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Water and Health Equity: Past, Present, & Future Opportunities for Action (Free Webinar)


Free Webinar

Join APHA and the Clean Water for All Coalition on Sept. 28 from 3:00 p.m. ET for our free webinar – Water and Health Equity: Past, Present, & Future Opportunities for Action – as part of APHA’s 150th anniversary webinar series. The webinar will:

  • highlight the connection between water and health,
  • celebrate and reflect upon the progress made and current threats to the Clean Water Act in its 50th anniversary year, and
  • present key strategies to advance health equity and justice on a local and national level.


  • Moderator: Olubukolami “Mimi” David, MPH

    Olubukolami (Mimi) David, is the policy analyst for environmental health at the American Public Health Association’s Center for Public Health Policy where she provides support to the Environmental health programs across content areas, which includes environmental health systems, children environmental health, environmental health workforce, capacity building, environmental justice, and health equity. She leads coordination of the Environmental Health & Equity Collaborative and National Environmental Health Partnership Council, which APHA conveys.

  • Nsedu Obot Witherspoon, MPH

    Nsedu Obot Witherspoon, serves as the Executive Director for the Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN), where her responsibilities include successfully organizing, leading, and managing policy, education/training, and science-related programs. For the past 21 years, she has served as a key spokesperson for children’s vulnerabilities and the need for their protection, conducting presentations and lectures across the country. She is a leader in the field of children’s environmental health, serving on the External Science Board for the Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) NIH Research work. She is a Co-Leader the Health/Science initiative of the Cancer Free Economy Network and Co-Chair of the National Environmental Health Partnership Council.

  • Tanya Telfair LeBlanc, PhD, MS

    Tanya Telfair LeBlanc (formerly Tanya Telfair Sharpe) is senior health scientist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Her career began there as a disease detective, an Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS 2000) officer working with core and behavioral surveillance systems. Dr. LeBlanc was deployed in one of the anthrax outbreak investigations post–September 11, 2001, and received a number of awards for service during national emergencies. Currently, she serves as senior health scientist/epidemiologist for CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health, working to reduce lead exposure among children and advance environmental justice.

  • Crystal Tulley-Cordova

    Crystal Tulley-Cordova (Diné) is a Principal Hydrologist in the Navajo Nation Department of Water Resources – Water Management Branch. She has worked collaboratively with Navajo Nation partners on water-related research since 2013. Her work pre-pandemic focused on protecting and managing water resources in the Navajo Nation; since the start of the pandemic, her work has shifted to providing access to safe water for Navajo residents.Crystal hopes the knowledge and experiences she gained over the years will help her assist Navajo communities to use their current knowledge about water to build sustainable water projects, seek funding for water-related research, and protect and manage water resources across the Navajo Nation.

  • Harriet Festing

    Harriet Festing is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Anthropocene Alliance (A2), the nation’s largest coalition of frontline communities fighting for climate and environmental justice. Harriet’s background included milking cows in rural Dorset, establishing the first network of farmer’s markets in England, and place-making advocacy in New York. From 2004-2010, she worked for the UK government on climate change and sustainable development. Immediately prior to founding A2, Harriet undertook ground-breaking research and advocacy on urban flooding. When Harriet is not working on climate disaster survivors, she is tending a large, demonstration garden comprised of more than hundred species of Florida native plants.

September 28, 2022
Wed 3:00 PM EDT

Duration 1H 30M

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