Community Teach-In: Groundwater Contamination on Tucson's South Side
Environmental health experts from the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health will host a community teach-in to provide a forum for community members to express health concerns, receive education from experts, and work collaboratively with agencies to address community needs.
Community health concerns have recently re-emerged in response to environmental justice grassroots efforts and formal changes to the remediation process of historic groundwater contamination, also known as the TCE plume, on Tucson's south side.
A panel of experts in environmental health, toxicology, community health research and water safety will be available to answer questions on the following topics:
Panel A: What we know about the water and the community's health
- Francisco Garcia, MD, MPH, Director, Pima County Health Department
- Jeff Biggs, Tucson Water
- Mazda Shirazi, MD, PhD, Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center
Panel B: Investigating community health concerns for the future
- Paloma Beamer, PhD, MS, University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health
- Kenneth Ramos, MD, PhD, PharmB, Associate Vice President of Precision Health Sciences, University of Arizona Health Sciences
- Ben Gerhardstein, MPH, Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry