Closing General Session

Climate Change & Social Justice: Communities Raising Their Voices

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2:30 - 4 p.m.

After exploring climate change and addressing strategies and solutions to create a sustainable future, complete your week with this capstone event that shifts the gaze to APHA 2018, Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health Equity Now. Join this dynamic discussion with some of the nation’s most influential speakers as they look toward the future to bridge the gap between climate change and health equity.

Session Moderator - Jacqui Patterson, Director, NAACP, Environmental & Climate Justice Program

Queen QuetChieftess Queen Quet, Gullah Geechee Nation
Chieftess Queen Quet is s a published author, computer scientist, lecturer, mathematician, historian, columnist, preservationist, environmental justice advocate, environmentalist, film consultant, and “The Art-ivist.” She has taken great strides to ensure that the culture and history of the Gullah/Geechee people remain relevant and current. Her advocacy efforts have extended from the local level to the national level and have focused on the continuation of the rights and culture of the Gullah/Geechee people and the Gullah/Geechee Sea Island Coalition. As founder of the “Gullah/ Geechee SEA & ME” program (Saving Environmental Actions & Marine Environment), she focuses on intergenerational engagement in learning Gullah/Geechee traditions that are beneficial to the Sea Island environment and promotes engagement in citizens science activities.


Kimberly WassermanKimberly Wasserman-Nieto, Little Village Environmental Justice Organization
Kimberly Wasserman-Nieto is an environmental leader and advocate, and is the Director of the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization. She is an award recipient of the 2013 Goldman Environmental Prize in which she was recognized for leading the passage of the Chicago Clean Power Ordinance that resulted in the closing of the Crawford and Fisk coal-fired power plants. She is committed to creating a healthier future by transforming polluted, industrial sites into multi-use spaces for families and communities.



Vivian HuangVivian Huang, Asian Pacific Environmental Network 
APEN organizes API community members to advance an environmental, social, and economic justice agenda. Prior to working at APEN, Vivian spent seven years advocating for statewide policy, legislation, and budget funding for immigrants, communities of color, migrant farmworkers, and women. She was Director of Legislative Advocacy at Asian Americans for Civil Rights & Equality (the Sacramento office of Chinese for Affirmative Action, Asian Pacific American Legal Center, and Asian Law Caucus), as well as Deputy Director of Policy at the California Primary Care Association (the statewide organization representing community health clinics). Vivian also worked on federal policy a as Presidential Management Fellow.

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