Children's Environmental Health and Hazardous Materials and Toxic Substances

Sunday, June 6
Lecture HallLecture Hall
1:00 – 1:50pm
Poisoned for Profit
Why does our nation prize profits over children’s health?  Why do we let them get away with it? This session
will present an overview of the epidemic of chronic childhood illnesses among American children today, showcasing the first-ever cumulative data linking the surge in pollutants – manmade chemicals, heavy metals, and nuclear waste – to childhood illnesses. Attendees will also obtain insight into a few of the most recent scientific breakthroughs – gene expression, polymorphisms, and endocrine disruption – that allow us to assert that there’s a cause and effect connection.  The major part of this session will focus on the topic of corporate America’s knowing acts of repeated pollution, enabled by their network of hired scientists, lawyers, public relations professionals, and legislators. 
Alice Shabecoff, Author, Brookline, MA

2:00 – 2:50pm
Developmentally Appropriate Toys are Essential to Child Development-The Toy Safety Certification Program will Make New Regulations Effective and Efficient

Delayed cognitive development, physical disabilities, erratic activity levels, anemia…Could these all be side effects of playing with toys? Are children’s toys safe enough for proper child development? New toy regulations are ever changing and the Toy Safety Certification Program (TSCP) will help to ensure that all toys sold in the US are safe. This presentation will describe the need for the Consumer Product Safety Improvements Act, the regulations involved, and how the TSCP is critical to ensuring the safety of children’s toys.
Ashlee E. Ackerman, BS, Toy Safety Project Manager, NSF International, Ann Arbor, MI

3:00 – 3:50pm
Assuring Environmental Health Hazards are Considered in Land Use and Community Design Decisions
The use, storage, and transportation of hazardous materials pose risk to the public's health.  Neither environmental regulations nor zoning codes adequately address these risks.  In this session, come hear how local health and planning department staff brought these issues forward to a joint committee of Planning Commissioners and Board of Health members for policy level discussion.  And, learn what actions have been taken to reduce the environmental health risks.
Scott E. Holmes, REHS, MS, Manager, Environmental Public Health Division, Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department, Lincoln, NE

Monday, June 7
Learning LabLearning Laboratory
1:00 – 1:50pm
Lead Exposure Sources in Oklahoma City African American and Hispanic Newborns

This interactive session will investigate research showing that African American and Hispanic infants have significantly different lead isotope ratios, thus different lead exposure sources. Since the study subjects were newborns, it can be concluded that all blood lead came from the mother. This session will enable attendees to identify exposure sources of lead in the environment, assess the validity of using lead isotope ratio analysis in lead investigations, and distinguish between cultural and environmental sources of lead exposure.
Samuel K. Moss, MS, PhD, Edmond, OK

3:00 – 4:50pm
Exposure Assessment Modeling of Potential PAH Exposures Related to Playground Surfaces and Environmental Factors

Recent flood events in Iowa created the potential for increased PAH exposures in areas where children play.  Was this related to flood events or to the types of play surfaces involved in flood events?  What PAH’s were present and what levels of exposure were possible from ingestion, dermal, and inhalation exposures? This interactive session will enable attendees to list the human health concerns associated with PAH exposures; identify the methods of exposure sampling and analysis used to identify PAHs in soil, air, and dermal wipe samples; and construct exposure model calculations using formulas for ingestion, dermal, and inhalation exposures.
Catherine L. Zeman, BS, MS, PhD, Associate Professor and Director, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA
Kelsie Reeve, BA, HP-Environmental Health Science, Research Intern, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA

 

 

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