Reclaiming the Sierra

Workshop: How to Conduct Public Outreach about Human Health and Mining Toxins

This workshop was held at The Sierra Fund’s annual conference “Reclaiming the Sierra: A Community Summit on Mining Impacts” held November 8-9, 2010 in Nevada City, California.

Workshop Notes

Synopsis: The most immediate way to protect public health in the Sierra is to educate the public about how to avoid exposure to historic mining toxins.  The panel will present insight into the kinds of public outreach around health issues that have been successful – or not – in their work, and what approaches may be successful in the future.  Facilitator, Dr. Roger Hicks, YubaDocs.

Click on the speaker below to see their presentation (if available)

Ken Cutler, Sierra County Public Health Officer: What counties and First 5’s in the Sierra can do to increase awareness about the health impacts of mining toxins

Sherri Norris, California Indian Environmental Alliance: Her organization’s efforts to raise public awareness about mercury in fish, especially with tribal members

Wesley Nicks, Nevada County Environmental Health: How Nevada County addresses environmental contaminants from abandoned mines

Mike Thornton, The Sierra Fund: Lessons learned and impacts from The Sierra Fund’s outreach efforts around legacy mining toxins