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Our Environment and Breast Cancer: Working for a Healthier Future
Many years of research show that toxic chemicals in the air we breathe, the food we eat, the water we drink, and the products we use are affecting our hormones. BIPOC and people with lower incomes are much more likely to live, learn and work in areas with greater exposure to these chemicals.

Join Zero Breast Cancer for the October webinar in our 25th Anniversary Advancing Health Equity in Breast Cancer series as we look at how our environment can increase our risk of breast cancer. Our panel will feature Nse Obot Witherspoon of Children's Environmental Health Network and Deysi Flores of Make the Road NY discussing what we know and what we can do to protect ourselves and future generations.

Oct 21, 2021 12:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Nsedu Obot Witherspoon
Executive Director @Children's Environmental Health Network
Nsedu Obot Witherspoon is the Executive Director for the Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN), where she organizes, leads and manages policy, education/training, and science-related programs. For more than 20 years, she has been a leader in and spokesperson for children’s environmental health. Nse is a Co-Leader the Health/Science initiative of the Cancer Free Economy Network and Co-Chair of the National Environmental Health Partnership Council. In addition to current and past positions on national and state boards and councils, Nse recently received the William R. Reilly Award in Environmental Leadership from the Center for Environmental Policy at American University. She has a B.S. in Biology from Siena College and a M.P.H. in Maternal and Child Health from George Washington University.
Deysi Flores
Senior Coordinator of the Worker Health and Safety Program @Make the Road New York
Deysi Flores is the senior coordinator of the Workers Health and Safety Program at Make the Road New York. She oversees operations, including training, logistics, curriculum development, quality control, and participatory research projects. Deysi builds and maintains relations with other health & safety programs. She is a Co-Principal Investigator for the Safe and Just Cleaners project, community-based participatory research documenting cleaning chemicals exposure among Latinx house cleaners in New York, funded by NIEHS. As a senior staff member in the health department and member of the Workers’ Rights team, she provides technical knowledge and support to the various campaigns. Previously, she worked with vulnerable communities on educational and social projects in Latin America.
Catherine Thomsen
Program Director @Zero Breast Cancer
Catherine Thomsen, MPH, joined Zero Breast Cancer in 2014 to promote health and wellness and prevent cancer, after seven years facilitating efforts to engage advocates in cancer research and to fund studies of disparities and environmental risk factors with the California Breast Cancer Research Program (CBCRP). Previously, she was the epidemiologist for the State of Oregon’s environmental and occupational health programs and coordinated an interagency pesticide poisoning prevention program. She received her Master’s in Public Health from Portland State/Oregon Health & Sciences Universities and her BA in international relations from Pomona College. She studied in France and spent more than three years in rural and urban Costa Rica with the Peace Corps and USAID.