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Pediatric Environmental Health SIG – Annual Report 2017
Co-Chairs:Mamta Fuloria, MD; Abby Fleisch, MD, MPH; Marissa Hauptman MD, MPH

During this year’s PAS annual meeting in San Francisco, the Environmental Health SIG partnered with the Advocacy Training SIG to hold a joint scientific SIG session. At this joint session, the key note speakers were: Ruth Etzel MD, PhD, FAAP; Mark Miller, MD, MPH, FAAP; and Robet Gould, MD.

Our first keynote speaker, Dr. Ruth Etzel is the director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Child Health Protection. Dr. Etzel has been a pioneer in studying the health effects of exposure to secondhand smoke among infants; her work led to nationwide efforts to reduce indoor exposures to tobacco, including the ban on smoking in US airliners. Dr. Etzel is the founding editor of the influential book Pediatric Environmental Health. This book has helped to train thousands of doctors who care for children about how to recognize, diagnose, treat and prevent illness among children from hazards in the environment. Dr. Etzel served as the Senior Officer for Environmental Health Research at the World Health Organization from 2009 to 2012.

Our second keynote speaker was Dr. Mark Miller, an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California San Francisco. He has served as a director of the Western States Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU) at UCSF since 2002. He is the director of the Children’s Environmental Health Center for the California EPA Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment as well as the Community Outreach and Translation Core of the Center for Integrative Research on Childhood Leukemia and the Environment (CIRCLE) at UC Berkeley. He is a founding member and president of the International Society for Children’s Health and the Environment and is a member of the Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee of the United States Environmental Protection Agency. He also is a participant in the non-profit “Targeting Neuro-Developmental Risks” a collaborative of scientists, health professionals, and advocates aiming to reduce exposures to chemicals and pollutants contributing to neuro-developmental disorders in America’s children.
Our last keynote speaker, Dr. Robert Gould, an Associate Adjunct Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine, where he is Director of Health Professional Outreach and Education for the UCSF Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE). Since 1989, he has been President of the San Francisco-Bay Area Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), and has served as President of National PSR in 2003 and 2014. Dr. Gould has been recognized as an expert on the health impacts of nuclear weapons, and the role of medical professionals in environmental health, authoring numerous publications and chapters on health impacts of nuclear weapons and nuclear terrorism in “War and Public Health” (2008) and “Terrorism and Public Health” (2011) (Oxford University Press), and “The Role of Health Professionals in Protecting Environmental Health” (2012, Praeger).
The keynote speakers shared their expertise and dedication to environmental health, advocacy and training the next generation of leaders in the field of pediatric and reproductive environmental health. The last half of the session highlighted trainee oral and poster abstract presentations. We had 8 trainee poster abstract presentation and the following 3 oral presentations:

  • Yonit Lax, MD, Social Pediatrics Chief Resident, The Children's Hospital of Montefiore

Pediatric Resident Attitudes and Practice Regarding Advocacy Pre- and Post-Implementation of an Innovative Advocacy Curriculum

  • Amruta Bamanikar, MD, Neonatal Fellow, Maria Fareri Children's Hospital, Westchester Medical Center

Maternal E-Cigarette Use is Linked with Toxic Stressors During Pregnancy & Increased NICU Admissions

  • George Ru, MS4, Medical Student, Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, PA

Maximizing the Potential of Philadelphia’s Refugee Children through Early Head Start Partnerships

The entire session stimulated a rich dialogue among the attendees, who reflected their enthusiasm for both the forum and topic through overwhelmingly positive reviews.

This upcoming year, we are excited to be joined by our new Environmental Health SIG Co-Chari, Dr. Elizabeth Friedman. Dr. Friedman has completed her training in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and most recently, a Preventive Medicine residency at the University of San Diego, California School Medicine. Fluent in both English and Spanish, some of her accomplishments include interning for the California Environmental Protection Agency, the San Diego County Health Department, and participating on the Environmental Health Coalition where she provided consultation to protect local waterways for a community action team in Tijuana, Mexico. She currently is the 2017 reproductive and pediatric environmental health fellow at University of Washington and the Region 10 Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit.

Mamta Fuloria, MD,
The Children’s Hospital at Montefiore
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY

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

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

The Developmental Behavioral Pediatrics SIG met at the PAS meeting in San Francisco on Tuesday, May 9.  Our main speaker at the SIG was Jenny Radesky, MD from the University of Michigan who spoke on the Developmental Behavioral Basis of the New AAP Guidelines on Early Childhood Media Use.  The session focused on the use of media from birth to age 6 years and its relationship to early childhood development. Earlier studies were limited to television viewing, but with the explosion of different media platforms and the portability of such devices, young children now have ready access to multiple devices throughout their day.  Diane Langkamp facilitated the discussion and a brief business meeting.  Katherine Zuckerman agreed to begin a 3-year term as co-chair and we will be looking for another co-chair to start a 3-year term in 2018.

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Current SIG Co-Chairs:

Abby Fleisch, MD, MPH
509 Forest Ave
Portland, ME 04101
Phone: (207) -66-7602

Elizabeth Friedman, MD,MPH
4225 Roosevelt Way NE Suite 301; Campus Box 354695
Seattle , WA 98105
Phone: (573) -86-9573

Marissa Hauptman, MD, MPH
300 Longwood Ave
Boston, MA 02116
Phone: (617) 355-3612

Current SIG Mentor:

Philip Landrigan, MD, MSc
One Gustave L. Levy Place
New York, NY 10029-6574
Phone: (212) 241-5959



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