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PEPH Annual Meeting: Communication Research in Environmental Health Sciences – Environmental Health Literacy

September 22-24, 2014
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Research Triangle Park, NC


This year we are focusing the PEPH meeting on Environmental Health Literacy (EHL). We chose this topic to capitalize on the fact that EHL is coalescing as a distinct field within health education and risk communication, and is a term that researchers and federal agencies are increasingly using to denote literacy initiatives related to environmental health sciences research. The process of becoming environmentally health literate entails raising scientific and environmental literacy and numeracy among the general public while increasing awareness of specific exposures and their potential health effects. While NIEHS programs have supported the development of risk communication strategies, environmental health messages, and informational materials, little has been done to examine their impact on EHL or to understand the elements of successful environmental health messages. As a new field, methods to raise EHL are in development; therefore, attention to the evaluation of these approaches and validation of their effectiveness is needed.


  • Underscore the importance of communication research to environmental health sciences;
  • Identify the parameters of environmental health literacy;
  • Highlight successful projects and approaches that are relevant to EHL;
  • Garner input from those with expertise in the various fields that comprise Communications Research in the Environmental Health Sciences to examine next steps to advance EHL;
  • Identify research opportunities, evaluation and validation tools, and partners; and
  • Further NIEHS' commitment to communication research outlined in Goal 11 of the NIEHS Strategic Plan.

Electronic Meeting Booklet

We invite you to download or print the following items for the meeting. Only the Agenda, Speaker Bios, Poster List, and Participant List will be included in the meeting folder.

Social Media

The PEPH Annual Meeting is on Twitter ! If you use Twitter, we encourage you to insert the hashtag #EHL2014 into your Tweets so people can follow your questions and comments about the meeting. Post your thoughts in real time, start conversations with other attendees, and (if you are participating via Watch Party) submit questions remotely. We have registered #EHL2014 with Symplur, a website that tracks health-related social media, so you, too, can track the hashtag's activity .

If you are not part of Twitter, now is a great time to start and to get connected with your colleagues who are Tweeting about the issues that matter to you. And don't forget to follow PEPH !

Watch Party

Watch a live broadcast of the PEPH 2014 meeting! Not being able to travel to Research Triangle Park, N.C., doesn't mean you can't actively participate!

PEPH values engagement and we want to give as many people as possible the opportunity to contribute to this important conversation on environmental health literacy. Here's how... Organize a Watch Party in your city! Learn more!

Meeting Agenda

The meeting agenda is now available: Meeting Agenda (878k)


Registration for this meeting is now closed.

Poster Session

There will be a poster session during the meeting. We invite posters to focus on one of the meeting themes:

  • Cultural Communication: Needs of Diverse Audiences
  • Environmental Health Literacy (EHL) for Healthcare Professionals
  • EHL in the Classroom
  • Evaluation
  • Capacity Building Strategies
  • Tools and Technology
  • Other

Poster submission is now closed.


We have secured a block of rooms at the Hyatt Place Durham/Southpoint hotel. Please visit the Accommodations page for more information.

Meeting Scholarships

The scholarship application deadline has passed and scholarship applications are no longer being accepted.


September 22 and 23: will include oral presentations and panel discussions, and ample opportunity for small group interactions. There will be no concurrent breakouts so that we can maximize input from all participants.

September 24: will be comprised of 90-minute, hands-on workshops related to EHL.

Planning Committee

American Disabilities Act Accommodations Requests

Individuals with disabilities who need accommodation to participate in this event should contact Whitney Freberg at 919-794-4700 or TTY users should contact the Federal TTY Relay Service at 800-877-8339. Requests should be made at least 5 business days in advance of the event.

Additional information including the meeting agenda and registration will be posted as soon as they are available.


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