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Environmental Health Reviews

The APA Environmental Health Special Interest Group session at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting in Baltimore is scheduled for Sunday, April 28th from 8am to 10am, located at Convention Center 313. The session, facilitated by Dr. Laura Anderko, PhD, RN, will focus on the effect of climate change in children’s health and how healthcare professionals can advocate for policies and solutions to this global health challenge. We look forward to seeing you there!

SIG Session Abstract:

Climate change is an incredibly important driver of human health with many direct and indirect impacts. The influence of climate change on health will become increasingly more important with time. In this SIG session, we will be taking on the issue of climate change in children's health. As pediatric health professionals, we hold an important status and unique position within the health community to advocate for solutions to climate change in our community. This session will include a review of the health impacts of climate change, including the latest research and evidence. After this review, we will then have an interactive session to highlight ways in which individuals including clinicians, researchers, students, and others can advocate for policies and solutions as well as make changes in their daily life to lessen the impact of climate change.

Speaker/Facilitator Bio:

Laura Anderko, PhD, RN, holds the Robert and Kathleen Scanlon Chair in Values Based Health Care at Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies. She is a Professor and Director of the Mid-Atlantic Center for Children's Health and the Environment, and a scholar in the fields of epidemiology, public health and environmental health. Dr. Anderko, a Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellow, serves as Research Co-Chair for the Alliance of Nurses for a Healthy Environment, Co-Chair of the National Environmental Health Partnership Council (APHA/CDC), and as Chair for the National Center for Children's Vision and Eye Health Advisory Board (Maternal Child Health Bureau, HRSA). She previously served on the Environmental Protection Agency's federal advisory committee, the Children's Health Protection Advisory Committee (CHPAC), the National Drinking Water Advisory Committee (NDWAC), and the National Environmental Justice Advisory Committee (NEJAC) Research Workgroup, as well as the Mid-Atlantic Health Equity Council (Office of Minority Health). In 2013, she was named a White House Champion of Change for her leadership in raising awareness about climate-related health effects. The next year, she earned the 2014 Nurse.com Nursing Excellence GEM Award for her work to advance and lead the nursing profession. In 2015, she was granted a five-year award, totaling more than $700,000, to lead a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention initiative at Georgetown focusing on children and environmental health.

Thank you for your consideration!

Bryan Stierman

APA Environmental Health Special Interest Group Co-Chair


Elizabeth Friedman MD, MPH
NW Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit
University of Washington

Marissa Hauptman, MD, MPH
Boston Children's Hospital
Harvard Medical School

Abby Fleisch, MD, MPH
Maine Medical Center
Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation, Maine Medical Center Research Institute

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Elizabeth Friedman, MD,MPH
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Marissa Hauptman, MD, MPH
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