Spokane Community Conversation Series

thank you to our series sponsor whitworth university

What's in our water, who decides and why?
Tuesday january 16, 2018

Facilitated by Emily Firman, MPH, MSW (ARCORA) and Jen Wroblewski, MPH (NWABR)

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Fluoride is an element that naturally occurs in soil, oceans and freshwater.  In many drinking water supplies the level of fluoride is carefully monitored to fall within a range deemed healthy by the EPA and CDC. This is accomplished by either adding or removing fluoride. In drinking water supplies (with the exception of artisanal wells) fluoride is monitored and extracted, if necessary, to ensure it doesn't exceed a safe amount. When there is insufficient fluoride in a water supply to reduce cavities communities can supplement with additional fluoride. This adjustment is called community water fluoridation. Most communities in Spokane County do not add or remove fluoride.

Most experts and reputable health organizations consider community water fluoridation safe within certain levels and a useful public health measure to prevent tooth decay. Most US water systems have chosen to provide community fluoridation as a foundation for improved health and prosperity. Opposition to fluoridation in Spokane County is due to concerns over personal choice and also over perceived safety.

Why attend this Conversation? It’s a night out with meaning. Connect with others in your community, discuss facts and opinions and find common ground on what matters to us.


When: January 16, 2018 5:45-7:45PM
Where: O'Doherty's Irish Grille at 525 W Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane, WA 99201
Parking: Paid street and lot parking at restaurant
Cost: $5 Includes discussion and first glass of beer or wine if 21+; all ages welcome
Food: Please plan on enjoying dinner or appetizers. 
Contact: Jen Wroblewski at engagement@nwabr.org and 206-957-3337

Everyone is welcome.  No science background necessary.

In partnership with Spokane Regional Health District, Gonzaga University, Whitworth University and WSU Health Sciences Spokane.

Suggested readings and resources

Great information about fluoride and the debate

CDC's recommendations about fluoridation

American Academy of Pediatrics on fluoridation

Arguments against water fluoridation

Reflections on Previous Topics

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