On June 21, Sura Hassoun, MBCC’s Programs Outreach and Communications Graduate Intern, testified before the Joint Committee on Public Health in support of An Act to Protect Massachusetts Public Health from PFAS (H.2197/S.1356).
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My name is Sura Hassoun, and I am a Registered Occupational Therapist and Master of Public Health Graduate student. I am thrilled to represent the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition (MBCC) as their graduate intern, and to express my strong support for An Act to Protect Massachusetts Public Health from PFAS (H.2197/S.1356). I come to you as a concerned citizen, a healthcare provider, and a public health advocate, to say that Massachusetts must take strong action to address the harmful effects of PFAS chemicals in our communities.
PFAS, also known as “forever chemicals” are present in many everyday products and have been linked to health conditions such as cancer, reproductive abnormalities, and immune system dysfunction. As more scientific research reveals the harmful effects of PFAS on human health, it is crucial for Massachusetts to take proactive measures to protect its citizens from these toxic chemicals.
In addition to the health benefits, An Act to Protect Massachusetts Public Health from PFAS will have long-term advantages for Massachusetts. By decreasing the use of PFAS chemicals and enforcing proper disposal methods, we can mitigate environmental contamination, protect our ecosystems, and assure the sustainability of our beautiful natural resources.
As an occupational therapist and future public health professional it’s my duty to ensure the safety of both my patients and my community. Health education is a vital part of my career, and I will do my best to educate future patients and community members about the harms of PFAS chemicals, especially those who are immunocompromised. Let’s work together as teachers, public health professionals, students, healthcare providers, legislators, and Massachusetts citizens to combat this issue, and fight to create a healthier society for generations to come.
As an MBCC intern, I am honored to be a part of an organization that acknowledges the environmental links to breast cancer and is committed to preventing breast cancer through, community education, research advocacy, and advocating for changes in public policy. I believe that we can all work together to create a healthier and safer future for all Massachusetts residents. I urge the Joint Committee on Public Health to give serious consideration to An Act to Protect Massachusetts Public Health from PFAS and recommend its passing, as the safety and welfare of our communities are at risk.
Thank you for your attention to this crucial matter.Sura Hassoun, Programs Outreach and Communications Graduate Intern