WEBINAR: Impact of Air Pollution on Children’s Health
Presented by The Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment and the Virginia Healthy Air Coalition, a program of the American Lung Association
The International Agency for Research on Cancer recently classified air pollution as carcinogenic to humans, recognizing that outdoor air pollution is a leading environmental cause of cancer deaths.
How does air pollution impact children’s health? How are children’s lungs different from adults, and how does this influence their susceptibility to the adverse health effects of air pollution? Learn the major types and sources of air pollution and the health outcomes associated with each, as well as how to control and prevent sources of air pollution.
Health professionals and community organizations play a crucial role in addressing air pollution: they can use their experience and expertise to advocate for strong clean air laws. Learn what federal protections are currently in place under the Clean Air Act, how current and future legislation would change them, and how to get involved in the discussion to improve children’s health.
Date: December 4th, 2013
Who should participate? Public health professionals, environmental health professionals, clinicians, nurses, community organizations, health care professional organizations, child health advocates, and government agencies.
Speakers: Jerome A. Paulson, MD, FAAP
Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health
The George Washington University
Medical Director for National & Global Affairs
Child Health Advocacy Institute
Director of the Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment
Children’s National Medical Center
Laura Kate Anderson Bender
Coordinator, Virginia Healthy Air Coalition
American Lung Association
In her role with the American Lung Association, Laura Kate Bender has built a coalition of public health and healthcare professionals across Virginia to advocate for clean air protections. The Healthy Air Campaign’s goals are to raise the profile of air pollution as a public health issue and to influence Virginia’s members of Congress in the national clean air debate. Previously, Laura Kate worked to further environmental protections in Virginia with the advocacy group Environment America. She studied at American University in Washington, DC.
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What is the Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment (MACCHE)?
The Mid-Atlantic Center is the PEHSU for Federal Region III; serving all those who live and work in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Virginia and West Virginia. We are located out of Children’s National Medical Center and affiliated with the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. We work with a variety of partners, including health care professional organizations, non-profits, community-based organizations and medical centers. Since 2006, we have conducted over 400 trainings with over 25,000 in attendance. Learn more at: www.childrensnational.org/macche.