Outreach & Education

2016 Community Outreach & Education

In 2016, the CEHC participated in a variety of educational programs for parents, clinicians, and policymakers in the surrounding community of East Harlem, as well as New York State and Connecticut, including:

Participating in the Greening our Children’s Safer Homes, Healthier Families: How to Reduce Exposure to Flame Retardants and Other Prevalent Toxins.
In January, Megan K. Horton, PhD, shared her expertise on environmental health and flame retardants. Dr. Horton’s talk was followed by Arlene Blum, PhD, Founder and Executive Director of the Green Science Policy Institute. Dr. Blum provided an overview of the adverse effects on human health and the environment associated with the widespread use of flame retardants and other toxic chemicals in household products.
Dr. Blum further explained that weak federal regulations governing the safety of chemicals in consumer products leads to toxic exposures and emphasized the importance of advocating for change at the legislative level. The event was held in Greenwich, Connecticut in the Cole Auditorium in the Greenwich Library.

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Hosting the CEHC’s Ninth Annual Winter Symposium Food for Thought: Chemicals and Allergens in the Foods We Eat.
In February, the CEHC hosted their Ninth Annual Winter Symposium. Presentations covered the latest science on mercury in fish, food allergies, organic foods versus industrial foods, pesticides and GMO, and chemicals in food policy. The event was sponsored by CEHC’s Robert Wright, MD, MPH and Rosalind Wright, MD, MPH.
Expert panelists included Emily Oken, MD (Harvard), Scott Sicherer, MD (Mount Sinai), Joel Forman, MD (CEHC) and Tom Neltner, JD, CHMM (Environmental Defense Fund). Region 2 PEHSU’s Maida Galvez, MD gave opening remarks and co-moderated the Q&A session along with Peggy Shepard from WEACT. The largest crowd to attend the annual symposium thus far, 250 attendees participated in the event.

Hosting the Hudson River Park Mothers Association Educational Event.
In April, the CEHC’s Sarah Evans, PhD shared her expertise with New York City mothers and fathers on ways to safeguard their families from toxic environmental exposures in the home.

Dr. Evans discussed ways to reduce exposures to potentially harmful chemicals that families and children are exposed to every day. Areas covered included flame retardants, personal care, cleaning products, pesticides and GMOs. Dr. Evans educated families on the links between harmful environmental exposures and chronic disease, and the unique vulnerability of children to the negative health effects associated with many of these exposures. Dr. Evans emphasized the need for consumer action and legislative advocacy to ensure the safety of products in the marketplace.

Participating in the Empowerment Parent’s Workshop – Prevent, Nourish, Protect & Heal.
In April, the organization Documenting Hope invited the CEHC’s Sarah Evans, PhD to participate in their panel discussion and provide her expertise on children’s unique vulnerability to environmental exposures. Dr. Evans discussed ways to better understand sources of harmful toxins in various items in the home and participated in a Q&A after the event.

Participating in the Eighteenth Annual Child Health Research Day.
This event, hosted in April, brought together key stakeholders in children’s environmental health and research. The event was sponsored by The Jack and Lucy Clark Department of Pediatrics at Mount Sinai, The Mindich Child Health and Development Institute at Mount Sinai, and The Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health at Mount Sinai.  The CEHC’s Megan Horton, MD, PhDPerry Sheffield, MD, and Annemarie Stroustrup, MD, MPH participated on the steering committee while Robert Wright, MD, MPH, and Rosalind Wright, MD, MPH participated on the advisory committee. Allan Just, PhD of the CEHC moderated the plenary presentations.

Alison P. Sanders, PhD kicked off the morning presentations describing her team’s work on modeling bacterial mixtures in the cervix during pregnancy and the association with microRNA expression and subsequent gestational age. Kathryn Bambino, PhD followed with her presentation on early-life exposure to inorganic arsenic exacerbates development of fatty liver disease. Jeanette A. Stingone, PhD updated the audience on her team’s work with early-life exposure to ambient benzene, toluene, ethylbenzene and xylene and ADHD- related behaviors and diagnosis among a nationally-representative sample of kindergarten children.

Following the morning lectures, poster presentations were given by CEHC’s Chris Gennings, PhD, Robert O. Wright, MD, MPH, Rosalind J. Wright, MD, MPH, Kristin Oliver, PhD, Yueh-Hsiu Mathilda Chiu, PhD,  Hsiao-Hsien Leon Hsu, PhD,  Annemarie Stroustrup, PhD, Megan Horton, PhD, Allan C. Just, PhD, Katherine Svensson, PhD, Maya A. Kappil, PhD, Jia Chen, ScD, and Laura Zheng, PhD. To see a full list of abstracts click here.

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Conducting a workshop on “Simple Steps to Reduce Environmental Exposures” at the Pear Tree Point School in Darien, Connecticut.
In May, Sarah Evans, PhD, educated families on preventing potentially hazardous environmental exposures. This event provided simple steps for parents on ways to make healthier consumer choices, and provided education on pesticides and flame retardants.

Participating in a community educational event in Sherman, Connecticut at an organic farm.
This special event was hosted by Strawberry Fields Farm in October. The goal of this workshop was to provide simple, practical steps that individuals can take to protect themselves from harmful chemicals in the foods they eat. Sarah Evans, PhD educated participants on the current scientific evidence for how agricultural practices affect human health with an emphasis on the unique vulnerability of children. Topics covered included concerns about pesticides, GMOs, food packaging materials, and reducing harmful exposures.

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Participating in NIEHS webinars and podcasts.
This Fall, Manish Arora, BDS, MPH, PhD led an NIEHS Exposure Science Webinar Series where he shared his expertise and research on his tooth matrix biomarkers in environmental health research. Perry Sheffield, MD also participated in an NIEHS Children and the Changing Climate podcast where she spoke on her research on climate change.

This Winter, Shanna Swan, PhD, described her recent work on first trimester exposure to APAP and phthalates in a CHE webinar entitled “Acetaminophen and Phthalates: Anti-androgenic Action and Altered Development”, and Philip Landrigan, MD participated in a webinar on the latest science and it’s implications for health professionals.