2017 Children’s Environmental Health Symposium

The Hawaii Department of Health and partners, Region 9 Environmental Protection Agency, Western States Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit, the University of Hawaii School of Nursing, and the John A. Burns School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, sponsored a one day symposium focusing on children’s environmental health risks.

The symposium objectives were to increase knowledge of:

  • environmental burdens commonly found in children;
  • how these burdens can impact children’s health; and
  • what local professionals can do to address children’s environmental health problems in the communities they work with.

Resources provided by the conference speakers:

Introduction to Children’s Environmental Health: Why kids? Why Environment?
Mark Miller MD, MPH

  • Pediatric Environmental Health Toolkit
    is a combination of easy-to-use reference guides for health providers and user-friendly health education materials on preventing exposures to toxic chemicals and other substances that affect infant and child health. The new, mobile device-ready version to be posted soon.
  • Project TENDR
    a collaboration of leading scientists, health professionals and advocates. Produced a scientific consensus statement to significantly reduce exposures to chemicals and pollutants that are contributing to neurodevelopmental disorders.

TREAT individual patients’ existing health‐harming social conditions with assistance ranging from triage and consultations to legal representation;

PREVENT health‐harming social conditions broadly by detecting patterns and improving policies and regulations that have an impact on population health.

  • Harvard Center on the Developing Child
    Focused on developing science-based strategies to achieve breakthrough outcomes for children facing adversity. Outstanding resource and inspiration for this presentation.

Health Impacts of Pesticides/Interactions Between Social Environments and Pesticide Exposure,
Asa Bradman, Ph.D

  •  PowerPoint slides to be added

Health Effects of Vog
Elizabeth Tam, MD

Avoiding Environmental Hazards in Early Care and Education,
Vickie Leonard RN, FNP, PhD

The Built Environment/Adapting to Climate Change, Richard Jackson, MD, MPH

Metals: Acute and Low Level Exposures,  Timur Durrani, MD, MPH, MBA