We are currently surveying young women of color in Northern Manhattan to better understand their use of and attitudes towards personal care products. The following informational pamphlet is what we have been handing out to individuals once they have taken the survey:
DO YOU KNOW WHAT IS IN YOUR COSMETICS, HAIR CARE, & OTHER PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS?
Personal care products are largely unregulated and many of the items you use every day contain toxic chemicals. Everyone is at risk, but women of color face the greatest exposure from the products that are marketed to them.
To ensure our community is aware of the risks posed by the chemicals commonly found in these products, WE ACT has partnered with Columbia’s NIEHS Center for Environmental Health and the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health to bring you a community briefing on cosmetics and other personal care products.
Our goal is to raise awareness of the serious health hazards people face when using these products as well as to provide suggestions on how you can minimize those risks.
Uptown Chats Beauty Inside Out Panel Discussion
On November 13th, 2019, we hosted a special Uptown Chats panel discussion of racial bias in beauty standards, how it results in toxic products being marketed to women of color, and what we can do about it. The discussion advanced our effort to increase awareness of this issue and its impact on communities of color, and set the stage for our advocacy for legislation that will address it. The panel featured (L-R): Freelance Beauty & Lifestyle Writer Blake Newby as the moderator, Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health’s Assistant Professor of Epidemiology Dr. Jasmine McDonald, WE ACT’s Director of Environmental Heath Lubna Ahmed, Follain’s Store Educator Kiana Michaan, and WE ACT’s Director of Federal Legislative Affairs Kerene Tayloe. WE ACT’s Co-Founder & Executive Director Peggy Shepard provided the opening and closing remarks. You can watch a video of the event here (and below).
WE ACT’s Beauty Inside Out panel discussion on Nov. 13, 2019.
Beauty Inside Out Community Briefing
On January 16th, 2019, we hosted a free community briefing at The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture about the hazards of personal care products. Below is the program booklet for the event along with the presentations given by our staff and guest speakers. We have also included a video of the entire event.
WE ACT Beauty Inside Out Event Program Booklet (link to PDF)
Environmental Justice and Beauty Products (link to PDF)
Milagros de Hoz, Environmental Health Programs Manager, WE ACT for Environmental Justice
The Environmental Injustice of Beauty: Understanding the links between Beauty Products and Health Among Women of Color (link to PDF)
Dr. Ami Zota, Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the George Washington University School of Public Health
Hair Product Use and the Age at Menarche (link to PDF)
Dr. Jasmine A. McDonald, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
Exposure X 2: Use and Safety of Personal Care Products During Pregnancy (link to PDF)
Dr. Miranda Spratlen, Postdoctoral Research Scientist at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health
A Public Health Approach to Addressing Metals in Cosmetic and Personal Care Products (link to PDF)
Dr. Paromita Hore, the Deputy Director of the Environmental Risk Assessment Unit within the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Bureau of Environmental Disease and Injury Prevention
Left to Right: New York State Assemblymember Carmen De La Rosa; WE ACT Director of Environmental Health Lubna Ahmed; WE ACT Deputy Director and Director of Policy Initiatives Cecil Corbin-Mark; WE ACT Co-Founder and Executive Director Peggy Shepard; Dr. Ami Zota, Assistant Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the George Washington University School of Public Health; Dr. Miranda Spratlen, Postdoctoral Research Scientist at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health; Dr. Paromita Hore, the Deputy Director of the Environmental Risk Assessment Unit within the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Bureau of Environmental Disease and Injury Prevention; Dr. Jasmine A. McDonald, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology at the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health; WE ACT Environmental Health Programs Manager Milagros de Hoz; and Diana Hernández, Director, Center for Environmental Health in Northern Manhattan at the Beauty Inside Out community briefing on Personal Care Products on January 16th, 2019 at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, New York.
The January 16th, 2019 community briefing was also streamed live on Facebook and is now available on our YouTube channel.