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[NACCHO Webinar] Protecting Children’s Environmental Health During COVID-19: Supporting Child Care Programs

Apr 09, 2021 | Anu Varma

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
3-4 PM ET

Registration Link: https://naccho.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_3YaRLrNAQiG3JvdUpCO0GQ

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has highlighted both new opportunities and ongoing challenges to protecting children’s environmental health. Join the National Association of County and City Health Officials for this webinar to learn more about environmental health in early childcare settings during the pandemic.

This webinar will cover:

  1. Unique considerations for children’s environmental health in underserved communities;
  2. Success strategies and continued gaps in protecting children’s health during concurrent public health emergencies, including the COVID-19 pandemic and extreme weather; and
  3. Coordination strategies among states, local health departments , and daycares and other early childcare settings to protect children’s environmental health during COVID-19.

Have questions that you would like addressed in this session? Send your questions ahead of time to Angana Roy at aroy@naccho.org.

Speakers:

Vickie Leonard, RN, FNP, PhD has been working as a Child Care Health Consultant for the past seven years, first as a nurse at the California Childcare Health Program, UCSF School of Nursing, then at the UCSF Institute for Health & Aging. Dr. Leonard was the principle author of the California Department of Education, Child Development Division’s Preschool Learning Foundations in Health and Physical Development (Volume 2, released in 2011). Vickie heads up the PEHSU’s Environmental Health in Early Care and Education Project.

Gredia Huerta-Montanez, MD, FAAP is a Board Certified Pediatrician with fellowship training in pediatric environmental health. She is an associate clinical professor at the University of Georgia working as a researcher on NIH-funded projects. These projects study how mixtures of environmental exposures and other factors affect pregnancy outcomes the health and development of infants and children living in Puerto Rico. She is the vice-president of the PR Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, a member of the Executive Committee of the AAP Environmental Council, and the director of the PR Chapter of Clinicians for Climate Action. She is the medical consultant in Puerto Rico for the Region 2 Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit.

David Brown, MPA is the Surveillance Coordinator for the Children’s Environmental Health Unit (CEHU) at the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). David earned a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Health from East Carolina University and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from North Carolina State University. He has since worked in the public health sector at the local, state and federal levels, and has been in his current position with CEHU since 2008.


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Anupama Varma is a Communications Specialist for Environmental Health at NACCHO.

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