EPA/NIEHS Children's Centers 2014 Webinar Series
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014 Webinar
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. EDT

Join us for this month's webinar presenting research from various institutions. The webinar features presentations and interactive discussions including recent findings and new developments in children’s environmental health.

The mission of the EPA/NIEHS Centers program is to reduce children's health risks, protect children from environmental threats and promote their health and well-being in the communities where they live, learn and play.

The event is also cosponsored by the Office of Children’s Health Protection.

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1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Making Science Matter: Connecting Science and Communities

Overwhelming scientific evidence finds that environmental chemical exposures can adversely impact development and that certain communities can bear a greater burden of environmental exposures. There is a consistent need to connect science and communities, including working in collaboration to ensure that the best science can support community goals and that scientific information is translated and communicated effectively to support community and society-wide activities to reduce harmful chemical exposures. This webinar will present an overview of the science and examples of how community and scientists can work together to reduce harmful chemical exposures and improve health.


Tracey J. Woodruff, Ph.D., M.P.H. (Moderator)
University of California, San Francisco


Peggy M. Shepard
WE ACT For Environmental Justice (WE ACT)

Advancing Environmental Justice through Research, Community Organizing and Advocacy

This presentation will highlight the evolution, research and policy processes and outcomes of a community-based participatory research partnership that has had multi-level impacts on health policy concerning diesel bus emissions and related environmental justice issues.


Cynthia Rand, Ph.D.
The Johns Hopkins University

Community-based Strategies to Reduce Children's Second Hand Smoke Exposure

Dr. Rand's presentation will discuss strategies, outcomes and challenges in conducting community-based interventions to reduce children's exposure to second-hand smoke. Specific examples of home-based and Head Start-based interventions will be discussed.


Lisa Cicutto Ph.D., R.N.
National Jewish Health

Exciting Youth About Air Quality

This presentation will highlight activities ocurring in schools and communities to engage youth related to air quality and health. It will highlight how the work has coordinated, supported and extended the work of community partners.


Beti Thompson, Ph.D.
University of Washington

Community-based Participatory Research in an Agricultural Community

This presentation will highlight the community outreach being done in agricultural communities in Washington State regarding pesticide exposure.  Using a CBPR-based approach, the researchers have formed a close relationship with farmworkers to collect data and provide feedback on urinary pesticide metabolites.

2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Question and Answer Session and Discussion


Dr. Tracey Woodruff is a Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences and Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies at the University of California, San Francisco and the Director of the Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment. She has conducted extensive research and policy development on environmental health issues, with an emphasis on early-life development. Her research areas include evaluating prenatal exposures to environmental chemicals and related adverse pregnancy outcomes, and characterizing developmental risks. She has authored numerous scientific publications and book chapters, and has been widely quoted in the media. She is an Associate Editor of the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. She worked previously at the U.S. EPA, where she was a senior scientist and policy advisor in the Office of Policy. She was appointed by the governor of California in 2012 to the Science Advisory Board of the Developmental and Reproductive Toxicant Identification Committee.


Ms. Shepard is co-founder and executive director of WE ACT For Environmental Justice (WE ACT), based in West Harlem, NY, which has a 26-year history of engaging Northern Manhattan residents in community-based planning and campaigns to affect environmental protection and environmental health policy locally and nationally. WE ACT's work has provided a clear road map of how a community-based organization can positively impact local, state and national policymaking on environmental justice, public health and equity issues. WE ACT's advocacy and research contributed to the NY Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) retrofitting its entire diesel bus fleet. WE ACT hosts the Environmental Justice Leadership Forum on Climate Change, a national coalition of 40 organizations representing 16 states that have convened to develop a unified voice and position on climate change policies; and WE ACT coordinates the NYS Transportation Equity Alliance, a statewide coalition of 100 groups working to ensure equitable transportation policy locally and nationally. WE ACT's 1st campaign achieved the retrofit of the North River Sewage Treatment Plant and a lawsuit settlement of a $1.1 million environmental benefits fund. A 10-year campaign, spurred by a community-based planning process, resulted in the construction of the Harlem Piers at 125th Street on the Hudson River, which opened in 2010.

  Dr. Rand is a Professor of Medicine at The Johns Hopkins Departments of Medicine, in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, with joint appointments in the Department of Psychiatry and Public Health. She is an internationally recognized expert in the area of adherence with chronic therapies, with additional research expertise in health disparities, asthma self-management interventions and psychosocial factors associated with pediatric and adult disease self-management. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley and her Master's and Doctoral degree from The Johns Hopkins University. She is the Director of The Johns Hopkins Adherence Research Center, a core facility that utilizes state-of-the-art measurement strategies for the assessment and promotion of pediatric and adult adherence with therapy in both NIH and industry-sponsored studies. Dr. Rand has served as a national leader in the area of pediatric and adult behavioral research for more than 20 years and is the past chair of the Behavioral Sciences Assembly of the American Thoracic Society.

Dr. Cicutto directs the Clinical Science Program at the University of Colorado Denver and is currently the Director of Community Outreach and Research at National Jewish Health and Co-Director of the Community Outreach and Translation Core of the Denver Children's Environmental Health Center funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In her role, she is dedicated to reducing the lung health burden of communities through the translation and uptake of the best available research and evidence. She has more than 20 years of experience working in community settings—primarily schools, child-care settings and homes—to develop, implement and evaluate programs that are responsive to community needs while being evidence-based and supportive of the partnerships that often are needed with health care providers. One of the school-based asthma education programs of which she led the development, implementation and evaluation is now a mandated program in Ontario Public Health.

  Dr. Beti Thompson is a Full Member in the Division of Public Health Sciences, and an Associate Program Head in the Cancer Prevention Program at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, as well as a Professor at the University of Washington School of Public Health. Dr. Thompson has a national and international reputation in community research, tobacco research and health disparities research. In recent years, Dr. Thompson's research portfolio has focused on work with populations affected by health disparities. She currently has three large NIH grants that focus on the Hispanics in the Lower Yakima Valley of Washington State. Her work there includes a Community Networks Program Center, a diabetes community-based participatory research grant, and a pesticide exposure grant. Her other work includes a Center grant with NCI's Center for Population Health and Health Disparities, which focuses on breast cancer research among Latinas. In addition, she leads the Health Disparities Research Center at Fred Hutchinson.
We hope you will be able to join us.  The webinar will be recorded and posted on EPA's Children's Centers website at http://epa.gov/ncer/childrenscenters/multimedia/index.html.

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November 12, 2014 Webinar
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