Summit on Child Thriving and Environmental Justice

Thursday, December 2nd, 9am to 12pm EST

We want to invite you to attend our virtual Summit on Child Thriving and Environmental Justice, to be held on Thursday, December 2nd, from 9am to 12pm EST.

This summit will bring together TPS partners and new collaborators to discuss challenges and initiatives in our communities around child thriving, environmental justice, and health equity.

The places where children and youth play, sleep, work, and learn can influence how their lives and their health unfold. There is a lot to talk and learn about—air and water, parks and pipes, stores and storms.

At the summit, we will focus our discussion on three topics: local efforts to prevent children from experiencing the health problems associated with heavy metal exposures; the relationships between air quality and asthma risks; and new recognition of trees and the important roles they play in making communities healthier, safer, and more beautiful.

Participants will include scientists, clinicians, care providers, advocates, parents, grandparents, and interested community members. What we all have in common is shared interests in improving child health and well-being and working towards health equity and racial justice.

We will hold space in the same Zoom for a brown bag lunch to follow. Sometimes the conversations aren’t ready to end when the event does.

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Summit Agenda

9:00: The Summit Convenes! Moderated by Cheryl Hall-Russell, PhD

9:10 – 9:55: Pittsburgh Study Committee Reports

10:00: Introduction by Jamil Bey, PhD

10:05-10:30: How Air Quality Affects Asthma Risks in Children

  • Germaine Gooden-Patterson, Community Health Worker, Women for a Healthy Environment: A Mother’s Experience with her Children’s Asthma
  • Anjani Ravindra, MD, Physician, UPMC: A Clinicians’ View of Asthma and Air Pollution, and an Agenda for a Better Future
  • Deborah Gentile, MD, Physician, Researcher and Advocate: Research on Asthma and Air Quality
  • Matt Mehalik, PhD, Executive Director of the Breathe Collaborative: Organizing in Response to Current and Future Threats to Air Quality

10:35-11:00: Preventing Exposure to Heavy Metals

  • Jerry Vockley, MD, PhD, University of Pittsburgh/UPMC Children’s: Initiative to Screen Newborns for Heavy Metals
  • LuAnn Brink, PhD, Allegheny County Health Department: Prevalence of Elevated Blood Lead Levels in Allegheny County and Protocols for Follow-Up
  • Michelle Naccarati-Chapkis and Talor Musil, Women for a Healthy Environment: “Get the Lead Out, Pittsburgh!” Campaign

11:00-11:25: Trees as Public Health Infrastructure

  • Jamil Bey, PhD, UrbanKind Institute: The Trust Trees Initiative: how increasing the tree canopy aligns with many community-identified goals and priorities
  • Isabela Angelelli, MD, University of Pittsburgh/UPMC Children’s and Tree Pittsburgh: The Science of Trees and Public Health
  • Clara Kitongo, MSPPM, Tree Pittsburgh: The One Tree Per Child Initiative

11:30-12:00: Breakout sessions on how to contribute to ongoing efforts

(Choose one and bring your questions!)

  • Air Quality and Asthma Risks
  • Prevention of Exposures to Heavy Metals
  • Trees as Public Health Infrastructure

Times are approximate and brief breaks will be offered between sessions.

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