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Workshop Abstracts

Name of Session:

Session E 3

Laying the Groundwork for a National Asbestos Health Project

Description of Session

Asbestos has been a known health hazard for many years, with evidence of widespread health effects surfacing in early 2000. Health effects of asbestos exposure often do not manifest until many years after the original exposure. Affected persons and their healthcare professionals may not be aware of the consequences of asbestos exposure or the reason for health conditions, restricting their ability to take steps to improve quality of life. ATSDR developed a communication approach for the National Asbestos Exposure Review of 26 high-priority sites. ATSDR and the Montana Department of Health and Human Services partnered on a pilot project to test communication interventions among a population exposed to asbestos. These communication projects laid the groundwork for a national outreach campaign to persons potentially affected at more than 200 sites that received asbestos-contaminated vermiculite. Panelists will share health communication strategies, activities and materials developed from the two projects, and how they will be implemented into a National Asbestos Health Project.

Presenter(s) E-mail
Moderator: Jana L. Telfer, MA JTelfer@cdc.gov

Presenter 1: Sharon Campolucci, RN, MSN, FNP

Title of Presentation: Asbestos: Understanding the Community Dynamic in Emerging Health Issues

SCampolucci@cdc.gov

Presenter 2: Susan Robinson, MA

Title of Presentation: National Asbestos Exposure Review: Delivering Complex Communication Information to Diverse Audiences

SRobinson@cdc.gov

Presenter 3: Gayle Shirley, BA

Title of Presentation: Montana Asbestos Screening and Surveillance Activity: Understanding Community Dynamics with Emerging Health Information

gshirley@mt.gov

Presenter 4: Charles Green, MA

Title of Presentation: Toward a National Asbestos Health Project: Applying Lessons Learned to Improve Health Awareness through Communication