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Lake Chapala PEHSU will conduct community outreach services and provide consultations to public agencies and concerned communities about the health effects of water pollution , pesticides and chronic, low-level exposures to mercury Partners Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico (CUCS)

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Activities healthy communities

  • Lake Chapala PEHSUwill conduct community outreach services and provide consultations to public agencies and concerned communities about the health effects of waterpollution, pesticides and chronic, low-level exposures to mercury

  • Partners

    • Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico (CUCS)

    • Harvard School of Public Health (Env Health)

    • Commission for Environmental Cooperation


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“ Of all our natural resources,water has become the most precious… In an age where man has forgotten his origins and is blind even to his most essential needs forsurvival,water along with other resources has become the victim of hisindiference”

R Carson, Silent Spring

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Activities

HEALTHY COMMUNITIES

  • sustainable training programs at the long, intermediate and short-term formats

  • community outreach services and research programs addressing environmental health risk in vulnerable populations (i.e., young children and pregnant women)


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ECOSYSTEM APPROACH TO COMMUNITY HEALTH

To build a bridge between the strategy of integrated environmental management and public health (Ecohealth).

For local, regional, and national decision-makers responding to communities’ health concerns, this approach may provide a flexible process that can also point the way toward viable long-term solutions.


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Goals

  • To increase communication and cooperation among Mexico’s institutions (e.g., SEMARNAT, CONAGUA, INE, Ministry of Health), as well as among other CEC country members (the U.S. and Canada).


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Sept 2009: The New York Times published a shocking investigation of widespread pollution in America’s waterways,and the effect of contamination on the health of millions…

…. one in 10 Americans have been exposed to drinking water that fails to meet federal health benchmarks. Exposures include carcinogens in the tap water of major American cities and unsafe chemicals in private wells (which are not regulated at all)


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burden of proof ?

What should we do when we have evidence for irreversible harm – and yet some residual scientific uncertainty?

How much more data do we need before we take action to tighten legal exposure standards for methylmercury (MeHg) in fish, or before we warn pregnant women to reduce their consumption of fish species high in MeHg ?

Ph Landrigan, The Lancet (Aug 2003)


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Building Participation

Muchas GRACIAS

Enrique Cifuentes

Visiting Professor, Universidad de Guadalajara,

Principal Research Scientist

Harvard School of Public Health

[email protected]

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