Featured Partner: Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition, Inc. (HBCAC)

Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition, Inc. (HBCAC) is the lead community partner for the New York State Children’s Environmental Health Centers. HBCAC has been involved with the Centers since their inception in 2004, and has been in existence since 1993. HBCAC’s mission is to focus on environmental health education for children and families through our Prevention Is The Cure™ campaign. We have created, sponsored and collaborated on efforts to develop and disseminate science-based, age-appropriate educational materials in various formats to diverse populations. Through our efforts, we connect with various stakeholders across Long Island to become engaged in encouraging healthy lifestyles. Additionally, we work to make legislative change, for example in securing “Toxin Free Toddlers and Babies Act” making Suffolk County the first in the nation to ban the sales of baby bottles and sippy cups containing Bisphenol A (BPA), and in passing the Safer Sales Slip Act banning Bisphenol A (BPA) from thermal receipt papers.

 

 

 

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Building New York State Centers of Excellence in Children’s Environmental Health: A Replicable Model in a Time of Uncertainty

An article was just published by NYSCECEH via the Network by the American Public Health Association.

Abstract:

Public health programs may be seriously affected in periods of federal retrenchment. During these times, state-based strategies provide an alternate pathway for advancing public health.

A 12-year campaign to secure state support for a network of Centers of Excellence in Children’s Environmental Health (CEH) promoting health of children across New York State is described. It was driven by rising rates of asthma, birth defects, developmental disorders, and other noncommunicable diseases in children; growing evidence associating hazardous environmental exposures with these conditions; and recognition that federal resources in CEH are insufficient.

Critical campaign elements were (1) formation of a statewide coalition of academic health centers, health care providers, public health officials, community advocates, and other stakeholders; (2) bipartisan collaborations with legislative champions and government leaders; (3) assessment of the burden of developmental disorders and noncommunicable diseases associated with environmental exposures among children; (4) maps documenting the presence of environmental hazards in every county statewide; (5) iterative charting of a changing political landscape; and (6) persistence. The 2017 award of a 5-year, $10 million contract to establish Centers of Excellence in CEH demonstrates the value of this statewide strategy. (Am J Public Health. Published online ahead of print November 29, 2018: e1–e5. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2018.304742)

Featured Profile: Dr. Melinda Cameron

Profile of Dr. Cameron:

Dr. Cameron is a general pediatrician and  has treated and provided case management for children with elevated lead levels in the Western New York region for over 30 years.  She is the Medical Director of the WNY Lead Poisoning Prevention Center, Buffalo Office and a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Jacobs School of Medicine in Buffalo.  Her interests include public and refugee health, outpatient urban pediatric care at a FQHC, community based care including Medical Directorship of Buffalo’s school-based health clinics and clinical preceptorship of medical students.

Huntington High School Seniors Present at National Conference

Sara Frawley and Sam Roberts are two of the top teenagers in the country. The Huntington High School duo impresses everyone they cross paths with, especially the medical professionals who have helped guide them through high level research. The pair presented their work last week at the Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program’s two day conference in Washington, DC.

Veterans of the high school’s science research program, Ms. Frawley and Mr. Roberts have been interning with the Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition, which arranged an opportunity for them to complete research in Dr. Jia Chen’s lab at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan.

“They were all extremely welcoming and wonderful to learn from,” said Ms. Frawley about the lab experience at Mount Sinai. “Our research focused on the effects of glyphosate based herbicides, which are commonly used throughout the United States on gene expression and also accessing knowledge and concern over pesticide use in Suffolk and across Long Island. We found that there are possibly harmful effects of this common herbicide and that there is also a need for further education in our community.”

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Internship Testimonial: Keven Cabrera, MD Student

Keven Cabrera is a 4th year medical resident at Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell.  “I completed a month long elective with the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit at Mount Sinai and it exceeded my expectations. Earlier in my schooling I had decided I wanted to combine my passion for environmental sciences with my passion for medicine and was able to find the amazing faculty at Mount Sinai to help me figure out how. Beyond learning about how intricately our environment, both built and natural, intertwines with children’s health, the specialty unity taught me about how to formulate healthcare messages in an effective way, how to work within government to enact change, and how to work alongside communities to protect children’s health. From local public health projects to testifying at the NYC Council and attending EPA meetings, everyone I met was excited to get me involved and, most importantly, to teach me applicable knowledge and skills for my future career. The elective was something I had planned on participating in prior to medical school, after I met a few of the physicians at a local meeting, and I am so glad I had the opportunity. I know that I will use everything I learned regardless of the path I take in medicine and that I have made life long connections to help me along the way.”

 

 

NYS Children’s Environmental Health Day – 2 Minute Overview

NYS celebrates its first Children’s Environmental Health Day.

Governor Andrew Cuomo proclaimed October 11 the first Children’s Environmental Health Day in New York State. The day was a great opportunity to announce the launch of the newly established statewide network for children’s environmental health.

 

Children’s Environmental Health Day & Launch of the NYS Children’s Environmental Health Centers

Governor Andrew Cuomo proclaimed October 11 the first Children’s Environmental Health Day in New York State. The day was a great opportunity to announce the launch of the newly established statewide network for children’s environmental health. The network will train and support health care professionals to address environmental health issues and provide clinical pediatric health services to families. Sites are located across the state, including in Albany, Buffalo, Long Island, New York City, Rochester, Syracuse, and Westchester. The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City serves as the coordinating center. During the CEH Day award ceremony, NYSCEHC honored Mark Maddaloni (EPA-Retired), Peggy Shepard & Cecil Corbin-Mark (WEACT for Environmental Justice), Kathy Curtis & Bobbi Wilding (Clean and Healthy NY, and Nanci Pavlisko (Parent Champion) on the first official CEH Day in NY State! Mount Sinai participated in activities led by Children’s Environmental Health Network to celebrate CEH Day.  https://twitter.com/NYSCEHC/status/1050465888363827201

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hudson Valley – Not One More Life Event

CEHCHV hosted an exciting event this weekend, our annual Not One More Life Event (NOML) that took place at First United Methodist Church in Mt. Vernon, NY. The event is an educational program formed from a partnership with an Atlanta-based non-for-profit with the goal of mitigating the impact of asthma and adverse respiratory conditions related to the environment on the health of minorities.

On Sunday, October 7, 2018 our group provided education to a local faith-based organization and conducted educational workshops and clinical screening for asthma and co-morbid conditions. We had a great turn out.

 

 

Highlights Across NYS Children’s Environmental Health Centers!

ALBANY

New York State Centers of Excellence in Children’s Environmental Health at Albany

Albany Center Team Members (Left to Right): Michelle Spina, Eunice Gordon, and Dr. Stephen de Waal Malefyt attending an AQIC training event.

 

BUFFALO

Western New York Children’s Environmental Health Center

Dr. Cameron & Lissette Palestro (and co-puppeteers Dr. Wendy Ring & Mike Shapiro) met with CEHC members during the climate & health puppet tour.

 

LONG ISLAND

Long Island Children’s Environmental Health Centers

Left to Right: Dr. Cappy Collins, Tonie McKenzie, Karen Miller, Barina Barauna, Connie Furey, Carmen Pinto, and Melanie Gabrell.

 

Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition (HBCAC) Team Members Karen Miller and Melanie Gabrell conducting their first educational session with Madonna Heights.

 

MOUNT SINAI

NYS Children’s Environmental Health Center

Drs. Phil Landrigan and Maida Galvez met with Assembly Member Richard Gottfried regarding NYS Proclamation for Children Environmental Health (CEH) Day.
Dr. Perry Sheffield biking along the Erie Canal Trail
and teaching families across NYS about ways to protect their health from climate pollution.
NYS Children’s Environmental Health Center’s members Drs. Galvez, Sheffield and Zajac jointly presented at the PEHSU National Meeting on the NYS Children’s Environmental Health Center.

 

ROCHESTER

The Finger Lakes Children’s Environmental Health Center (FLCEHC)

FLCEHC Booth with Jennifer Becker, MPH (Outreach Coordinator) at the Elmira Community Baby Shower, Elmira, New York (Chemung County).

 

Volunteers of America Children’s Center, Rochester, New York J. Becker and A. Caravlho (Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning)

SYRACUSE

Dr. Travis Hobart conducting a SUNY Update Multi-Speciality Pediatric ECHO session on Mercury Exposure

Internship Testimonial: Desmond Green MD, MPH Student

“My name is Desmond Green and I am currently a rising second year MD/MPH dual degree candidate at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. My experience at the NYS Children’s Environmental Health Center and Region 2 PEHSU was more than I could have ever hoped for. For the first time since starting medical school I feel like I started to see how as a future pediatrician, I could use my voice to enact real change in the community I serve. Moreover, having worked with many mentors who have both their MD and MPH, I saw how one can synthesize both their public health and medical training to better service their population. The tangible tools I have gained at the Center and the PEHSU will stay with me for the rest of my time as a practicing physician and for that I am eternally grateful.

The internship offered me a plethora of unique and varied opportunities to see not only how public health can inform our society, but also the process it takes to reach said point. Most importantly, the team members of the Center/PEHSU reminded me why I went into medicine in the first place and the importance of surrounding yourself with people who care. I have never been apart of such a loving and accepting team, to each other and to me; I felt both valued and heard. Seeing how tirelessly everyone else worked to make a difference, made me want to do the same and made me excited to wake up and go into the office everyday. Interning at Mount Sinai was an invaluable experience and I highly recommend it to those that have even a slight interest in pediatric environmental health. In moving forward, I hope to bring the tools and knowledge I’ve gained to start similar initiatives in Miami.”