Children's Health Protection
2010 Children's Health Month Activity Summary
Extensive efforts were made to build partnerships with local agencies and organizations. All were sent letters asking for their help in raising awareness during Children’s Health Month. They were sent calendars and other Children’s Environmental Health information for distribution to their constituents. Partners were chosen because of the work that they do with communities. Outreach efforts were conducted with the following partners:
- Texas Department of State Health Services
- Texas Commission on Environmental Quality
- Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals
- New Mexico Department of Health
- Oklahoma State Department of Health
- Arkansas Department of Health
- Region 6 Border Office
- Cook Children’s Hospital
- Children’s Medical Center
- University of Texas at Tyler
- Santa Fe Community College
- The University of Texas School of Public Health
- University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio
- Recovery School District of Louisiana
- Texas A&M University Research Foundation
- Northeast Independent School District
- Houston Department of Health and Human Services
- Keller Independent School District
To further the outreach efforts in Region 6, the regional office also designed an outreach booth for children’s health and CEH 2011 Calendars.
Peter Grevatt, Director of the Office of Children’s Health Protection, Region 7 senior leadership and staff met with local community organizations to discuss their children’s health projects and to get their perspective on children’s health concerns.
- Rosedale Healthy Kids Initiative -- Kansas City, KS
- Migrant Farm Workers Project -- Kansas City, MO
- The Boys & Girls Clubs – Wyandotte County Branch -- Kansas City, KS
Healthy Indoor Environments Conference
Overland Park, KS
The Healthy Indoor Environments Conference provided education and training in the area of environmental and children’s health. The conference highlighted local experts from the four state region of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska as well as national experts, presenting topics relating to the built environment and how it impacts public health and wellbeing.
The conference featured 32 concurrent sessions, three keynote sessions as well as a variety of vendors, networking opportunities and preconference trainings.
Peter Grevatt, Director of the Office of Children’s Health Protection and Karl Brooks, Region 7 Administrator, were keynote speakers at the conference. Region 7 set-up a children’s health outreach booth at the conference to provide information on a variety of topics relating to children’s health protection.October 14
Environmental Education Grant Recognition Event
The Environmental Education Grant Recognition Event highlighted environmental education grants for outdoor classrooms. Teachers and outdoor classroom specialists discussed the migratory behavior of monarch butterflies and tour a rain garden. Students used nets to collect monarch butterflies and other insects as part of a Monarch Watch Biological Survey.
During the event, EPA scientists had instructional booths and taught students about water chemistry of a nearby creek as well as its biology. They examined fish and insects that indicate stream health. Students also learned about the stream's habitats and how various land uses and urban runoff can affect a watershed and the stream into which it drains.
Karl Brooks, Region 7 Administrator, spoke at the event and discussed the importance of children’s health protection. Region 7 set-up an outreach table at the event to provide Environmental Education and Children’s Health information to parents and others in attendance. Children’s health outreach packets were provided to teachers and students.PARTNER ACTIVITIES
Bi-national Health and Education Fair
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Office of Minority Health
Kansas City, MO
EPA staff provided information on the importance of protecting children from environmental risks. The information included topics such as preventing lead poisoning and using safe and environmentally friendly cleaning products in the home. Also, publications were provided that highlighted activities and education to ensure children breathe clean air, drink safe water, and live in healthy homes and healthy communities. EPA staff interacted with 40 families at the event.October 16
Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas
The Kickapoo Tribe held a Children’s Health event at the Pow-wow Grounds. 35-40 people participated in the event, with approximately 20-25 being children. Children’s health, pesticides, lead, healthy homes and other information was shared with parents and children.October 16
Black Health Care Coalition
Kansas City, MO
The Black Health Care Coalition participated in an event for young expectant mothers, where children’s health, pesticides, lead, healthy homes and other information was shared.
Outreach materials provided to the following:
- Black Health Care Coalition
- Healthy Indoor Environments Coalition
- Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas
- Kiddie Kollege (two locations in Kansas City, KS)
- Rosedale Healthy Kids Initiative
- Migrant Farm Workers Project
- The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Kansas City – Wyandotte County (KS) Unit
- Herbert Hoover Boys & Girls Club of St. Louis
- Region 7’s Lead and Pesticides Program
- Region 7’s Tribal Program