The Leadership Council has  finalized the Action Agenda using input gathered throughout the process.

While comments are no longer being accepted, both the Draft Action Agenda and the public comments submitted remain available on this website. The final Action Agenda is available here.

View comments submitted on the draft Action Agenda.

About the National Conversation

The National Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposures was a collaborative project, supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). The National Conversation vision is that chemicals are used and managed in ways that are safe and healthy for all people. The project’s goal was to develop an Action Agenda with clear, achievable recommendations that can help government agencies and other organizations strengthen their efforts to protect the public from harmful chemical exposures. The National Conversation Leadership Council authored the Action Agenda, utilizing input from project work groups, and members of the public who chose to participate in listening sessions, web dialogues and community conversations.


CDC and ATSDR worked with several partners to manage the National Conversation project, including:

Work Group Reports

The National Conversation project included six work groups, formed to research and make recommendations on the following cross-cutting public health and chemical exposures issues. To view work group reports and the comments received on them, please visit each work group’s page: