Recorded at AIHce EXP 2023
Yanick Rice Lamb will explore why it is important to tell new stories in old places. Drawing from research for her three-part health series on the tire industry, she will focus on Akron, Ohio, which was once known as the Rubber Capital of the World. The jobs that a whole generation of Akronites held are mostly gone, but the health effects of the toxins they worked around every day still linger for them, their family members and their neighbors. Although Akron put America on wheels and serves as a microcosm of deindustrialized areas, this is an under-told story. More coverage and research have been devoted to automotive, steel, coal, oil and food industries.
Upon completion of the session, the participant will be able to:
• Identify how deindustrialization continues to impact forgotten communities in terms of health, jobs, economic development, neighborhood cohesion and complicated cleanups of Superfund sites
• Illustrate how to make occupational health resonate beyond employees to the larger population
• Recognize how secondary exposures may affect families through chemicals on employees' work clothes, in their hair, under their nails and penetrating their pores
• Suggest how public health and industrial hygiene professionals can work with journalists
Dr. Yanick Rice Lamb, Ph.D.