Identifying Opportunities to Understand, Control, and Prevent Exposure to PFAS: An EHMI Workshop

Identifying Opportunities to Understand, Control, and Prevent Exposure to PFAS: An EHMI Workshop

The use of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluroalkyl substances (PFAS)–fluorinated organic compounds that appear in such materials as firefighting foams, cleaning products, and coatings to treat carpeting, packaging, and cookware–has led to widespread environmental contamination.  The first workshop of the Environmental Health Matters Initiative (EHMI) will explore human exposure to PFAS, discuss options for controlling PFAS exposures, and consider innovative approaches for preventing PFAS exposures.  The ultimate goal is to highlight what various sectors can do to advance our understanding of the extent of human exposure to PFAS and to reduce or prevent PFAS exposure.

This event is public and free to attend.

A webcast will be available for attendees who are unable to travel to D.C.  

Workshop organizing committee: Jonathan M. Samet, Colorado School of Public Health; John Adgate, Colorado School of Public Health; Rula Deeb, Geosyntec; Elizabeth Harriman, University of Massachusetts Lowell; Philip R.S. Johnson, Heinz Foundation; Patricia Mabry, HealthPartners Institute; Elsie Sunderland, Harvard University

Frequently Asked Questions

1.  Are there ID requirements to enter the event?

Yes.  You will need a photo ID to enter the National Academies Keck Center.  Please check-in at the guard’s desk at the 5th Street entrance between F and E streets.

2. What are the transportation and parking options?

Metro. The Keck Center is located 1 block from the Judiciary Square metro station (red line); and 3 blocks from the Gallery Place metro station (red, yellow, and green lines). 

Bike.  A Capital Bike Share station is located at the corner of 5th street and F street, 300 feet from entrance of the Keck Center. 

Drive.  Free parking is available on a first come basis in the designated spaces of the Keck Center garage. The garage entrance is on 6th Street, between F and E streets.

3. Who should I contact if I need to change my registration or have other questions?

If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Wolfman at

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