Film subject sitting on bench with scenery including pond in the background.

“Living Downstream” Regional Premiere and Panel Discussion

film poster shows film subjects face, with body made of water

The Public Health Nurse Club will host a regional premiere of “Living Downstream” Sept. 26 at SJSU.

Date: September 26, 2011

Time: 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Location: Barrett Ballroom, SJSU Student Union

Summary: The Public Health Nurse Club at The Valley Foundation School of Nursing will host a regional premiere of the 2010 film “Living Downstream.” This is in collaboration with the SJSU Department of Health Science, SJSU Masters of Public Health Student Association and SJSU Health Science Undergraduate Student Association. The screening will be preceded by a light reception hosted by the SJSU College of Applied Sciences and Arts, and followed by a panel discussion. This event is free, open to the public, and expected to draw over 300 students, academics and professionals. Sponsors include the California Public Health Association-North and Santa Clara County Public Health Department.

Based on the acclaimed book “by ecologist and cancer survivor Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D., ‘Living Downstream’ is an eloquent and cinematic documentary,” says the movie’s website. “This poetic film follows Sandra during one pivotal year as she travels across North America, working to break the silence about cancer and its environmental links. After a routine cancer screening, Sandra receives some worrying results and is thrust into a period of medical uncertainty. Thus, we begin two journeys with Sandra: her private struggles with cancer and her public quest to bring attention to the urgent human rights issue of cancer prevention.”

Paul English, California Department of Public Health state environmental epidemiologist and science adviser for the Environmental Health Investigations Branch, will moderate the discussion. Panelists include:

  • Dean Peterson PE, REHS – San Mateo County Public Health Department, Environmental Health Director
  • Barbra Burgel RN, PhD – Clinical Professor, UCSF School of Nursing, Occupational Health Nursing Graduate Program
  • Leticia Márquez-Magaña PhD – Professor of Biology, San Francisco State University, Health Equity Institute
  • Analilia P. Garcia DrPH MPH – San Jose State University
  • Dr. Cindy Russell MD – Palo Alto Medical Foundation

For more information, please contact Vanndy Loth of the SJSU Public Health Nurse Club.