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Speakers for October 2007 Webcast: “Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention for Hispanic Community Leaders”

Liany Elba Arroyo
Director, Institute for Hispanic Health, National Council of La Raza

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Elba Arroyo.
Liany Elba Arroyo is Director of the Institute for Hispanic Health for the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States. In that capacity, she oversees NCLR’s health programs which include research and analysis of Latino health needs and status; technical assistance to Latino community-based organizations; and the design of promotores de salud initiatives. NCLR’s projects have included a broad array of health-related topics including asthma, environmental health, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, cancer, health insurance, maternal and child health, cardiovascular disease, stroke, accident prevention, domestic violence, car seat use, and immunization.

Prior to her work with NCLR, Ms. Arroyo worked as a Public Health Educator ,Tobacco Use Prevention Section, Cobb County Board of Health, Smyrna, Georgia; a Public Health Prevention Service Fellow, Epidemiology Program Office, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; and Program Officer, Office of School of Health, New York Academy of Medicine.

Ms. Arroyo holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wellesley College and a master’s degree in public health from Columbia University. She has published Latinos in Georgia: A Closer Look, coauthored with Natalie Hernandez (October 2005) and The Health of Latino Communities in the South: Challenges and Opportunities (2004).

Maria Isabel Herran MD, FAAP
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics Case Western Reserve University Co – Director Rainbow Center for Global Child Health

Photo of Maria Isabel Herran MD, FAAP. Dr. Herran received her MD from the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine in 1977 and finished her training in Pediatrics at University Children’ s Hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1980. She is board certified in Pediatrics since 1983. She worked as instructor in Pediatrics and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine in the 80s. She moved to Cleveland, Ohio in 1989. She worked in ambulatory pediatrics at Mount Sinai Hospital in Cleveland and Margaret Shipley Clinic in Canton, Ohio in the 90s. In 1999 she joined the Rainbow Center for Global Child Health as coordinator for Latin American projects. She has been recently promoted to co-direct this Center.

Her areas of interest are general pediatrics, global child health, and disasters as they affect children. Dr. Herran is active in general pediatrics at the Rapid Ambulatory Pediatric Clinic of the Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital and has special interest in well child care, and cultural issues. She is involved in educating pediatric residents and medical students on the needs of Hispanic children, language barriers and health disparities of this population. She just started—in collaboration with pediatric residents interested in learning about Hispanic culture—a new clinic to address the needs of Hispanic children. She represents the National Hispanic Medical Association at the American Academy of Pediatrics Bright Futures Committees. She is a member of the Bright Futures Education Center Project Advisory Committee, the Bright Futures Pediatric Implementation Project Advisory Committee, the Bright Futures Users Panel, and of the Bright Futures Training Intervention with Office Staff Action Group.

Dr. Herran directs the International Health track for pediatric residents at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, and co-directs the Children in Disasters project of the Rainbow Center for Global Child Health. She has been involved with various organizations helping children in humanitarian emergencies. She worked as a pediatrician in Vushtri and Prizren in Kosovo after the 1999 war, as well as in Darfur, Sudan in 2004. Most recently she worked in Nepal in remote villages teaching health workers about the Integrated Management of Childhood Illnesses, a program promoted by the World Health Organization. Since 1999 she has been involved in the training course “Disaster Management: Focus on Children”, a course on how to work with children in disaster situations. This course has been presented every year since 1995 at Case Western Reserve University. She has served as faculty, facilitator, translator, co-director and director of this course in multiple international sites such as Nicaragua, Panama, Syria, India, Thailand, Pakistan and El Salvador. She is scheduled to travel to Lebanon in December and Saudi Arabia in January to teach this course in these countries.

Dr. Herran has been involved in local efforts to train health workers in disaster preparedness. She has participated as faculty and co-director in the training course “Helping Ohio Children”, a course on how to work with children in disaster situations at the state and national level. In 2007 she co-directed 6 one-day workshops sponsored by the Ohio Department of Health, on the Special Needs of Children in Disasters.

Dr. Herran is committed to improving children’s health in the United States and abroad through clinical service, research, education, advocacy and volunteer efforts.

On this Webcast, Dr. Herran is representing the National Hispanic Medical Association.

Edward Master, RN, MPH
US EPA Region 5

Edward Master is a Registered Nurse with experience in community health nursing. He also has a Masters of Public Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has worked at U.S. EPA Region 5 in Chicago since 1990, where he works in the area of pesticides and toxic substances, including lead poisoning prevention.

Benjamin Gitterman, MD
Co-Director, Region 3 PEHSU, the Mid-Atlantic Center for Children's Health and the Environment; Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health Children's National Medical Center George Washington University

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Benjamin Gitterman, MD. Benjamin Gitterman, MD is Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health at George Washington University and Children’s National Medical Center in Washington D.C. His major activities include Children’s Environmental Health, Child Advocacy and Community health focused training and program development. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from City College of New York, and his M.D. degree from SUNY at Buffalo. He completed his Pediatrics residency and chief residency at the Residency Program in Social Medicine at Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center in New York. Prior to coming to Washington DC, he was the director of Ambulatory Pediatric Services for Denver Health and Hospitals and was on the faculty of the University of Colorado School of Medicine. In Washington D.C. he has been the Chair of General and Community Pediatrics at Children’s National Medical Center.

Dr. Gitterman is Co-director of the Region 3 PEHSU, the Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment, one of 10 federally funded Pediatric Environmental Health Centers in the United States. He is a member of the Governor’s Council on Children’s Health and the Environment for the State of Maryland, the Scientific Advisory Board of the Environmental Protection Agency for Children’s Environmental Health and a liaison member to the Advisory Committee on Children’ s Lead Poisoning and Prevention for the CDC. He has been a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Children’s Environmental Health, and has written and spoken nationally and internationally in this area, particularly in regard to advocacy and education.

Dr. Gitterman has been the director of fellowship training in General Academic Pediatrics/Community Oriented Primary Care at Children’s National Medical Center. He is currently the President of the District of Columbia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of the Executive Committee of the Council on Community Pediatrics. He is the Medical Director of the Health Access Program, a medical-legal collaborative between the Children’s Law Center and Children’s National Medical Center and is the Medical Director of Project Health, DC, a collaboration between George Washington University, Children’s National Medical Center, linking college undergraduates, pediatric mentors, and community health programs. He has also volunteered annually overseas with Operation Smile.

He continues to practice clinical pediatrics, both as a clinical preceptor and as a direct care provider, primarily with underserved children and their families.

Monica Pourrat, MD, MPH

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Pourrat, MD, MPH. Monica Pourrat MD, MPH was born in Santiago, Chile where she studied medicine and graduated with honors from the Catholic University of Chile. Following graduation, she worked for 4 years in community clinics in Santiago, after which she began a Pediatrics residency, also in Santiago. Shortly thereafter, she moved to the United States, where she completed her pediatrics training in the Children’s National Medical Center/Howard University program in Washington, D.C. in 2004. In 2006, she completed a fellowship in General Academic Pediatrics/Pediatric Environmental Health at Children’s, as well as a Master in Public Health from George Washington University, which she received with honors. Currently, she is working for Children’s at its Adams Morgan clinic, which services a predominantly Spanish-speaking population. She is also an assistant professor at George Washington University School of Medicine.

Alphonso Rodriguez-Lainz, PhD, DVM, MPVM
Oficina de Salud Fronteriza y Binacional Departamento de Salud Pública de California

El Dr. Alfonso Rodriguez-Lainz tiene un Doctorado en Epidemiologia por la Universidad de California, Davis, y también es Doctor en Medicina Veterinaria por la Universidad de Córdona, España. Actualmente, el Dr. Rodriguez-Lainz es el Jefe Científico de la Oficina de Salud Fronteriza y Binacional, del Departamento de Salud Pública de California. Sus responsabilidades incluyen: 1) proveer apoyo técnico a agencies estatales, federales y locales sobre temas de salud fronteriza y binacional; 2) facilitar la colaboracón entre agencias de salud de California y México; y 3) coordinar proyectos para mejorar la salud de comunidades a ambos lados de la frontera. Finalmente, el Dr. Rodriguez-Lainz es también profesor en la Escuela de Post-Grado de Salud Pública de la Universidad Estatal de San Diego, donde imparte cursos sobre migración y salud global.

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