this year’s symposium, you’ll join attendees and experts from across the country to discuss this critical issue and explore ways to address it.

One Health One Planet™ Schedule

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Phipps has approved professional continuing education credits for M.D.s, D.V.M.s. The Pennsylvania Medical Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™. Physician should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Keynote Speaker: Heather McTeer Toney

Heather McTeer Toney serves as the National Field Director for Moms Clean Air Force, an organization of over 1 million moms and dads committed to fighting air pollution and protections against climate change. Prior to coming to Moms, Heather served as the first African-American, first female and youngest mayor of Greenville, MS. In 2014, she was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as Regional Administrator for Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Southeast Region. She has appeared on news outlets such as CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, and Democracy Now!; and has written for and been featured in numerous papers including The New York Times and The Washington Post. McTeer Toney was featured in the May 2005 issue of Essence Magazine as one of the 50 Most Remarkable Women in the World. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Spelman College in Atlanta and a law degree from the Tulane University School of Law. She loves triathlons and bacon, and at any time can be found chasing her toddler or riding in old classic cars with her husband and daughter.

Symposium Sessions and Speakers

The 2020 One Health One Planet symposium will focus on the topic of air quality. Pittsburgh’s air quality ranks in the dirtiest 8 percent of U.S. cities, contributing to higher rates of heart and lung disease and other serious health issues. 

The four sessions of the symposium will seek to explore the following topics related to air quality:

Climate Change and Air Quality – Second Keynote

  • Neil Donahue, Ph.D. – Thomas Lord Professor; Director of Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education and Research, Carnegie Mellon Univeristy

Session 1: Outdoor Air Quality and Health

  • Sally Wenzel, M.D. – Professor of Medicine; Chair, Department of Occupational and Environmental Health, University of Pittsburgh
  • Matt Mehalik, Ph.D. – Executive Director, Breathe Project
  • Myron Arnowitt – State Director for Pennsylvania, Clean Water Action

Session 2: Environmental Racism

  • Camila Rivera-Tinsley – Director of Education, Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy
  • Gretchen Goldman, Ph.D. – Research Director at the Center for Science and Democracy, Union of Concerned Scientists
  • Jamil Bey, Ph.D. – President and CEO, UrbanKind Institute

Session 3: Indoor Air Quality and Health

  • Linda Wigington – ROCIS Team Leader, ROCIS Pittsburgh
  • Meghan Scanlon, WELL AP – Wellness and Sustainability Specialist, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
  • Nsedu Witherspoon, MPH – Executive Director, Children's Environmental Health Network
  • Debra J. Romberger, M.D. – Henry J. Lehnhoff Professor and Chair, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Session 4: Fracking, the Cracker Plant and Policy

  • John Stolz, Ph.D.– Director of the Center for Environmental Research and Education, Environmental Microbiology Professor, Duquesne University
  • Jim Fabisiak, Ph.D. – Associate Professor, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health; Director of the Center of Healthy Environments and Communities, University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health
  • Ned Ketyer, M.D., F.A.A.P. – Retired Pediatric Physician, Pediatric Alliance; member, American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Environmental Health; board member Physicians for Social Responsibility – Pennsylvania; SWPA Environmental Health Project

Lightning Talks

This year's symposium will also feature five-minute lightning talks by local Pittsburgh leaders in air quality improvement, including:

Kara Rubio, Women for a Healthy Environment
Rachel Filippini, GASP— Group Against Smog and Pollution
Rachel Filippini is the executive director of the Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP).  GASP works to improve air quality throughout southwestern Pennsylvania through education, advocacy, policy and legal work.  Rachel has been with the organization since 2001. She has a degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Pittsburgh.  She has succeeded in spearheading Allegheny County air quality legislation, increasing GASP's educational work in local communities and schools, and continuing to keep air pollution issues in the public eye.  In 2009, Rachel was named one of Pittsburgh’s 40 under 40, and in 2011 one of the Women and Girls Foundation’s “Women Greening the Pittsburgh Region.”  Rachel was appointed to Allegheny County’s Air Pollution Control Advisory Committee in 2017 and she also serves on the board of Pittsburgh United. 
Ariam Ford-Graver, Grounded Strategies
Nida Rehman and students from Carnegie Mellon University's Masters of Urban Design course
Yen-Chia Hsu, CREATE Lab — The Community Robotics, Education and Technology Empowerment Lab
Yen-Chia Hsu is a computer scientist with an architectural design background. He participated in the design, implementation, deployment, and evaluation of the SmellPGH system, a mobile application that enables citizens to submit odor reports. More information about him can be found here.

Panel Moderators

Dr. Joylette Portlock, Executive Director of Sustainable Pittsburgh
Dr. Neil E. Brown, Research Associate at UrbanKind Institute
Dr. Erica Cochran Hameen, Architectural Designer and Assistant Professor at Carnegie Mellon University
Patricia M. DeMarco, Ph.D., author of Pathways to Our Sustainable Future — A Global Perspective from Pittsburgh
Ramsha Khan, student at University of Pittsburgh, Discovery Education Specialist at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens
Sherrise Plater, former intern, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens High School Internship Program
Jeremiah Morris, former intern, Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens High School Internship Program

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About One Health One Planet™

We are seeing unprecedented changes in the earth’s environmental and physical processes. Climate change, air pollution, reduced availability of clean water, and persistent toxic chemicals threaten human, animal, and environmental health and well-being.

To build a shared interdisciplinary vision of “health” and serve as a catalyst for positive change, Phipps Conservatory brings together leaders to explore global and local environmental issues and their effects on human, animal and environmental health through the One Health Initiativea movement that forges collaborations among physicians, veterinarians, environmental and health sciences, and environmentally-related disciplines, promoting strategies to expand interdisciplinary understanding and communication in all aspects of healthcare for humans, animals and the environment.

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One Health One Planet™ 2018 Symposium Highlights

On March 7 – 8, 2018 the second-annual One Health One Planet symposium united thought leaders across disciplines to discuss Chemicals of Concern in the Environment, from routes of exposure and potential impacts to actions that the public can take to minimize risk with thought leaders from Université de Montréal, Carnegie Mellon University, Environmental Working Group, Environmental Health Sciences and elsewhere.

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