What is Let’s Talk Prevention: Reducing Toxic Exposures?
The Let’s Talk Prevention: Reducing Toxic Exposures medical booklet for health professionals summarizes scientific evidence linking exposure and effect for many common chemicals of concern and suggests how to begin environmental health conversations with patients. The accompanying Let’s Talk Prevention: Reducing Toxic Exposures medical brochure for patients — also available in Spanish, Portuguese, Mandarin, Japanese, and Korean — describes basic steps for individuals and families to reduce problematic exposures and choose safer alternatives to toxic products. The goal of this program is to reduce toxic exposures which have implications for reducing the burden and cost of all environmentally-linked diseases, including breast cancer. This is a one-of-a-kind program and the first to be developed that supports toxic exposures reduction.
What is the Let’s Talk Prevention Tour? The Let’s Talk Prevention: Reducing Toxic Exposures tour is an exhibition and lecture series throughout Massachusetts featuring the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition’s Let’s Talk Prevention materials. The materials can be easily exhibited and displayed at hospitals, health centers, community centers, libraries, high schools, and colleges. The Let’s Talk Prevention: Reducing Toxic Exposure tour can be tailored to the specific needs of a community and can include: community outreach table in a lobby/oncology office, an exhibition at a health and wellness fair, speaking engagements and lectures, special events, private events, and hospital staff meetings. We are visiting hospitals, health centers, community centers, libraries, high schools, colleges, and private groups to share the materials and encourage discussions about the reduction of toxic exposures in our communities.
Where will the tour be next? (To see previous locations since the Tour’s inception in 2014, click here.)
PATIENT BROCHURES AVAILABLE:
August 17: Against the Tide, DCR’s Nickerson State Park, 3488 Main Street, Brewster
July 1 – 31: Shrewsbury Public Library, 609 Main Street, Shrewsbury
June 15: Against the Tide, DCR’s Hopkinton State Park, 164 Cedar Street, Hopkinton
June 1 – 30: Fitchburg Public Library, 610 Main Street, Fitchburg (Brochures only)
June 1 – 30: Brewster Ladies Library, 1822 Main Street, Brewster
June 1 – 30: Cancer House of Hope, 1999 Westfield Street, West Springfield
May 18: Moving Violations Benefit Run, Dedham Mall, 250 Providence Highway, Dedham
May 2 – 31: Cancer House of Hope, 1999 Westfield Street, West Springfield
May 1 – May 21: Beaman Memorial Public Library, 8 Newton St, West Boylston, MA (brochures only)
May 1 – May 12: AtBats Training Center, 235 Summer Road, Boxborough
May 1 – 31: Westborough Public Library, 55 Main Street, Westborough
April 28 – April 30: AtBats Training Center, 235 Summer Road, Boxborough
April 27: Local Environmental Action conference, Worcester State University Student Center, 486 Chandler Street, Worcester
April 1 – 30: Northborough Free Library, 34 Main Street, Northborough
April 1 – 30: Bigelow Free Public Library, 54 Walnut Street, Clinton
April 1 – 30: Berlin Public Library, 25 Carter Street, Berlin (Brochures only)
March 30: Run for Prevention, Bare Cove Park Drive, Hingham
March 7: Faith-based Cancer Disparities Networking Meeting, Greater Love Tabernacle Church, 101 Nightingale Street, Dorchester (6:30 – 8:00 pm)
March 1 – 31: Hyannis Public Library, 401 Main Street, Hyannis
March 1 – 31: Eastham Public Library, 190 Samoset Road, Eastham
March 1 – 31: Southborough Library, 25 Main Street, Southborough (brochures only)
February 1 – 15: Alternatives for Health, 426 Main Street, Sturbridge
February 1 – 28: Dennis Public Library, 5 Hall Street, Dennis Port
January 27: Engage Falmouth 3rd Annual Volunteer Fair, St. Barnabas Parish Hall, 91 Main St., Falmouth
January 26: Cape Cod Moms Parent Resource Fair, Cape Cod Community College, 2240 Iyannough Rd., W. Barnstable
January 22 – 30: UNO Community Center, 157 River Street, North Adams
January 21: MLK Day of Service, Northern Berkshire Community Coalition, 61 Main Street, Suite 218, North Adams
January 1 – 31: Franklin Public Library, 118 Main Street, Franklin
January 4 – 31: Joshua Hyde Public Library, 306 Main Street, Sturbridge
January 1 – 24: Marstons Mills Public Library, 2160 Main Street, Marstons Mills
I’d like to exhibit the Let’s Talk Prevention materials in my community. How do I do so? If you would like a hospital, health center, community center, library, high school, college, or private event near you to exhibit Let’s Talk Prevention, host a presentation about toxic exposures reduction, and share our materials, please contact us today!
What is the community saying about Let’s Talk Prevention?
Dr. Patricia Raney, MD, family medicine specialty: “I am grateful that the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition is starting this dialogue between health professionals and their patients through Let’s Talk Prevention: Reducing Toxics Exposure. The message that breast cancer is an environmental issue and we must take steps to reduce our exposure to chemicals of concern is crucial to improving public health. It is with this understanding that I will work to share program materials with my patients to help them take steps to reduce their exposure to common chemicals linked with breast cancer and other diseases. I am very impressed with the booklet and the pamphlet, and this is an excellent and informative presentation that I look forward to sharing with my colleagues.”
Dr. Michael Misialek, Physician, Newton-Wellesley Hospital: “As a physician at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, specializing in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology and Medical Advisor of Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition, I’m very pleased to see the Let’s Talk Prevention: Reducing Toxic Exposures program develop as a resource for patient-doctor engagement. The value of such a program is not to be minimized. This program will provide much needed information about reducing toxic exposures in daily life to physicians and patients alike. I look forward to promoting doctor-patient discussions concerning the link between health and toxic chemical exposures.”
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