From CPH: "Gold Mining and Health: Balancing Economy and Welfare"

March 22, 2017
College of Public Health

UPDATED (as of 17 March 2017)

Organized by: Department of Environmental & Occupational Health (DEOH); Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics (DEB); Department of Health Policy & Administration

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--- About the Lecture and Speaker ---


The Department of Environment and Natural Resources announced the closure of twenty-three mining operations in several areas in the country early this February. In a press conference, DENR Secretary Gina Lopez said, "We have decided to close any kind of mining operation in functional watersheds”. This triggered discussions on both the positive and negative effects of mining and how “responsible mining” can be practiced in the Philippines.

Dr. Goldsmith’s lecture aims to strike a balance between economy and welfare. It presents evidence on the health effects of gold mining to workers, children, and the surrounding communities. Furthermore, implications to policies covering these activities will be tackled so as to address the needs of all parties – the mining companies, workers, community members and other stakeholders.


Dr. Goldsmith’s lecture has the following objectives:
1. Describe the environmental and health effects of mining, contrasting risk among children and adults
2. Identify measures to mitigate these effects


Dr. David Goldsmith is an Associate Research Professor and Professorial Lecturer of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, at the Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University, in Washington DC. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Human Science, School of Nursing and Health Studies, Georgetown University, in Washington DC. He is currently a Fullbright Specialist at Ateneo de Manila University, Department of Environmental Science. Dr. Goldsmith completed his Master of Science in Public Health, Epidemiology, and PhD, Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is a member of the International Epidemiological Association, International Society for Environmental Epidemiology, and International Society for Exposure Science. His primary research interests are on silica, silicosis, cancer and other diseases related to mining, pesticides, and the health of unionized railroad right of way workers in the U.S. Currently, he is the President of the Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics (AOEC) in Washington DC, and a Member of the Board of Directors for Workplace Health without Borders (WHWB)-U.S.