Terry Green writes from the National Environmental Health Association Conference, where she presented on her work reducing asthma disparities.
Pediatric asthma affects an estimated 7.1 million children in the U.S. under the age of 18. In the city of Lawrence, Massachusetts, a largely immigrant Latino community, pediatric asthma affects more than 14% of school age children, primarily due to environmentally related health disparities. In a city like Lawrence, issues such as language, literacy, and culture present challenges to reaching and engaging families in environmental health education.
The buzz of intense conversation didn’t stop…in less than two days, a select group of 150 delegates to the Population, Health, and Environment (PHE) Conference in Addis Ababa produced an impressive list of recommendations reflecting work in the Philippines, Tanzania, Madagascar, Uganda, Kenya, and Ethiopia among other countries. PHE is a severely under-funded initiative, struggling to find its way among the sectoral approaches favored by donors.
Terry Greene, Senior Environmental Health Associate at JSI, shares the highlights of her day attending presentations addressing environmental health issues at APHA 2013.
By Stewart Landers
As we recover from Nemo, yet another major storm, I’m reminded of my friend Paul Epstein, who was a pioneer in the science of climate change and health and who passed away in 2011. On Wednesday, February 6, I attended the first Paul R. Epstein Memorial Lecture at Harvard University’s Memorial Church with guest speaker and former Vice-President Al Gore.