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2012 Children's Health Month Activities

"Expanding the Conversation on Environmental Health"

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International Walk to School Day
October 3, 2012

International Walk to School Day is a global event that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day. It began in 1997 as a one-day event. Over time, this event has become part of a movement for year-round safe routes to school and a celebration – with record breaking participation – each October. Today, thousands of schools across America – from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico – participate every October. For more information, visit the event website.

EPA Office of Research and Development, Chemical Safety for Sustainability Research Webinar
October 17, 2012

In celebration of Children's Health month, ORD's Chemical Safety for Sustainability (CSS) Research Program will hold an internal webinar for EPA Program Offices and Regions.

The webinar will focus on the following research:
  • The Virtual Embryo Research Project
  • Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals
  • PCBs in Schools Research
  • Exposure Models
  • Identifying HTS (high throughput screening) signatures for adverse outcomes
Webinar information: https://epa.connectsolutions. com/csswebinar
Teleconference# (866) 299-3188
Conference Code (2025643269)

Region 1 - Boston (serving Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont)

SPLASH!... A Conference Focused on Water, the Environment, and Related Careers
October 2, 2012

US EPA-Region 1, in co-sponsonship with Roxbury Community College, Massachusetts Water Works Association, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, and Boston Youth Environmental Network, is participating in SPLASH on October 2, 2012. SPLASH is a conference focused on water, the environment and related careers for youth 14 yrs to 24 yrs. For more information, visit http://www.rcc.mass.edu/cce/splash .asp

National Green Ribbon Schools Award Conference in Massachusetts
October 5, 2012
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Please join us for the first National Green Ribbon Schools Award Conference in Massachusetts Sponsored by the Indoor Air Quality in Schools Taskforce*, facilitated by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.
  • Learn about the comprehensive approach we are using in Massachusetts to create "healthy and green" schools.
  • Meet experts who can mentor your school staff and students to create healthy and sustainable learning environments.
  • Hear how your school can apply.
  • Gather valuable and useful resources
Space is limited. You must attend as a team! Register early with a 2-3 person team from your school that is excited to learn more about this comprehensive approach. Register today at http://nat ionalgreenribbonschoolawardconference.eventbrite.com. For more information, contact Tolle Graham or call 617-825-7233 x19.

Region 3 – Philadelphia (serving Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia)

Integrated Pest Management Training
September 12, 2012

The National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) is conducting a one-day workshop that will focus on IPM for multi-family housing and is targeted towards maintenance staff, pest management contractors and tenants. The training is sponsored by the NCHH and supported by EPA’s Office of Children’s Health Protection. The course, which will be held at the EPA Regional Office, is free and open to the public, however pre-registration is required. To register go to http://www.nchh.org/Training/HealthyHomesTrainingCenter/TrainingP artners/PennState.aspx.

US Fish & Wildlife Cradle of Birding Festival
September 15, 2012

The John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum will be hosting its annual "Cradle of Birding" Wildlife and Conservation Festival on Saturday, Sept.15 from 7AM to 3PM. The free event is sponsored by the Friends of the Heinz Wildlife Refuge and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and held in collaboration with dozens of partner conservation organizations. This year’s featured speaker will be Don Freiday, of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and formerly Cape May Bird Observatory with a fun filled afternoon program on "How to Identify Birds like an Expert.”

There will be dozens of exhibitors showcasing just about everything imaginable having to do with nature, how to be eco-friendly, and how you can create your own “refuge” right at home. There will be workshops on birding for every level of birder, non-birding workshops on fly tying and nature photography, and live animal demonstrations including critters from the Philadelphia Zoo and the always popular “Raptor Show” featuring hawks, owls, and eagles. Live music will be provided by Tinicum’s own “Environmental Troubadour, Glen Waldek” EPA Region 3 will have an exhibitor’s table providing educational information on children’s environmental health issues.

Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment (MACCHE) 10th Annual Conference on Children’s Health and the Environment
September 21, 2012

University of Maryland School of Medicine Southern Management
621 W. Lombard St., Baltimore, MD

The Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment (MACCHE) will host its 10th Annual Conference at University of Maryland School of Medicine. This conference will explore the intersection between the environment and child health issues with a focus on Lead, Hydraulic Fracturing, Heavy Metals in Donor Blood, Climate Change and Organic Foods. The conference is a collaboration of the MACCHE, EPA Region 3, ATSDR Region 3, the Children’s National Medical Center, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Maryland School of Medicine and the Baltimore City Health Department. Register at http://www.childrensnational.org/ macche

Take Your Loved One to the Dr Day Health Festival
October 19-20, 2012

The Tom Joyner Morning Show will shine a national spotlight on Philadelphia, PA as the Liacouras Center houses the first ever, Take a Loved One to the Doctor Health Festival. Over the 2-day period health screenings, town hall meetings and other activities and exhibits in the Health Zone, Food & Nutrition Zone, Wellness Zone, Environmental Zone, Fun & Fitness Zone, Recruitment Zone and Beauty Zone will take place. Take Ur Loved one to the Doctor is a targeted campaign to raise health awareness in the Black community. The Initiative was launched in 2002 with the Department of Health and Human Services and this is the first year that they are taking it to the streets as a health fair. EPA Region 3 will be an exhibitor providing educational information on the environment as it relates to children’s health.

Healthy Palooza
October 20, 2012

Healthy Palooza is a free health fair in the North Philadelphia area. The goal is increasing health awareness by providing FREE health screenings, FREE activities, FREE materials, FREE demonstrations, FREE information, and FREE education. Event is sponsored by the Vietnamese Alliance Church, Philadelphia, PA. Region 3 will have an exhibitors table on environmental issues as it relates to children’s health.

Region 4 – Atlanta (serving Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee)

Children’s Health Month Kickoff Event
October 12-13, 2012
Atlanta, GA

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 4 is partnering with the AT&T Pioneers to host the Children’s Health Month Kickoff at the Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy (CSKYWLA). A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between EPA and CSKYWLA and EPA and the AT&T Pioneers will be signed to support environmental and environmental health education, outreach and program interventions at CSKYWLA and throughout Georgia.

This Children’s Health Month Program will include environmental health and safety classroom activities with the students from CSKYWLA and Best Academy on Friday. Public service activities will also be conducted by the students for the Red Cross, USO and Veterans. Programming will be conducted on issues relevant to this environmental justice community. These issues include environmental justice, landfills, asthma, air quality and environmental investigations.

The program on Saturday will be open to the community with environment, environmental health, safety, recycling, education and public service activities. The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, the U.S. Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Census Bureau, the Turner Foundation, the Anti-Defamation League, Mothers and Others for Clean Air, and the Atlanta Police Department will be participating in this event.

Moultrie Sunbelt Ag Expo
October 16-18, 2012

Representatives from Environmental Education, Lead, Pesticides, Water, Indoor Environments and Children’s Environmental Health Programs will represent the EPA Region 4 at the 35th Sunbelt Ag Expo held in Moultrie, Georgia on October 16-18, 2012. This event attracts over 100,000 visitors and 1200 vendors.

EPA representatives reach a diverse audience with attendees from as far away as Puerto Rico including farmers, teachers, government employees, healthcare workers, and the general public.

Children’s Health Educational Programming
October 16-18, 2012
Moultrie, GA

EPA will visit schools in the Moultrie area, to conduct educational programming to help students learn about protecting themselves and their family from environmental health hazards. Two schools participated earlier this year in a Health Screening and Environmental Health Campaign conducted by nurses from the Southeast Pediatric Environmental Health Unit (PEHSU) and the Emory School of Nursing. Each of these schools has an enrollment of over 1000 students, many of which are part of the migrant farming community.

15th Annual American LeMans Series
October 17-20, 2012

EPA’s Green Racing team will be participating in the 15th Annual American LeMans Series at Road Atlanta on Oct. 17-20, 2012. The Petit LeMans is a green race for cars running on alternative fuel/powertrains. The Green Expo at Road Atlanta is sponsored by the US EPA and US Dept of Energy (DOE). OTAQ has invited the RA’s office to participate in the pre-race events with Margo Oge (EPA-OTAQ) and Pat Davis (DOE).

Region 4 is providing staff for the Green Expo booth event at the race (for the second year). The booth will display and present the alternative fuels being used in various race cars at the Petit LeMans, as well as a few sessions on how to make clean biofuel.


Children’s Health Educational Programming
October 22-26, 2012
Jacksonville, FL

The Region 4 Children’s Environmental Health (CEH) Program has been asked by the Jacksonville Communities in Schools Program to coordinate an Outreach and Education program focusing on S.T.E.M. in the Jacksonville Showcase Community.

Jacksonville Communities in Schools have been a partner of CEH Region 4 for over two years and have arranged school visits for Children’s Health Educational Programming. During this visit it is estimated that CEH will reach students in 8 to 10 schools with environmental health and educational programming from Superfund, Water, Lead, Indoor Environments, and Radiation.

Federal Partners: Working Together To Improve Children’s Health
October 23, 2012
Brown Middle School, Atlanta, GA

Federal Partners, including Department of Agriculture, General Services Administration, Administration for Children and Families, Department of Education, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Transportation, and the Environmental Protection Agency, will host a kick-off announcement to formalize the plans between several federal agencies to work together to address issues and concerns impacting the most vulnerable population - children; and to strengthen our ability to more effectively and efficiently manage federal resources to support this goal.

The federal family will announce their efforts to work collaboratively to enhance and the development of healthy homes, schools, and communities — places where children live, learn and play.

Region 6 – Dallas (serving Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas)

Children’s Heath Fall Festival
October 6, 2012

In celebration of Children’s Health Month, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the City of Dallas, and Keep Dallas Beautiful will hold a Children’s Heath Fall Festival on October 6, 2012 at the Nash Davis Recreation Center in Dallas, Texas. Activities will include clown for kids, electronic recycling, face painting, free pumpkin decorating, entertainment, and much more. EPA recognizes Children's Health Month each October by developing publications and activities that highlight the importance of protecting children from environmental risks. For more information, visit www.epa.gov/region6/children/

Third Regional Child Health Summit – Cook Children’s Hospital
October 9, 2012
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Cendera Center
Cendera Hall
3600 Benbrook Highway
Fort Worth, TX 76116
Space is limited. Please register by September 21, 2012.
To register go to: http://www.cchaps.org/summit

Seventh Biennial Scientific Symposium: How School Environments Affect the Health and Educational Performance of Students
October 25-26, 2012

Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas
Austin, TX

Dell Children’s is the first hospital in the world to achieve Platinum certification under the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) program. For more information and to register, go to http://cehi.org/

Region 8 - Denver (serving Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming)

Denver Public Schools 3rd Annual 8th Grade Career Fair
October 10, 2012
9:30 am – 1:30 pm

Last year the event hosted over 4,000 youth, 150 business/industry partners, 25 post-secondary institutions and received media coverage from major television stations. They anticipate similar attendance and exposure for the 2012 event.

University of Northern Colorado School of Nursing Environmental Health Day
October 11, 2012

The event will be held at the Adams County Head Start in Commerce City, CO. The Rocky Mountain Region PEHSU will be presenting at this event. In addition, some of the nursing students will be developing Healthy Homes outreach displays for the Head Start program to use for training their parents.

One EPA: Protecting Children Where They Live, Learn & Play
October 22, 2012

The Region 8 Children's Environmental Health & Schools Workgroup will be presenting "One EPA: Protecting Children Where They Live, Learn & Play" an in-person CEH training event for Region 8 EPA staff on children's special vulnerabilities to environmental contaminants and how to protect children where they live, learn, and play through EPA multi media/program collaboration.

Healthy Child Cares Webinar
October 11, 2012

More than 12 million children in the U.S. (including infants, toddlers, and pre-schoolers ages 3 to 5) spend a significant portion of their days in child care settings. In this webinar you will learn about major environmental health issues in child care settings and resources to promote and maintain environmental health; the National Health and Safety Performance Standards for Early Care and Education Settings; and Healthy Child Care America, a collaborative effort of health professionals and child care providers working to improve the early education and health and safety of children in out-of-home child care. You will also learn about many resources for helping develop healthier learning environments and more effective caregivers in child care centers and family child care homes across the country. Register here.

Region 9 San Francisco (serving Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, American Samoa, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, Marshall Islands, and Republic of Palau)

Green Schools Summit
September 27 – 28, 2012

The Green California Schools Summit was established to provide a meeting place for stakeholders in the greening of California's schools - from facility managers, finance officers, teachers and administrators to architects, engineers and curriculum developers.

A healthy school environment is a crucial component of a green school. EPA staff will be present at an exhibitor booth distributing materials about the various EPA programs that are designed to help schools and communities address some of the most common areas of environmental health concerns in schools.

Verde River Day
September 29, 2012
Cottonwood, AZ

Free event at Dead Horse Ranch State Park. Verde River Day promotes preservation and care of the environment by showcasing informative exhibits on the Verde's unique riparian habitat. ADEQ Office of Children’s Health will be distributing Children's health materials. For more information, visit http://verderiverday.com/.

North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) 41st Annual Conference
October 9 – 13, 2012

EPA staff will be presenting on environmental education programs and resources for students and educators, as well as sharing grant-writing tips. For more information, visit http://www.naaee.net/conference.

Arizona American Indian Air Quality and Asthma Triggers Conference
October 25, 2012
Flagstaff, AZ

Sessions will include information about achieving "asthma-friendly" indoor environments in homes and schools, and the connections between health and the environment. There will be opportunities to develop community partnerships to address asthma issues, including healthy schools. EPA staff (Indoor Air, Tools for Schools) will moderate and present at this event. For more information, visit http://www4.nau.edu/itep/iaqtc/.
< br> Willowfest at Willow Park
Sponsored by the West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project
October 27, 2012

Street festival sponsored by the West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project, with a focus on environmental health and air quality. EPA staff will host an EPA table with Children's Health outreach materals. For more info, visit: http://www.woeip.org/.

Region 10 – Seattle (serving Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington)

Introducing the Electronic Sensible Schools Quick Assessment Checklist

Just in time for Children's Health Month, EPA has released an easy-to-use brochure for school administrators, parents and staff to help reduce and prevent exposures to common environmental health hazards in schools. The focus is on no cost or affordable steps for healthier indoor and outdoor school environments. To complement the brochure, a handy electronic school checklist to help assess areas for improvement in cost savings, energy efficiency and overall environmental health has been created. The user-friendly, electronic checklist can be opened, completed, saved and printed. Download the Quick Assessment Checklist .

Connecting Children's Health Month with Social Media

Region 10 is launching a fresh, new set of web pages dedicated Children’s Environmental Health. The site has information to support your important work in your schools, homes, child cares and communities with direct links to local contacts.

We invite you to enjoy the Fall 2012 edition of the Region 10 Healthy School News. This edition is celebrates Children's health month with new resources, learning opportunities, and articles that will show you easy steps to help make learning environments for children healthier. Please feel free to print, forward or distribute it widely. Let us know what you think!

Alaska School Health and Wellness Institute
Anchorage, AK
October 29 - 31, 2012

EPA Region 10 and its partners of the Rural Alaska Children's Environmental Health Workgroup will provide a half-day pre-conference workshop on school environmental health during the 7th Annual Alaska School Health and Wellness Institute. The institute is co-sponsored by the Department of Education & Early Development, the Department of Health and Social Services and others. The workshop, titled "Healthy Schools, Healthy Children: Practical Approaches to Enhance School Environmental Health," will feature partners from the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, the Alaska Department of Education, ATSDR, and the Safe Routes to School Program. For more information and to register, visit http://www.akshwi.com/.

Small Steps to Improve Children’s Environmental Health in your Early Childhood Program
October 31, 2012, 2:00 PM EST

If you would like to learn about the major environmental health issues affecting young children, understand why children are uniquely vulnerable to environmental hazards, take an in depth look at Lead and Plastics, and learn free or low-cost preventative actions to reduce environmental health risks, please resister for this exciting webinar. The training is sponsored by Early Childhood Investigations which offers free webinars to early childhood educators. The presenters will be Margo Young (EPA, Region 10), Jacque Sell (Childrens' Creative Learning Centers), and Hester Paul (Eco-Healthy Child Care, Children's Environmental Health Network). Join us by registering here: http://www.earlychildho odwebinars.org/presentations/eco-healthy-child-care-small-steps-to-improve-child rens-environmental-health/

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