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Children's Health Month

October is Children's Health Month - Protecting Children in a Changing ClimateWe know that living with climate change will have consequences for our health, and we know that these consequences will be different for children than for adults.  Across the country, children’s health will be affected – but not always in the same ways.  Some climate change related developments will be particularly challenging for children with asthma and allergies, as heat, air pollution, and a longer allergy season all combine to worsen symptoms.  In many areas of the country, there will be many more very hot days than ever before, and for children, the effects of the heat can be more problematic than for adults.  In urban areas, the heat island effect intensifies the threat. Some children live in parts of the country where drought is present; others will see more rainfall and storms.  Biting mosquitoes and Lyme disease-carrying ticks are expected to be more problematic for children as the climate continues to change. Across the country, children who live in poverty will face even more challenges as the climate changes, thus requiring appropriate public health awareness, preparation and response.

EPA is devoting Children’s Health Month to the issues of climate change and children’s health.  We believe that a public health response to these issues, combined with raising awareness in the general population about the threats and how to prepare for and respond to them, is the best way forward.

View the presidential proclamation.

Children's Health Month Events:


Green California Schools and Community Colleges Summit and Exposition
This summit provides an opportunity for participants to learn how to create healthy and efficient learning environments. EPA Region 9 staff will provide a panel presentation about what measures can be undertaken during energy efficiency upgrades to create healthier school environments. EPA Region 9 staff will also have an outreach table with information on various healthy school topics including indoor air quality, lead paint hazards, PCBs, integrated pest management, and more. This event is open to the public. Please see the summit website Exit for information on how to register.

Date: October 28 – 29, 2015
Location: Pasadena Convention Center, Pasadena, CA
More Information: Please contact Eric Canteenwala (canteenwala.eric@epa.gov) or at 415-972-3932.


Healthy Homes for Community Health Workers 
This one-day course is designed for people who work as health & housing advocates in their communities.  Students will learn how to provide the following healthy homes information to members of their communities: identify home health hazards and remedies, provide healthy homes education one-on-one and to large groups, provide general advice about specific healthy homes problems, and healthy homes approaches to be taken by families, landlords and other community members. 

Date: October 22, 2015
Time: 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Location: US EPA Region 8 Office - 2nd Floor Conference Center 1595 Wynkoop Street Denver, CO 80202 
Register Link: http://inter.viewcentral.com/events/cust/catalog.aspx?cid=hhs&pid=1 Exit
More Information: Kim Bartels at 303-312-6346 or bartels.kim@epa.gov.


Promoting Health: Environmental Health & Vaccinations in the Hispanic Community Midwest Region Policy Forum

Join the National Hispanic Medical Association for an interactive health policy forum on the environmental impact on pulmonary and cardiovascular health for Hispanics. See the event flierExit for information on how to registerExit for this event.

Date: October 8, 2015
Time: 5:30-8:00 pm
Location: AMA Plaza, 330 North Wabash Avenue, 47th Floor Conference Room (Room: Grand Canyon), Chicago, IL 60611
More Information: Please visit the NHMA website Exit.


For the month of October, Children's Health Month, EPA Region 1 is compiling a set of short videos which explain the impacts of climate change. In this initial video, Dr. Ari Bernstein, an affiliated member of the PEHSU, a Boston Children’s Hospital pediatrician and an expert on climate change and children's health, talks about the impact of climate change on patients at Boston Children’s Hospital. 

More Information: Please contact Kathleen Nagle at nagle.kathleen@epa.gov.

New Jersey

“Air Quality and Asthma Solutions: EPA’s Air Quality Flag Program” Webinar
Learn about the impact of outdoor air quality on human health and specific actions that can be taken on days with poor air quality through participation in EPA’s free Air Quality Flag Program. This webinar is open to any school or organization that is new to the Flag Program or that would like to learn more and expand their program. Some presentation material may focus on the northeastern United States, but anyone from across the country can participate. New Jersey schools participating in the program can earn 10 points towards Sustainable Jersey for Schools Certification. Webinar is free and open to the public, but registrationExit is required.

Date: October 8, 2015
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 pm
More Information: Becky Ofrane at Ofrane.rebecca@epa.gov or 212-637-4302

Eco-Healthy Child Care Training
This 5‐hour Eco‐Healthy Child Care® Train the Trainer (TtT) curriculum offers information on 11 core content areas: pesticides, poor air quality, household chemicals, lead, mercury, furniture and carpets, art supplies, plastics, arsenic, radon and recycling. In each content category the participants are taught how to reduce a child’s exposure to toxics. The TtT course prepares individuals to become an EHCC resource for their localized communities. Thus, child care providers have a local contact that can provide training and technical assistance and offer direction to helpful resources pertaining to children’s environmental health. Presented in partnership with the National Center for Healthy Housing and the Administration for Children and Families. The event is free, but registration Exit is required. A free account needs to be created to register.

Date: October 22, 2015
Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Location: Rodino Federal Building, 970 Broad St. Newark, NJ
More Information: Becky Ofrane at Ofrane.rebecca@epa.gov or 212-637-4302

New York

New York State School Environmental Health Summit
Is your school clean, green and healthy? A tentatively scheduled FREE conference for school professionals, including teachers, facilities managers, nurses, administrators and others. Learn more about indoor air quality, asthma management, integrated pest management and national programs to promote environmental health in schools. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Register onlineExit.

Date: October 13, 2015
Location: Saratoga Springs City Center, 522 Broadway, Satatoga Springs, NY 12866
More Information: Amanda St. Louis, NY State Department of Health at Amanda.st.louis@health.ny.gov or 518-402-7958

Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health Stakeholder Briefing: Reducing Toxic Exposures in the Home
By invitation only.

Date: October 20, 2015
Time: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Location: Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York
More Information: Kimberly Burke, krb2160@cumc.columbia.edu or 212-637-4302

Grand Rounds: Lead Poisoning Prevention for Pediatric Medical Professionals
In partnership with the Region 2 Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit. By invitation only.

Date: October 24, 2015
Location: St. Luke's Cornwall Hospital, 70 Dubois Street, Newburgh, NY 12550
More Information: Courtney Carroll, courtney.carroll@mssm.edu


PEHSU Program Journal Club Webinar - "Climate Change and Pediatric Health: What Providers Should Know and Do"
This in-depth and interactive series provides a platform for learning and discussion about issues that focus on current and emerging aspects of pediatric and reproductive environmental health. This conference is designed to be interactive and we welcome all participants to engage with one another.

Date: October 6, 2015
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Location: Online Webinar - Register here Exit
More Information: Lizzy Nguyen at lizzy.nguyen@pehsu.net

Puerto Rico

SoilSHOP in Cano Martin Pena, Puerto Rico
SoilSHOP: Prevengamos la Exposición al Plomo – The SoilSHOP is a community health education event, where residents can bring soil samples from their yards and gardens for free lead screening. There will also be blood lead screenings for those interested at the event. Residents get their soil screening results and health education counseling on how to reduce exposure to lead, especially for children. In partnership with ATSDR, PRDOH, Proyecto Enlacé, and more. Open to the public, especially residents of Cano Martin Pena communities.

Date: October 3, 2015
Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: Buena Vista Santurce (El Pilar) Lote Vacante
More Information: Evelyn Huertas at Huertas.evelyn@epa.gov or 787-977-5852


Green Fest Dallas
EPA was a supporting partner of the City of Dallas at Green Fest. The family event featured educational booths on recycling, sustainability, local biking and trails, bee and chicken keeping, rainwater harvesting, and much more. EPA provided materials on children’s health issues and water conservation.

Date: September 19, 2015
Time: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location: Dallas Farmer's Market, 1010 S. Pearl Expressway
More Information: Paula Selzer at selzer.paula@epa.gov or 214-665-6663

Children’s Environmental Health on the Border: Protecting Children Where They Live, Learn, and Play 
To kick off Children’s Health Month, EPA is partnering with several organizations along the US/Mexico Border to host a children’s health symposium that addresses the link between health and the environment. The symposium will provide training and offer continuing education credits to healthcare professionals (i.e., physicians, nurses, mid-level practitioners, and respiratory therapists), public health practitioners, promotoras, and the public. The symposium is part of a larger initiative to address children’s health in the border region. Region 9 will host a symposium in San Diego January 27-28.  Partners in this effort include: The Southwest Center for Pediatric Environmental Health at Texas Tech, US/Mexico Border Health Commission, the US/Mexico Border 2020 Program, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s US/Mexico Border and Children’s Environmental Health Programs, and the Border Environmental Cooperation Commission.

Date: September 24-25, 2015
Time: All Day
Location: Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center – El Paso 
More Information: Paula Selzer at selzer.paula@epa.gov or 214-665-6663

Training to Prevent Lead Poisoning
Lead Poisoning Prevention week takes place during the last week of Children’s Health Month. To prevent childhood lead poisoning EPA will offer free training certification under the Renovate, Repair, & Paint Rule on October 29th and 30th. The training is being held in partnership with the City of El Paso Environmental Services & Code Enforcement office.

Date: October 29-30, 2015
Time: All Day
Location: Municipal Service Center, 7968 San Paulo, El Paso, TX 79907 
More Information: Mike Adams at adams.mikeal@epa.gov or 214-665-6711

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