Children's Environmental Health

Drinking Water Contamination and Child Health in a Refugee Population in Lebanon

An analysis of drinking water contamination at both the community and household level was conducted in Shatila camp, Lebanon. To ascertain the health impacts of water contamination in children under five, questionnaires were used to elicit community and household practices as well as child health indicators. Results, suggested interventions, and risk communication and targeted health education will be discussed in the context of human rights and marginalized populations.


Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC

Air Quality and Asthma: Impacts in Georgia

Environmental factors such as pollutants are asthmas triggers and are major contributors to asthma exacerbations. States must report on a county level for each of the six pollutants in the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Ambient Air Quality Standard. Using the results of this study, examine whether children living in non-attainment areas would experience higher asthma morbidity as measured by ER visits and hospitalization discharge rates than children from attainment areas.


Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC

A Rapid Environmental Health Response to Pediatric Lead Poisoning

Recent evidence suggests that urban refugee populations are at an increased lead poisoning risk.

This presentation will chronicle a case of lead poisoning in a 3-year old female refugee who resides on the Omaha Lead Site (OLS), an EPA Superfund site that includes approximately 16,000 residential properties covering an area of 25.7 sq mi. Assess your own response to this unique situation faced by the Douglas County Health Department. Come away with a new perspective on an everyday challenge.

Presented at NEHA 2015 AEC