On April 26-27, 2018, Maida Galvez, MD, MPH (Region 2 PEHSU Director), Perry Sheffield MD, MPH (Region 2 PEHSU Deputy Director), Lauren Zajac, MD, MPH (Region 2 PEHSU Environmental Pediatrician), and staff (Marisela Bolanos- Region 2 PEHSU Program Coordinator; Michael Ejiogu, MPH- NYSCOE Program Coordinator) at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai hosted the first annual Planning Meeting for the NYS Centers of Excellence in Children’s Environmental Health. The meeting was attended by representatives from NYS and NYC Agencies, community partner organizations, and Network Partner Centers from across the State (Long Island, Westchester County, the Capitol Area (Albany), Rochester, Syracuse and Buffalo). The key objective of the meeting was to provide opportunities to network, build relationships, and raise the profile of the Centers of Excellence in Children’s Environmental Health. The collaborative meeting had a total of 60 attendees with Keynote speakers (Philip Landrigan, MD, MSc, FAAP, Sophie Balk, MD, and Robert Amler, MD, MBA, Michael T. Hatcher, DrPH, MPH). Collaboration was facilitated through environmental health messaging activities and work planning sessions to discuss goals, challenges, and collaborative processes/strategies to achieve outcomes. Through this planning meeting, NYSCEHC is optimistic that participants will cultivate new relationships to protect and improve the environmental health of New York’s children.
We are honored and excited to be leading this new statewide network that could serve as a model for replication in other states in the future!