[Pharmwaste] Fwd: [aging_initiativ] U.S. EPA Aging Initiative List Serve July 2010

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Pharmaceutical disposal hearing reference.     Stevan Gressitt, M.D.Faculty Associate, University of Maine Center on AgingFounding DirectorMaine Institute for Safe MedicineUniversity of New England, College of PharmacyDepartment of Pharmaceutical Sciences Associate Professor of Clinical PsychiatryUniversity of New England, College of Osteopathic Medicine716 Stevens Avenue Portland, Maine 04103gressitt at gmail.com Cell: 207-441-0291   ============ Forwarded message ============From : Aging Initiative<aging.info at epa.gov>To : "Stevan Gressitt" <gressitt at uninets.net>Date : Tue, 06 Jul 2010 11:23:52 -0400Subject : [aging_initiativ] U.S. EPA Aging Initiative List Serve July 2010============ Forwarded message ============ U.S. EPA Aging Initiative List Serve July 2010 I. Announcements II. News, Research, Reports and Presentations III. New Resources and Opportunities IV. Building Sustainable Communities V. Pharmaceuticals in the Environment VI. Intergenerational Activities VII. EPA Funding Opportunities VIII. Other Funding Opportunities IX. Public Comments Requested X. 2010 Calendar of Events & Meetings and Call for Abstracts I. Announcements EPA Releases Draft FY 2011-2015 Strategic Plan for Public Comment The Draft FY 2011-2015 EPA Strategic Plan is now available for public review and comment. The Agency's Strategic Plan identifies the measurable environmental and human health outcomes the public can expect over the next five years and describes how the EPA intends to achieve those results. EPA welcomes comments from all stakeholders. To read and comment on the Draft Strategic Plan, go to www.regulations.gov (Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OA-2010-0486). EPA will use stakeholder feedback to prepare the final FY 2011-2015 EPA Strategic Plan, which will be released by September 30, 2010. Comments must be received on or before July 30, 2010 for consideration. EPA has also established a Discussion Forum, available at https://blog.epa.gov/strategicplan, to engage with the public on the cross-cutting fundamental strategies and actions the Agency can take to tangibly change the way we work. Additional information about the Agency's Strategic Plan and the public review and comment on the Draft Strategic Plan is available at http://www.epa.gov/ocfo/plan/plan.htm II. News, Research, Reports and Presentations Audubon Important Bird Areas at Risk from the Gulf Oil Audubon's Important Bird Areas (IBAs) in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida have been sadly affected by the he Gulf oil disaster and more areas could be hit. These habitats are critical to birds and wildlife and have not only earned many of these areas recognition as IBAs, but led to their federal designation as National Seashore sites, National Wildlife Refuges and Wildlife Management Areas. Preventing oil from reaching more of these sites and protecting nesting birds on beaches and in wetlands is the highest immediate conservation priority. But as the oil continues to spew, Audubon is also focused on the inevitable need for long term recovery and restoration. Audubon's network of Gulf Coast IBAs will play a crucial role in that process. To read more see http://www.audubon.org/news/pressroom/gos/iba.html West Nile Virus Activity-United States, 2009: Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) CDC West Nile virus (WNV) was first detected in the western hemisphere a decade ago in New York City and since then has caused seasonal epidemics of febrile illness and neurological disease across the U.S. WNV is the leading cause of arboviral encephalitis (for more information about arboviral encephalitis see http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/arbor/arbdet.htm ) In 2009, 720 cases of (WNV) in 28 states and the District of Columbia (DC) were reported to the CDC, of which 386 cases were of the neuroinvasive disease, (0.13 per 100,000 population). The incidence of neuroinvasive disease increased with increasing age, the highest incidence was among persons 70 years of age and older. The states experiencing the highest incidence of this neuroinvasive disease included Mississippi, South Dakota, Wyoming, Colorado and Nebraska. Thirty-three WNV deaths were reported, 32 from neuroinvasive disease. CDC estimated that 54,000 persons were infected with the WNV in 2009, of whom 10,000 developed nonnueroinvasive disease. The disease burden suggests the ongoing need for surveillance, mosquito control, promotion of personal protection from mosquito bites and research into other prevention strategies. http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5925a1.htm?s_cid=mm5925a1_e III. New Resources and Opportunities Urban Form and Extreme Heat Events: Are Sprawling Cities more Vulnerable to Climate Change than Compact Cities? This study funded by the CDC examined the association between urban form at the level of the metropolitan region and the frequency of extreme heat events over a five decade period. The authors used a widely published metric of urban form (a "sprawl" index) to measure the association between urban form in 2000 and the mean annual rate of change in extreme heat events between 1956 and 2005. The results found the rate of increase in the annual number of extreme heat events between 1956 and 2005 in the most sprawling metropolitan regions to be more than double the rate of increase observed in the most compact metropolitan regions. The authors concluded that design and management of land use in metropolitan regions offer an important tool for adapting to the heat-related health effects associated with ongoing climate change. http://ehp03.niehs.nih.gov/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1289%2Fehp.0901879 The Getting Around Guide: An AARP Guide to Walking, Bicycling and Public Transportation AARP has issued a new publication to help consumers take advantage of fun and healthy options for getting around without a car. This compact 16-page brochure encourages walking, biking, and taking public transportation or other transportation options. It includes benefits of options; how to find them and use them; and what one can do to work to make changes to your community, one lives in a small town, suburb, or big city. To order copies, call 1-888-OUR-AARP (1-888-687-2277) and ask for "The Getting Around Guide," Stock # D19294. For more information, contact Lori Cohen at lccohen at aarp.org . Older Americans 2010: Key Indicators of Well-being: Coming Soon! The newest edition of the Federal Interagency Forum of Aging Related Statistics will be released later this month. The forum was founded in 1986 to foster collaborations among the federal agencies that produce or use statistical data on the older population. To place an order for your copy of this excellent resource, please go to http://www.epa.gov/aging/resources/factsheets/order.htm IV. Building Healthy Communities - Sustainable Communities $75 Million in Funding Available--HUD-DOT Announce Community Challenge Grants and TIGER II Planning Grants U.S. Departments of Transportation (DOT) and Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will join forces to award up to $75 million in funding - $35 million in TIGER (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) II Planning Grants and $40 million in Sustainable Community Challenge Grants for localized planning activities that ultimately lead to projects that integrate transportation, housing and economic development. The new program builds on the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, an innovative new interagency collaboration, launched by President Obama in June 2009, between the Department of Transportation (DOT), the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Partnership is designed to remove the traditional federal government silos that exist between departments and strategically target the agencies' transportation, land use, environmental, housing and community development resources to provide communities the resources they need to build more livable, sustainable communities. TIGER II Planning Grants may be used to plan, prepare or design surface transportation projects that would be eligible for funding under the TIGER II Discretionary Grant program. These projects include highways, bridges, transit, railways, ports or bicycle and pedestrian facilities. HUD's Sustainable Communities funding will target urban and community planning projects that foster reform and reduce barriers to achieving affordable, economically vital and sustainable communities. Such efforts may include amending or replacing local master plans, zoning codes, and building codes either on a jurisdiction-wide basis or in a specific neighborhood or sector to promote mixed-use development, affordable housing and the re-use of older buildings for new purposes with the goal of promoting sustainability at the local level. Deadline: July 26, 2010. For more information: http://www.hud.gov/offices/adm/grants/nofa10/huddotnofa.cfm Building Healthy Communities for Active Aging Recognition and Award Program Does your community excel in outstanding comprehensive approaches to implementing principles of smart growth, as well as strategies that support active aging? If so, there is still time to submit your application to be considered for the 2010 Building Healthy Communities for Active Aging award. The deadline for applications is July 17, 2010. While this recognition program does not provide a financial award, the winners are the people living in these communities and this award recognizes the leadership of these communities in making their communities a great place to live. If you would like to submit an application to be considered for this recognition please see: http://www.epa.gov/aging/bhc/awards For more information on the past winning communities see http://www.epa.gov/aging/bhc/index.htm AARP and NAHB Livable Communities Award The Livable Communities Awards, co-sponsored by AARP and the National Association of Home Builders recognize builders, remodelers, developers, architects and planners who build and design homes and communities that improve everyday comfort, safety and personal independence. The sponsors are seeking applications for the 2010 Livable Communities Awards in four categories: Developer, Builder, Remodeler, and Architect. Further information about the Awards, including applications, can be found at http://www.nahb.org/livablecommunities , and information about past winners at http://www.aarp.org/homedesign . The deadline for applications is July 16, 2010. V. Pharmaceuticals in the Environment U.S. Senate Hearing: Drug Waste and Disposal: When Prescriptions Become Poison On June 30th, Chairman Kohl convened a hearing of the United States Special Committee on Aging on the problem of unused medications and how to dispose of them. Chairman Kohl announced plans to work with members of the Committee to develop a comprehensive package of legislative reforms to reduce waste and ensure safe disposal of medications. Federal panelists included Gil Kerlikowske, Director, White House Office of National Drug Policy Control and Joseph Rannazzisi, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Diversion Control, Drug Enforcement Administration, US Department of Justice. Other witnesses included Mary Hendrickson, Director of Quality and Regulatory Affairs, Genco Pharmaceutical Services, Milwaukee, WI; Bernard Strain, father of Timothy Michael Strain, Philadelphia, PA; Stevan Gressitt, Founding Director, Maine Institute for Safe Medicine, Faculty Associate University of Maine, Center on Aging, Unity, ME; and Bruce Behringer, Associate Vice President and Executive Director, Office of Rural and Community Health ad Community Partnerships, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN The testimony is available at the U.S. Special Committee on Aging http://aging.senate.gov/hearing_detail.cfm?id=326079& Dr. Stevan Gressitt was a Principal Co-investigator (along with Dr. Lenard Kaye) of a U.S. EPA Aging Initiative grant that supported a pilot project to develop a model program for a mail back program of unused medications. The model program is the Safe Medicine Disposal for ME (Maine). You may listen to a recording of the hearing at by pushing the button "click here" on the Senate Aging website at http://aging.senate.gov/ Manufacturing Facilities Release Pharmaceuticals to the Environment Pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities can be a significant source of pharmaceuticals to surface waters, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) conducted in cooperation with the State of New York. Outflow from two wastewater treatment plants in New York that receive more than 20 percent of their wastewater from pharmaceutical facilities had concentrations of pharmaceuticals that were 10 to 1000 times higher than outflows from 24 plants nationwide that do not receive wastewater from pharmaceutical manufacturers. This is the first study in the U.S. to identify pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities as a significant source of pharmaceuticals to the environment. The USGS is working with water utilities to evaluate alternative water treatment technologies with the goal of reducing the release of pharmaceuticals and other emerging contaminants to the environment. Maximum concentrations in outflows from the two wastewater treatment plants in New York were: --3,800 parts per billion (ppb) of metaxalone (a muscle relaxant) --1,700 ppb of oxycodone (an opioid prescribed for pain relief) --Greater than 400 ppb of methadone (an opioid prescribed for pain relief and drug withdrawal) --160 ppb of butalbital (a barbiturate) --Greater than 40 ppb of phendimetrazine (a stimulant prescribed for obesity) and carisoprodol (a muscle relaxant) --3.9 ppb diazepam (an anti-anxiety medication) While pharmaceutical concentrations were significantly lower in receiving streams, measurable concentrations were detected as far as 20 miles downstream. By contrast, outflow from the wastewater treatment plants that do not receive wastewater from pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities had concentrations that rarely exceeded one ppb. This study is part of a long-term effort to determine the fate and effects of chemicals of emerging environmental concern and to provide water-resource managers with objective information that assists in the development of effective water management practices. For more information please see http://toxics.usgs.gov/highlights/PMFs.html VI. Intergenerational Activities 4th Annual Rachel Carson Intergenerational Sense of Wonder Contest You will soon have an opportunity to vote for your favorite entries of the 2010 Rachel Carson Intergenerational poetry, essay, photography and dance contest. Check the website for the unveiling of the finalists. As in past years, the finalists were selected from an intergenerational panel of judges with expertise in dance, creative writing, photography and the environment and the public is the invited to select the winners. For more information about the contest please see http://www.epa.gov/aging/resources/thesenseofwonder/index.htm VII. EPA Funding Opportunities National Environmental Education Training Program Section 5 of the National Environmental Education Act authorizes EPA to fund a National Environmental Education Training Program. The purpose of this program is to deliver environmental education training and long-term support to teachers and other education professionals across the U.S. to enable them to teach effectively about environmental issues. Deadline: July 26, 2010. http://www.epa.gov/education/educate/solicitation.html Black Carbon's Role In Global To Local Scale Climate And Air Quality EPA, as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications proposing research into black carbon (BC), related co-pollutants, and other short lived climate forcers (SLCF) and their effects on climate change and air quality. EPA is interested in research that investigates the emission sources, the global to local scale emissions inventory, and applies modeling tools to assess BC, co-pollutants and other SLCF in a climate and air quality context. Applications may also evaluate the impact of long range transport of BC, co-pollutants and SLCF, or develop and assess metrics for comparing the impacts of BC, co-pollutants and SLCF simultaneously in a climate and air quality context on the time scale of a decade to a century. In addition to regular awards, this solicitation includes the opportunity for early career projects. Deadline: September 22, 2010. http://www.epa.gov/ncer/rfa/2010/2010_star_blackcarbon.html VIII. Other Funding Opportunities HUD-DOT Announce Community Challenge Grants and TIGER II Planning Grants TIGER II Planning Grants may be used to plan, prepare or design surface transportation projects that would be eligible for funding under the TIGER II Discretionary Grant program. These projects include highways, bridges, transit, railways, ports or bicycle and pedestrian facilities. HUD's Sustainable Communities funding will target urban and community planning projects that foster reform and reduce barriers to achieving affordable, economically vital and sustainable communities. Such efforts may include amending or replacing local master plans, zoning codes, and building codes either on a jurisdiction-wide basis or in a specific neighborhood or sector to promote mixed-use development, affordable housing and the re-use of older buildings for new purposes with the goal of promoting sustainability at the local level. Deadline: July 26, 2010. For more information: http://www.hud.gov/offices/adm/grants/nofa10/huddotnofa.cfm Critical Illness and Injury in Aging Four Institutes of the National Institutes of Health joined together to solicit applications designed to study mechanisms and management of critical illness and injury, including trauma and neurotrama, in aging. Recently, there have been important advances in the evaluation and management of critical illnesses and injuries. However, the relationship of critical care and aging remains understudied. The treatment of critical illnesses of elders is frequently simply an extension of the treatments applied to younger adult populations. Given the age-related structural and functional changes associated with age, it is probable that such changes influence that presentation and treatment of illnesses of the elderly. Proposed studies may be mechanistic, observational or interventional in nature. Deadlines: November 5, 2010. http://www.epa.gov/aging/grants/grantofo.htm#2010_0605_grantofo_1 NSF - Research to Aid Persons with Disabilities The National Science Foundation invites research proposals that will lead to new technology, devices or software that will benefit persons with disabilities. Research may be directed toward the characterization, restoration, and /or substitution of human functional abilities or cognition, or the interaction of persons with disabilities and their environment. Emphasis is placed on significant advancement of fundamental engineering and scientific knowledge rather than on incremental improvements. Deadlines: August 15 - September 23, 2010. http://www.epa.gov/aging/grants/grantofo.htm#2010_0303_grantofo_1 NIH Critical Illness and Injury in Aging The National Institutes of Health (NIH) are requesting research grant applications that are focused on mechanisms and management of critical illness and injury (including trauma and neurotrauma) in aging. The type of investigation may be mechanistic, observational or interventional. Proposals that utilize existing datasets, such as from large observational studies or clinical trials, are acceptable and animal studies are appropriate when human studies are not feasible. Deadlines: October 5, 2010. http://www.epa.gov/aging/grants/grantofo.htm#2010_0605_grantofo_1 NIH Understanding and Promoting Health Literacy The National Institutes of Health request applications to conduct studies on the degree to which individuals have the capacity to obtain, process, and understand basic health information and services needed to make appropriate health decisions. Previous research has linked low health literacy to undesirable outcomes such as poor self-management of chronic diseases, unhealthy behavior, elevated frequency of hospitalizations, higher mortality and poor overall health. Various research approaches are acceptable including basic, methodological and measurement, intervention strategies, public (population) health, and secondary analyses of existing data sets. Deadlines: October 5, 2010. http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-10-135.html NIH Diet Composition and Energy Balance Several Institutes of the NIH are interested in receiving research proposals that will lead to improvements in the quality of measurements of diets and dietary intake and physical activity as they relate to body weight and excessive weight. Innovative proposals are sought that deal with: instruments and their evaluation; improved technology; tools for assessment of culturally-diverse populations; statistical methods for eliminating or correcting errors or biases; and other topics. Deadlines: October 5, 2010. http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-10-152.html NIH Improving Diet and Physical Activity Assessment Several Institutes of the NIH are interested in receiving research proposals that will lead to improvements in the quality of measurements of diets and dietary intake and physical activity as they relate to body weight and excessive weight. Innovative proposals are sought that deal with: instruments and their evaluation; improved technology; tools for assessment of culturally-diverse populations; statistical methods for eliminating or correcting errors or biases; and other topics. Deadlines: October 5, 2010. http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-09-224.html NIH Research on the Economics of Diet, Activity, and Energy Balance The National Institutes of Health (NIH) solicits projects that will enhance the state-of-the-science on the causes of obesity and associated chronic diseases. Research proposals that involve collaborations are strongly encouraged such as those that include the disciplines of: health economics, health services, and econometric modeling; or collaborations between researchers trained in economics and specialists in public health, cancer or cardiovascular disease. Deadlines: October 5, 2010. http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-08-078.html IX. Public Comments Requested EPA Proposes to Streamline Approval Process for Fuel Conversion Systems The EPA is proposing to make it easier for manufacturers to gain approval to sell fuel conversion systems. The conversion systems allow vehicles to run on alternative fuels, which may appeal to consumers concerned about energy security, fuel costs, or emissions. The proposal reflects EPA's interest in encouraging innovation and spurring conversions that use clean energy technologies. Under the proposed approach, compliance requirements would vary based on age of the vehicle or engine being converted. EPA has found that the compliance process for older vehicles and engines could be streamlined, while maintaining environmental safeguards. As opposed to a one-size fits all approach, requirements would now be based on whether a vehicle or engine is deemed to be new, intermediate-age, or outside its expected useful life. Conversion systems alter an existing vehicle or engine to enable it to run on a different type of fuel, such as switching a car to run on compressed natural gas. While properly engineered conversion systems can reduce or at least not increase emissions, poorly designed systems can lead to much more pollution. EPA reminds consumers only to use systems that have EPA approval. Deadline for public comments: July 23, 2010. More information: http://www.epa.gov/otaq/consumer/fuels/altfuels/altfuels.htm X. 2010 Calendar of Events & Meetings Calendar 2010 http://www.epa.gov/aging/calendar/2010/index.htm July 2010 National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) Annual Conference July 17-21, 2010. St. Louis, MO http://www.n4a.org/training-events/annual-conference/?fa=call_sessions September 2010 World Water Monitoring Day September 18, 2010 http://www.worldwatermonitoringday.org/About/About_Main.html National Association of State Units on Aging & Georgia Division for Aging Services, Georgia Gerontology Society Date: September 26-29, 2010 Location: Atlanta, GA http://guest.cvent.com/EVENTS/Info/Summary.aspx?i=ddd579b2-12e1-40c7-b3cc-b484eec310cc October 2010 Creating Livable Homes & Communities October 10-12, 2010 St. Louis, Missouri http://uds4.org 2010 International Symposium on Safe Medicine Portland, Maine October 10-12, 2010 http://www.umaine.edu/mainecenteronaging/documents/2010IntSympSafeMedSTD.pdf RAIL~VOLUTION 2010 Portland, Oregon October 18-21, 2010 http://www.railvolution.com/CallForProposals.asp Grantmakers in Aging October 20-22, 2010 Chicago, Ill http://www.aging.org/programs/index.asp?id=383 November 2010 American Public Health Association Annual Meeting November 6-10, 2010 Denver, CO http://www.apha.org/meetings/highlights/ Gerontological Society of America November 19-23, 2010 New Orleans, LA http://www.geron.org/Annual%20Meeting December, 2010 International Council on Active Aging Conference December 2-4, 2010 San Diego, CA http://www.icaa.cc/convention/overview.htm Dates 2011 -- Calendar http://www.epa.gov/aging/calendar/2011/index.htm Newly added Generations United conference July 2011, Washington, D.C. Call for Papers International Conference of the Society for Human Ecology Las Vegas, Nevada April 20-23, 2011 http://www.societyforhumanecology.org/final%20program_files/CallForPapers.html
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