The ability to reduce one’s risk for radon exposure and its serious negative effects on health is a health equity issue. Without strong and comprehensive disclosure, testing, and mitigation policies, at-risk individuals with less agency to address exposure—people with fewer financial resources to dedicate towards mitigation, people in areas with less access to testing and mitigation resources, children in schools and people in residential facilities, for example—are left behind in critical initiatives to prevent lung cancer. A new report from the Center for Health Law & Policy Innovation at Harvard Law School assesses gaps across the country in radon law and policy and identifies best practices that can help achieve equitable protection from radon exposure for all.

Join the Kentucky Cancer Consortium, the Center for Health Law & Policy Innovation, and Kentucky’s foremost experts on radon and public health for a discussion on leveraging radon policy to promote health equity. Presenters and panelists will discuss:

  • How to identify and amplify equity issues in health policy
  • Characteristics of model policies for radon disclosure, testing, and mitigation
  • The current landscape of Kentucky radon policy, with a focus on how lack of regulation leads to a disproportionate risk of radon exposure in certain communities
  • Opportunities to strengthen equitable policy and address health disparities

This work is made possible with the generous support of the Kentucky Cancer Consortium and the Bristol Myers Squibb Foundation, as well as the forum co-sponsors: Kentucky Association of Radon Professionals (KARP), UK-CARES, BREATHE, and the American Lung Association.

Presenters

Kristian Wagner, MS, RD, LD

Health Policy Director

Kentucky Cancer Consortium

Kristian Wagner is the Health Policy Director for the Kentucky Cancer Consortium (CDC funded Comprehensive Cancer Control Grant) In this role Kristian coordinates the Policy, Systems and Environmental initiatives of the Kentucky Cancer Consortium.  Kristian oversees initiatives related to Smoke-free, Obesity and Environmental Carcinogens.  Specifically, within Environmental Carcinogens, Kristian has…

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Rachel Landauer, JD, MPH

Clinical Fellow, Health Law and Policy Clinic

Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation, Harvard Law School

Rachel Landauer is a Clinical Fellow at the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School. Her work spans the Center’s public health, access to health care, and social determinants of health initiatives. Rachel is a co-author of the issue brief: Radon Risk Reduction: A Fractured Policy…

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Sophia Breggia

Clinic Student, Health Law and Policy Clinic

Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation, Harvard Law School

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Clay Hardwick

Radon Program Coordinator

Kentucky Department for Public Health

Clay Hardwick is the State Radon Program Coordinator within the Kentucky Department for Public Health.  His key focus has been on maintaining and growing critical partnerships within the Kentucky Radon Coalition.  He continues to be a member of the Radon Measurement Quality Assurance Committee with AARST (American Association of Radon…

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Shannon Baker

Director, Advocacy

American Lung Association

Shannon Baker is the director of advocacy for the American Lung Association, where she works to prevent lung disease and improve lung health by advocating for proven public policies. She has held positions in both development and advocacy since joining the American Lung Association in 2016. Leveraging over 20 years…

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Kyle Hoylman

Managing Partner

Protect Environmental

Kyle Hoylman co-founded Protect Environmental in 2005, where he currently serves as its Managing Partner. He has led the company in the completion of more than 5,900 radon and chemical vapor intrusion projects across the country since its founding, developing several proprietary systems for vapor mitigation and management of long-term…

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Stacy Stanifer, PhD, APRN, AOCNS

Assistant Professor

University of Kentucky College of Nursing

  • Co-Leader, UK Center for Appalachian Research in Environmental Sciences Community Engagement Core,

Stacy Stanifer, PhD, APRN, AOCNS is an Assistant Professor at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing and Co-Leader of the UK Center for Appalachian Research in Environmental Sciences Community Engagement Core. Dr. Stanifer’s research interests concentrate on reducing exposure to two environmental carcinogens, radon and secondhand smoke, as a…

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Moderator

Sarah Downer, JD

Associate Director, Whole Person Care, Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation

Harvard Law School

Cambridge, MA

Sarah Downer is a Clinical Instructor at the Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation of Harvard Law School and co-directs the Center’s Whole Person Care Initiative, which seeks to improve care for underserved individuals at every point of interaction with the health care system. She serves as a Special…

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