Larry J. Gordon Papers - 1980-1989

A collection of information of papers published by one of the Academy’s Founding Members and selected material from his professional archives. This listing includes details about the papers published during this decade.

Year Title Location Description Keywords
1989 No Use in Closing the Barn Doors Now Journal of Environmental Health Discusses transfer of programs from the USPHS to create EPA, development of state environmental agencies, reasons for change, recommendations for the future. Creation of EPA, Muskie Committee, Ashe Committee, impact of health care in health departments, shifting focus of schools of public health
1989 Risk Communication and Environmental Health Priorities Presentation to Western Social Science Association, published in Journal of Environmental Health September/October 1989 Cites examples and comparisons, and emphasizes the necessity of improved risk assessment and risk communication in the field of environmental health. Risk assessment, risk communication, tobacco, slow suicide, morbidity, mortality, epidemiology, media, priorities, emotional response, political leaders, sickness treatment, prevention
1989 The Risk of Inadequate Risk Communication Western Social Science Association Both government and industry have been inadequate risk communicators. Many programs developed on the basis of emotion in the absence of adequate risk assessment and epidemiology resulting in the wrong priorities, ineffective programs, and confusing methodologies. Risk assessment, risk communication, epidemiology, environmental priorities
1988 Gordon Announces Retirement Plans News release from Governor Garrey Carruthers News release announcing Larry Gordon’s retirement as New Mexico Cabinet Secretary for Health and Environment; indicating Gordon’s 38 year professional background, achievements, awards and honors, future plans. Experience, professional management, public policy
1988 Gordon Receives Distinguished Public Service Award New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Award Ceremony Governor’s Office news release announcing 1988 Distinguished Service Award, citing Gordon’s professional background and achievements, future plans. Public service contributions
1988 New Mexicans Earn Salute for Public Service Albuquerque Journal Announcement of 1988 Public Service Award, and lists some of Gordon’s contributions to New Mexico and the City of Albuquerque. Public service, recognition, statutes, air, water, occupational health and safety, Model Cities, urban renewal, housing conservation, low rent/leased housing
1988 Parting Thoughts Environment News Digest, Fall 1988 Larry Gordon’s retirement memo to staff suggesting a number of managerial and policy considerations. Professionalism, communication, training, education, involvement, delegation, decision-making, participation, career development, respect, encouragement, accountability, performance, priorities, stabilize, sense of humor
1988 The Myth of Modern Medicine Food Protection Inside Report, March 1988, excerpt from Larry Gordon’s convocation address at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, May 16, 1987 Convocation address describing public health, relationship to medicine, and some of the progress made through health promotion, disease prevention and environmental health. medical care, medicine, prevention, public health, disease prevention, health promotion, environmental health, health care
1988 Dear Senator Domenici: Excerpt published in APHA Section on Environment Newsletter, Spring 1989 Details the then current and projected shortage of qualified environmental health practitioners and recommends an approach. Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, USPHS Bureau of Health Professions, hazardous materials, water, wastewater, food protection, solid wastes, housing, insect and rodent control, injury prevention, air pollution, legislation, student support, governmental responsibility
1988 Retiring HED Boss Made Mark on Land, Government Albuquerque Journal Gordon’s career and contributions as sanitarian through NM Cabinet Secretary for Health and Environment upon retirement from state government. Enduring official, forceful advocate, environmental protection, preventive health care, high school teacher, comprehensive environmental agency, scientific laboratory, environmental health department, deputy secretary, laws, air, water, OSHA, professional, food, land, economic development, prevention, delegate, stability, news media, public health expert, sanitarian, creating agencies, Cabinet Secretary
1987 Commission on the Arizona Environment Commission on the Arizona Environment, Sedona, Arizona Presentation describing the New Mexico Environmental Improvement Division. Prevention of significant deterioration, comprehensive programming, fragmentation prevention, NM Environmental Improvement Board, NM Water Quality Control Commission, environmental health problems, public health sciences
1987 Evaluating the Environmental Health Workforce National “Evaluating the Environmental Health Workforce,” Airlie House, VA Keynote presentation discussing the size, complexity, activities and educational needs of the environmental health workforce. Environmental health professionals, professionals in environmental health, schools of public health, environmental health academic programs, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, National Public Health Reporting System, EPAs, primacy of prevention, environmental health practitioners
1987 Letter Health and Environment Department Staff, 1987 State Capitol, Santa Fe, NM Letter to all Health and Environment staff indicating policy, expectations, and priorities for my tenure as New Mexico Secretary for Health and Environment. essential services, stockholders, legislators, Governor, pursuit of excellence, problem-solving, organizational efficiency, training, career development, political process, community involvement, blueprints for action, program guides, news media, public information, professional behavior
1987 Convocation Address, UNM School of Medicine UNM Medical School Explores the public health/medicine interface, including differences between sickness treatment and public health. Public health, medicine, sickness treatment, preventive medicine, health status, disease reduction, immunization, pasteurization, chlorination, sewage treatment, smoking reduction, seat belts, alcohol abuse, STDs, teenage pregnancies, diabetes, influenza, hypertension, accidents, dental hygiene, drug abuse, infant mortality, nutrition, physical fitness, communicable diseases, cancer, obesity, hepatitis, pertussis, tetanus, COPD, suicides, epidemiology, risk assessment
1987 Acceptance Comments, Sedgwick Memorial Medal American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA Brief comments accepting the oldest and highest award of the American Public Health Association. William Thompson Sedgwick, Sanitarian, Sedgwick Memorial Medal
1987 Gordon Is Awarded Sedgwick Memorial Medal The Nation’s Health, October-November 1987 Lists reasons Gordon awarded Sedgwick Memorial Medal, APHA’s oldest and most prestigious continuing award. Model agencies, safety, health, well-being, future generations, legislation, public information, staff training, career development, president APHA, hazardous waste, advocacy, guidance
1987 Sedgwick Memorial Medal Citation APHA Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA Citation for the Sedgwick Memorial Medal, the oldest and highest award of the American Public Health Association. Visionary, biologist, sanitarian, teacher, public health leader, author
1987 Testimony, Legislative Finance Committee Legislative Finance Committee Hearing Lists the various services and indicates budgetary needs of the NM Health and Environment Department, the largest department in state government. Services, divisions, pursue excellence, professionals, public information, delegating, health policy, epidemiology, risk assessment, prevention, promotion, training, communication, planning, performance, program guide
1986 Blueprint for Environmental Health Albuquerque, NM Describes the problems, activities, needed improvements, and suggested additional activities for all city-county environmental health responsibilities. Hazardous waste, water quality, water supply, liquid waste, plague surveillance, insect control, rodent control, animal control, air quality, food protection, swimming pools, noise pollution, massage parlors
1986 Clean Air: A Right or a Luxury? Journal of Public Health Policy Discusses factors involved in the debates over Federal clean air standards. Cost-benefit analyses, economic benefits, agricultural damage, recreational value, prevention of significant deterioration, public support, influence peddling, acid rain
1986 Governor Carruthers appoints Gordon Health and Environment Secretary Albuquerque Journal Announcement that Governor Carruthers appoints Larry Gordon Secretary for Health and Environment. Environment, public health, APHA, Secretary for Health and Environment
1986 Skills/Roles Required of Personnel Dealing With Quick Response Situations HRSA Workshop On “Education and Training for Health Risk Assessment and Management of Hazardous Waste,” Arlington, VA. Published in NCLEHA Newsletter, September, 1986. Presentation describing various skills and roles of environmental health personnel in quick response situations. Risk assessment, risk management, epidemiology, toxicology, personnel resources, fiscal resources, legal resources
1986 Soviet Public Health Tour and Seminars Moscow, Samarkand, Bukhara, Tashkent, Leningrad Summarizes observations and seminars held by Education Leader Larry Gordon. Polyclinic, environmental health, food protection, hazardous waste, radioactive waste, occupational health, water pollution, acid rain, nuclear power, air pollution, water supply, cross-connections
1985 Larry Gordon to lead Russian health tour Article in Albuquerque Tribune Announces plans to lead a public health tour in the Soviet Union. Soviet Union, public health, Soviet officials, health institutes, Soviet-American conference
1985 Primacy of Prevention APHA President’s Column, “The Nation’s Health” Column thanking APHA member for lessening the effects of the budgetary ax-wielding process, and emphasizing the cost-benefit superiority of prevention. Disease prevention, health promotion, block grants, sickness treatment, hypertension, family planning, venereal disease control, genetic research, water pollution, hazardous waste, health education
1985 Statement Regarding Right-To-Know NM Environmental Improvement Board Testimony supporting Right-To-Know Right-to-know, hazardous chemicals, public health issue, legislative approval
1985 Testimony, Federal Clean Air Act Subcommittee on Health and Environment of the Energy and Commerce Committee, U.S. House of Representatives Testimony supporting key provisions of the Federal Clean Air Act and recommending specific improvements. Automobile inspection and maintenance, prevention of significant deterioration, best available control technology, technology forcing, atmospheric particles
1984 EPA Hazardous Waste Testimony Washington, DC Testimony describing local hazardous waste problems, needs, and making recommendations. Hazardous waste, water pollution, waste migration, waste leaching, superfund, federal-state hazardous program, waste storage, waste transportation, waste treatment, landfills, Resource Recovery and Conservation Act, waste spills
1984 Gordon receives Lester Breslow Award for Distinguished Achievement in Public Health University of NM Campus News, Award presented in Los Angeles Announcement that Larry Gordon received the Lester Breslow Award for Distinguished Achievement in Public Health from the Los Angeles Department of Health Services. Distinguished achievement, public health, blurred vision
1984 Lest We All Forget 1984 Meeting of the American Inter-Society Academy for the Certification of Sanitarians Comments paying homage to the original members of the Sanitarians Joint Council who envisioned and designed the American Inter-Society Academy for the Certification of Sanitarians (now the American Academy of Sanitarians). Names of members of both groups listed. Davis Calvin Wagner Award, Professional sanitarians, Sanitarians Joint Council, American Inter-Society Academy for the Certification of Sanitarians
1984 The Environment Published in Church and Society Magazine Short article describing the scope and purpose of environmental health programs and lists 15 such programs. Health hazards, safety, comfort, well-being, priorities
1984 Academy Lauds Gordon Journal of Environmental Health Announcement of the 1984 Davis Calvin Wagner Sanitarian Award for Excellence, American Academy of Sanitarians. Accomplishments, legislation, air quality, water pollution, leadership, hazardous waste, president APHA, Mangold Award, Snyder Award, Environmental Improvement, Scientific Laboratory, Health and Environment Department
1984 Indianapolis Health Day Keynote Indianapolis, Indiana Emphasizes public health, health policy, health education, prevention, environmental health, energy problems. Prevention, public health, health care, environmental health, tobacco, sickness treatment, health policy, health status, quality of life, management
1983 Another State’s Perspective Environmental Health Forum, Baton Rouge, LA A presentation suggesting factors to be considered when organizing state-level environmental health programs. Environmental health organization, program fragmentation, political clamor, program scope, fiscal support, environmental health goal, mission, conflict-of-interest
1983 Evolving from Problems to Quality of Life Albuquerque Environmental Health and Energy Department Program Guide Circular chart indicating steps involved in problem solving and attaining quality of life. problems, proposals; planning, design, development; implementation, administration, problem solving, positive health, environmental quality, quality of life
1983 Program-Problem Relationship Chart Albuquerque Environmental Health and Energy Department Program Guide Chart indicating that properly designed environmental health programs could impact a spectrum of environmental health problems. Air, food, radiation, solid waste, hazardous waste, insect, rodent, water supply, noise, recreation, institutional, occupational, water pollution
1982 New Environment Chief May Lift Cloud of Criticism Albuquerque Journal Feature article regarding Gordon returning to position as Director, Albuquerque Environmental Health Department. Soft-spoken, self-effacing, air quality, praise, health professional, effective administrator, tenaciousness, environmental quality
1982 State Official Resigns for Position With City Albuquerque Journal Announcement that Gordon resigns as New Mexico Deputy Secretary for Health and Environment to return to position as Director, Albuquerque Environmental Health Department. Innovative leader, respected manager
1981 The Impact of Reagans’s Health Policies New Mexico Hospital Association Annual Meeting Keynote presentation summarizing President Reagan’s planned policies on disease prevention, health promotion and environmental health. Health services, personal health, environmental health, health planning, health budgets, Block Grants, Clean Air Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, Occupational Safety and Health Act, Hazardous Waste Program, categorical programs, constituency, family planning, acid rain
1981 Block Grants and the Health of the Public  APHA President’s Column, “The Nation’s Health.” Discusses history and status of block grants for health programs. Block grants, 314 (d), categorical programs, Mental Health, Family Planning, Migrant Health, Community Health Centers
1981 Energy Appetite Burgeoning President’s Column, “The Nation’s Health” APHA President’s column decrying the nation’s burgeoning energy appetite and suggesting measures for amelioration. Economic vitality, health and environmental problems, expanding population, gluttony of energy, energy sources, conservation, bumbling, confusion, consumer behavior, incentives, solar resources, alcohol
1981 Environmental Health Personnel and Program Priorities for the Eighties USPHS Workshop, Rockville, MD, published in Newsletter, Conference of Local Environmental Health Administrators November 1981 Presentation discussing various problems associated with the workforce, education and training for environmental health practitioners, personnel needs. Priorities, educational changes, personnel changes, agency changes, disease changes, schools of public health, gap between town and gown
1981 Health and Environment Pioneer is Chief of National Association Published in University of New Mexico Alumnus Article describing some of Larry Gordon’s accomplishments and his role in protecting the environment at the time he was elected President of the American Public Health Association. Pioneer, accomplishments, American Public Health Association, Congress, Environmental Improvement Agency, Scientific Laboratory System, City-County Environmental Health Department
1981 Health Issues and the Population Problem Conference on Population/Resources/Environment, Washington, DC Presentation iterating relationships between population, health and environment. Population stabilization, carrying capacity, home range, pollution popullution, educational measures, land use, fiscal policies, economic incentives, ecological relationships, disease, adaptation, energy shortages, congestion, crime, famine,racial justice, sexual equality, technology sharing, social values, demographic research, epidemiology
1981 Is Our Environment a Treasure or a Dumping Ground? APHA President’s column in “The Nation’s Health.” Description of the impact of President Reagan’s budget on health and environmental services. Sick environment, pollution, family planning, occupational safety and health, health education, venereal disease control, rat control, immunizations, mental health, smoking cessation, drug abuse, alcoholism
1981 National Public Health Leadership Conference Remarks National Public Health Leadership Conference Remarks, published as APHA President’s Column in “The Nation’s Health.” Presentation describing the attacks being made on personal and environmental health programs. Crisis, health policy, personal health, environmental health, health status, pro-active, poor nutrition, fouled air, polluted water, block grants, energy costs, Clean Air Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, Hazardous Waste Program, Occupational Health and Safety Act, grass roots support, environmental conscience
1981 A Separate Federal Department of Health: Environmental Health and Other Prevention Issues Published in Journal of Public Health Policy, Vol 2 No 3, 1981 Discusses organizational issues and conflicts-of-interest associated with the possible creation of a Federal Department of Health and Environment. Reorganization, duplication, fragmentation, prevention, sickness treatment, environmental health, problems, health goals, scope, Environmental Protections Agency, Food and Drug Administration, Occupational Safety and Health Administration, consumer protection, public service, efficiency, economy
1981 Conference of State Sanitary Engineers Presentation National Sanitation Foundation, Ann Arbor, MI Discusses the role of the American Public Health Association in a variety of national environmental health policy issues. Policy, air pollution, radiation protection, noise pollution, drinking water, solid wastes, hazardous wastes, food protection, milk sanitation, insect and rodent control, occupational health and safety, superfund
1981 Dear Mr. President (2) Letter to The President, The White House States reasons for opposing the nomination of Anne Gorsuch for Administrator, EPA and recommends desirable qualifications for the position. Qualifications, managerial skills, scientific knowledge, agency mission, environmental protection, pollution controls, fox-in-the-henhouse
1981 Environmental Health and Program Priorities for the Eighties USPHS Workshop on Preparation for Practice in Environmental Health, Rockville, MD Discusses types of personnel, programs and educational needs for environmental health personnel. Educational purpose, curricula changes, environmental changes, changing priorities, changing organizations, disease changes, changing personnel, sources of personnel, schools of public health, managerial skills, technical skills, accreditation, registration acts, funding, basic health sciences, career possibilities
1981 Environmental Health: New Problems, New Responses for the 80s American Public Health Association, Los Angeles, CA Keynote for a session titled “Projected Changes in Public Health Training in the Decade of the 80s. Public opinion, personnel requirements, scope of programs, societal expectations, organizations, evolving problems, management, leadership, political process, public relation, organizational behavior, planning, diverse agencies, epidemiology, registration, research, priorities, fiefdoms, career heights
1981 EPA in Transition Guest Editorial, Journal of Pubic Health Policy Expresses concerns of the American Public Health Association about the certain actions and policies of the EPA during the Reagan Administration. EPA, OSHA, health programs, environmental backlash, public opinion, environmental protection facilities, polluting industries, environmental scientists, health effects research, acid rain, hazardous wastes, toxic chemicals, solar energy, clean air, clean water, no significant deterioration
1981 Federal Clean Air Act Published in “The Nation’s Health” APHA President’s Column promoting re-authorization of the Federal Clean Air Act, and stating reasons. Clean Air Act, pollution, health problems, epidemiology, absenteeism, agriculture, recreation, tourism, economic benefits, animal and plant life, acid rain, smog, political will, Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works
1981 Industry’s Role in Disease Prevention Single Service Institute, Pinehurst, NC; published in Environment News Digest, Nov/Dec 1981 Specific recommendations for industry regarding environmental health and disease prevention efforts. Quality environment, healthy economy, environmental degradation, health policy, disease prevention, health promotion, business interests, medical care costs
1981 Popullution: The 1981 APHA Presidential Address Presented at the 109th Annual Meeting of the American Public Health Association, Los Angeles, CA; published in the American Journal of Public Health April 1982, Vol. 72, No. 4. Discusses environmental and personal health impacts associated with over-population and suggest a number of preventive measures. Overpopulation, carrying capacity, popullution, land use, desertification de-forestation, environmental quality, ecology, energy crisis, housing, crime, hunger, over-crowding, species extinction, agricultural lands, water shortages, educational measures, zoning and land-use
1981 Sanitarian: A Title or a Profession? Editorial, Journal of Environmental Health, Jan/Feb 1981 Professional recognition must be earned; professional sanitarians in high level policy and leadership roles in government, academia and industry; professionalism lies in the eyes of the beholder. Professionalism, job title, organizations, broad goals, inspectional roles
1981 Testimony, U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee re- Clean Air Act U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, published in Congressional Record Testimony covering various issues dealing with the Federal Clean Air Act. Pollution health effects, absenteeism, health care costs, corrosion, sterile lakes, agricultural damage, property damage, worker efficiency, moral, comfort ,quality of life, insurance rates, environmental degradation, premature deaths, prevention of significant deterioration, deadlines, non-attainment, mobile sources, acid rain, toxic air pollutants, EPA relationships and role
1980 Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Proceedings of Governors Conference on Disease Prevention and Health Promotion Publication describing the advantages of disease prevention and health promotion. Disease prevention, health promotion, cost-benefit, health status, sickness treatment, health costs, health education, environmental health, health policy
1980 Must We Have a Sick Environment to Have a Health Economy? National Health Forum, Phoenix, Arizona Presentation debunking some of the economic criticism of environmental health measures. Public clamor, health care costs, disease, disability, quality of life, environmental epidemiology, population stabilization, energy addiction, regulatory methods, public support, prevention
1980 Gordon to Head Health Association Albuquerque Journal Describes a few national legislative priorities Gordon will pursue as President of the American Public Health Association, and summarizes his professional experience. Congress, hazardous wastes, Clean Air Act, prevention of significant deterioration
1980 Environmental Health Organization and Management: Some Different Experiences University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston, Texas Presentation to faculty and students, Environmental Science/Human Ecology Seminar. EH organization, management foundations, program methodology, legislative demands, territorial defense, decision making, developing employees, program scope, program methods
1980 Food Protection: Mission,Goal, Methodology Journal, National Environmental Health Association Editorial describing food protection issues and making recommendations for improvement. Food protection, food sanitation, General Accounting Office, Food and Drug Administration, mission, goal, compliance level, program methodology
1980 Status Quo? Editorial, Journal of Environmental Health Editorial suggesting the need for organizational and programmatic changes. Organizations, program reevaluation, desire, action, perseverance, aggressiveness, willingness to lose

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