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Environmental Health in an Early Childhood Framework

January 20, 2010

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This webinar features presentations from researchers at the Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health (CCCEH) and WE ACT for Environmental Justice.

Speakers:

Frederica P. Perera, Dr.P.H.

Director, Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health

Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

Dr. Perera is a Professor at the Mailman School of Public Health, where she serves as Director of the Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health and of the Disease Investigation Through Specialized Clinically-Oriented Ventures in Environmental Research (DISCOVER) Center. Dr. Perera pioneered the field of molecular epidemiology, beginning with studies of cancer, and is now applying molecular techniques within studies of pregnant women and their children. Her areas of specialization include prevention of environmental risks to children, molecular epidemiology, cancer prevention, environment-susceptibility interactions in cancer, developmental damage, asthma, and risk assessment.

Virginia Rauh, Sc.D.

Co-Deputy Director, Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health

Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

Dr. Rauh is a perinatal epidemiologist and Professor of Clinical Population & Family Health at the Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University. Her work has focused on the reproductive health outcomes of inner-city women in an effort to understand factors at the individual and community levels contributing to low birth weight, pre-term delivery and early child development. Dr. Rauh is the Principal Investigator on the Center’s project evaluating air pollution effects on fetal growth and child development. She is also Co-Deputy Director of the Center and a Co-Principal Investigator on the study of health effects of environmental pollutants on pregnant mothers and children.

Peggy M. Shepard

Executive Director, WE ACT for Environmental Justice

Peggy Shepard is executive director and co-founder of WE ACT for Environmental Justice. Founded in 1988, WE ACT was New York’s first environmental justice organization created to improve environmental health and quality of life in communities of color. A recipient of the 10th Annual Heinz Award For the Environnment and the 2008 Jane Jacobs Medal for Lifetime Achievement, she is a former Democratic District Leader, who represented West Harlem from 1985 to April 1993, and served as President of the National Women’s Political Caucus-Manhattan from 1993-1997.

You may watch and listen to the entire call at the WebEx website. The call is 84 minutes.

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