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Public Health Insider: What’s in your water?
Do you know what’s in your drinking water -- or how to test for it? Tainted water sources greatly impact long-term health, and pollutants often can’t be identified by sight or smell alone. Join OSU College of Public Health and Human Sciences faculty Molly Kile and Veronica Irvin, and OSU Extension’s Chrissy Lucas, as they break through myths and detail how to fight disease and reduce health disparities by identifying tainted water sources through at-home testing. They’ll also share where to find resources and how OSU Extension’s Well Water Program meets you where you live.

Nov 30, 2021 05:30 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Molly Kile, Sc.D.
Molly Kile, Sc.D. is an environmental epidemiologist in Oregon State’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences. Her primary work is to understand the health impacts related to early-life exposure to chemical contaminants. In addition to developing and evaluating well water safety programming, Molly has worked in Bangladesh to examine the effect of early-life exposure to metals on children’s health, and she’s worked with Native American Tribes to investigate air quality and chemical contamination in First Foods. She’s also developing a new study in Oregon that will investigate the association between flame retardant chemical exposure and children’s neurocognitive and behavioral outcomes.
Veronica Irvin, Ph.D.
Veronica Irvin, Ph.D. is the Celia Strickland Austin and G. Kenneth Austin III Endowed Professor in Oregon State’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences. Veronica uses a community-engaged approach to develop, implement and evaluate behavior change programs across a comprehensive list of health priorities, including smoking, physical activity, nutrition, cancer screening and safe drinking water. One of her primary areas of focus is breast cancer, cancer screening and the role of health navigators. She’s currently working with the Samaritan Cancer Resource Center to document women’s and clinician’s experiences with interval breast cancers. More information on the well water grant can be found on the college’s website. https://bit.ly/3BcHRVl
Chrissy Lucas
Chrissy Lucas is an Outreach Program Coordinator for Groundwater Protection Education in the Willamette Valley. Chrissy holds a B.S. in Animal Sciences from OSU with a concentration in pre-veterinary medicine and a minor in chemistry. During her time as a graduate student, she began working as a student worker for Sea Grant Extension. In 2005, she joined the Benton County Extension Service office as an Education Program Assistant for Forestry, Youth Natural Resource Education, and Small Farms programs. After 12 years (and many revised job descriptions), she was promoted to an Outreach Program Coordinator in 2017. In addition to her work with domestic well and septic system users, she also works as a coordinator for the Center for Small Farms and Community Food Systems Small Farms Program Annual Conference, as well as the maintenance and production of the associated websites and newsletter.