Identifying Opportunities to Understand, Control, and Prevent Exposure to PFAS

A Workshop from the Environmental Health Matters Initiative

Event Overview

The use of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluroalkyl substances (PFAS)–fluorinated organic compounds that appear in such materials as firefighting foams, cleaning products, and coatings to treat carpeting, packaging, and cookware–has led to widespread environmental contamination. The first workshop of the Environmental Health Matters Initiative (EHMI) will explore human exposure to PFAS, discuss options for controlling PFAS exposures, and consider innovative approaches for preventing PFAS exposures. The ultimate goal is to highlight what various sectors can do to advance our understanding of the extent of human exposure to PFAS and to reduce or prevent PFAS exposure.

This event is public and free to attend. Register here. 

A link to our live webcast and audience polling tool will appear here on the date of the workshop.


Thursday, September 26, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Friday, September 27, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


The National Academies Keck Center 

500 Fifth Street, NW 

Washington, DC, 20001 

Location: Room 100 on Thursday and the E Street Conference Room on Friday. This event will also be webcast.


Attendee Disclaimer

  • This workshop is being webcast. The recording will be archived and available to the public.
  • Your comments are on the record and may be attributed to you.
  • All comments made reflect individual insights, not the position of the National Academies.
  • This workshop will not result in a consensus study or peer-reviewed findings.

Organizing Committee

  • Jonathan M. Samet, Colorado School of Public Health (Chair)
  • John L. Adgate, Colorado School of Public Health
  • Rula Deeb, Geosyntec
  • Elizabeth Harriman, University of Massachusetts, Lowell
  • Philip R.S. Johnson, The Heinz Foundation 
  • Patricia L. Mabry, Health Partners Institute
  • Elsie Sunderland, Harvard University

Lead Staff

  • Ellen Mantus, Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology
  • Stephanie Johnson, Water Sciences and Technology Board
  • Marilee Shelton-Davenport, Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology