What Do We Need to Know? Public Health Presentations at GSPH


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On Friday, August 27th, CHEC conducted a symposium at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health (GSPH) on the potential public health concerns associated with gas extraction activities, especially those occurring in the Marcellus Shale region.

The panel discussion addressed the following topics: Potential human exposure pathways to water and air contaminants, Behavioral and community health concerns, Public health preparedness related to gas industry operations, and Fractracker.org, a Web platform that gives researchers the ability to directly engage citizens in the collection of data to effectively demonstrate the impacts of Marcellus Shale gas extraction.


  1. Charles Christen, DrPH, MEd – Center for Healthy Environments and Communities (CHEC) director of operations – Presentation
  2. Samantha Malone, MPH, CPH – CHEC communications specialist and BCHS doctoral student- Presentation
  3. Conrad Dan Volz, DrPH, MPH – Assistant professor, GSPH Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, and CHEC director – Presentation

Related News: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Related Presentation: By Dr. Volz on the potential air impacts from Marcellus Shale activities to the Allegheny County Health Department – Presentation