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Children's Environmental Health Protection Webcasts


Below is information about children’s environmental health-related Webcasts sponsored by EPA. The views and opinions expressed in the Webcasts are those of the speakers. The speakers' views and opinions are not endorsed by EPA. They do not constitute and should not be construed to constitute any agency determination or policy, nor do they create any legal rights or obligations for EPA or the public.

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2007 Webcasts

2006 Webcasts



2007 Webcasts

 
October 1: Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention for Hispanic Community Leaders. This Webcast was directed to Hispanic community leaders and was offered solely in Spanish.
In celebration of Children's Health Month, this Webcast urged Hispanic Leaders to spread the word to their communities about the importance of decreasing children's contact with lead. Issues addressed included: the importance of lead poisoning prevention; the health effects and exposure routes of lead; lead poisoning prevention resources; and case studies concerning lead exposure.

This Webcast featured presentations by:

  • Liany Elba Arroyo, MPH, Director, Institute for Hispanic Health for the National Council of La Raza
  • Maria Isabel Herran MD FAAP, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics Case Western Reserve University, Co-Director, Rainbow Center for Global Child Health, representing the National Hispanic Medical Association
  • Edward Master, RN, USEPA, Region 5
  • Ben Gitterman, MD, Co-Director, Region 3 PEHSU, the Mid-Atlantic Center for Children's Health and the Environment, Children's National Medical Center, George Washington University
  • Monica Pourrat, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, George Washington University School of Medicine
  • Alfonso Rodriguez-Lainz, PhD, DVM, MPVM, Chief Scientist, Office of Binational Border Health, California Department of Public Health
To receive a copy of the recorded webcast, send an email to OCHPWebcast@icfi.com.

 
July 11: Kids and Healthy Homes - Making the Connection

Speakers included:

  • Deborah Millette, Associate Director for Program Development, Division of Emergency and Environmental Health Services, National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Emily Williams, Director, Healthy Homes Division, Office of Homes and Lead Hazard Control, Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Rebecca Morley, Executive Director, National Center for Healthy Housing
  • Paul Haan, Executive Director, Healthy Homes Coalition, West Michigan
  • Karen L. Meyerson, RN, BSN, AE-C Manager, Asthma Network of West Michigan
To receive a copy of the recorded webcast, send an email to OCHPWebcast@icfi.com.

 
June 6: The Truth about Children’s Environmental Health Disparities

Speakers included:

  • Gilbert C. Gee, Assistant Professor, Department of Health Education and Health Education, University of Michigan School of Public Health
  • David Williams, Florence Sprague Norman and Laura Smart Norman Professor of Public Health Department of Society, Human Development, and Health, Harvard University
  • Janean E. Dilworth-Bart, Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Studies (and Colleen F. Moore, Professor, Associate Chair and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Psychology) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Phil Landrigan, Professor and Chair, Community and Preventative Medicine, Professor, Pediatrics, Mt Sinai School of Medicine
The Webcast was sponsored by EPA and the National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To receive a copy of the recorded webcast, send an email to OCHPWebcast@icfi.com

 
May 24: Climate Change and Children's Health

Speakers included:

  • Katherine M. Shea, MD, MPH, Adjunct Professor, Department of Maternal and Child Health, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Adjunct Faculty, Duke University Medical Center;
  • Pamela Emerson, U.S. EPA Region 10, on detail to Seattle Office of Sustainability and Environment;
  • Roger Rosenblatt, MD, MPH, MFR, Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Family Medicine, Adjunct Professor of Public Health & Forestry, University of Washington School of Medicine.
The Webcast was sponsored by EPA and the National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To receive a copy of the recorded webcast, send an email to OCHPWebcast@icfi.com.

 
April 26: The Next Decade of Children’s Environmental Health Protection

Leaders in children’s environmental health shared their ideas about how to protect children over the next 10 years*. This 90-minute presentation and Webcast was sponsored by EPA, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Speakers included:

  • Howard Frumkin, MD, Dr.P.H., FACP, FACOEM, Director, National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, CDC;
  • William H. Sanders III, Dr.P.H., Acting Director, U.S. EPA Office of Children’s Health Protection and Environmental Education;
  • Carol M. Browner, Principal, The Albright Group LLC, former EPA Administrator and founder of children’s environmental health at EPA;
  • Edward B. Clark, M.D., Chair, Department of Pediatrics, University of Utah, Principal Investigator for the Salt Lake County Vanguard Center for the National Children's Study;
  • Susan West Marmagas, Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee; and
  • Peggy M. Shepard, Executive Director and Co-Founder, WE ACT for Environmental Justice.

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2006 Webcasts

 
October 26: Healthy School Environments Assessment Tool (Healthy SEAT)
EPA has developed a unique software tool to help school districts evaluate and manage their school facilities for key environmental, safety and health issues. The new Healthy School Environments Assessment Tool (HealthySEAT) is designed to be customized and used by district-level staff to conduct completely voluntary self-assessments of their school (and other) facilities and to track and manage information on environmental conditions school by school. This webcast helped acquaint states, school districts, and others with the capabilities and features of HealthySEAT.

Listen to and/or view audio/presentation files of this Webcast or send an email to ICF International at OCHPWebcast@icfi.com for a transcript.

 
October 19: Chemical Management in Schools
Schools use and manage a range of hazardous and toxic chemicals and products. Classrooms, science laboratories, art studios, vocational shops, athletic fields, maintenance facilities, boiler rooms, and storage closets are just a few examples of where hazardous chemicals and products may be found. Often, existing stocks of outdated, unknown, excessive, or unnecessarily hazardous chemicals are present in schools. These chemicals can pose safety and health risks to students and staff, and a number of widely reported incidents involving such chemicals have resulted in school closures and costly clean-ups. A Schools Chemical Cleanout and Prevention program insures that excess, legacy, unused, and improperly stored chemicals are removed, and puts mechanisms in place through which chemicals are purchased wisely, stored safely, handled by trained personnel, used responsibly, and disposed of properly. In addition, pesticide use can cause possible health hazards for school occupants and contribute to environmental pollution. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a safer, usually less costly option for effective pest management in the school community. A school IPM program employs commonsense strategies to reduce sources of food, water, and shelter for pests in school buildings and grounds.

This webcast shared two chemical management success stories—a schools chemical cleanout campaign with the Poarch Band of Creek Indians in Alabama, and the Monroe County, Indiana IPM Program.

Listen to and/or view audio/presentation files of this Webcast or send an email to ICF International at OCHPWebcast@icfi.com for a transcript.

Read the Q & A from this webcast.

 
October 11: Healthy High Performance Schools
Deane Evans, Executive Director, Center for Architecture and Building Science Research, New Jersey Institute of Technology.

"High performance school" refers to the physical facility, the school building, and its grounds. High performance schools often have features such as energy efficient design and operation, use of environmentally preferable building materials, healthy indoor air quality, and easy maintenance. Good teachers and motivated students can overcome inadequate facilities and perform at a high level almost anywhere, but a well-designed facility can truly enhance performance and make education a more enjoyable and rewarding experience. Creating one is not difficult, but it requires an integrated, "whole building" approach to the design process. Key systems and technologies must be considered together, from the beginning of the design process.

Mr. Evans has over 20 years of experience—in the private and public sectors—in architectural design, construction technology and building performance. He defined a healthy, high performing school, discussed the benefits, and explained the process by which schools can be designed or retrofitted to become healthy and high performing.

Listen to and/or view audio/presentation files of this Webcast or send an email to ICF International at OCHPWebcast@icfi.com for a transcript.

Read the Q & A from this webcast.

 
October 5: Safe and Healthy School Environments, an Overview
Howard Frumkin, M.D., DrPH, Director, CDC National Center for Environmental Health and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry; Angelo Bellomo, Director, LA Unified School District Office of Environmental Health and Safety.

A compelling speaker, and editor of the recently published book “Safe and Healthy School Environments,” Dr. Frumkin provided a broad overview of the many issues related to children’s environmental health in schools. He was followed by Angelo Bellomo, who described how he successfully manages environmental health issues for the largest public school district in California using a software tool designed by the district.

Listen to and/or view audio/presentation files of this Webcast or send an email to ICF International at OCHPWebcast@icfi.com for a transcript.


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