Break the Cycle

The Break the Cycle 10 Conference will be held in April 2015.

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Break the Cycle 9 was a great success. Thank you to all those who particpiated and attended.

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April 7 -8, 2014

Rita Anne Rollins Room, Eighth Floor
Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
1518 Clifton Road, Atlanta, Georgia 30322



A project of

Southeast Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit
Innovative Solutions for Disadvantage and Disability
Sustainability Initiatives at Emory University
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Free and open to the public.
Registration will open online at www.pehsu.emory.edu on March 10, 2014.


Break the Cycle is a collaborative interdisciplinary research and training program to cultivate leadership in children’s environmental health disparities. The target populations are communities where the environmental hazards are related to circumstances of social and economic disadvantage.

Monday, April 7 – 8.30am to 5pm
University students from a variety of disciplines and universities develop projects that will provide strategies to Break the Cycle of Environmental Health Disparities in vulnerable children. A group of selected student projects will be presented at this conference. Project titles are detailed on reverse side. End your day with a sample ABC (Abbreviated Boot Camp), location to be determined. Continental breakfast provided; lunch available.

Tuesday, April 8 – 8.30am to 12.30pm
A half day interactive workshop will examine the relationships between environmental health disparities, health care, and the legal system. The maturation of robust Health Law Partnerships in many communities has enabled the application of legal principles to individuals and families adversely impacted by environmental factors interacting with their health. We feature leaders from the Atlanta Health Law Partnership as well as prominent national figures in children’s environmental health and pediatric health care. Continental breakfast provided.

Monday, April 7, 2014
8:30 - 5:00

NUTRITION

Early Childhood Obesity, Socioeconomic Status, and Executive Functioning in Atlanta’s Children. Amanda Brzozowski, student, Dr. Carolyn Drews-Botsch, mentor; Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology

Multisport/Triathlon Training and Self-determined Exercise Among an Overweight Latino Middle School Population. Jeffrey Condit, student, Dr. Paula Papanek, mentor; Marquette University, Dept. of Physical Therapy

ADOLESCENCE

Rural Kentucky Adolescents and Effects of Parenting.
Leslie Davidson, student, Dr. Hatim Omar, mentor; University of Kentucky, Department of Pediatrics

Media Literacy and Perceptions of Identity among Pre-adolescent African-American Girls. Johari Harris, student, Dr. Miles Irving, mentor; Georgia State University, Department of Educational Psychology

Breaking the Cycle through Next Step Up: An Educational and Mentoring Intervention. Elise Tolbert, student, Dr.Pamela Maxson, mentor; University of Michigan, School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health

LEGAL
Evaluating In Home Intervention Strategies to Mitigate Disparate Respiratory Illness Rates in Disadvantaged Urban Pediatric Populations. Emily McClendon and Justin Babino, students, John Marshall, mentor; Georgia State University College of Law

Breaking the Cycle with Medical-Legal Partnerships: A Comparison of Referral and Intake Processes with a Focus on Addressing Substandard Housing Condition. Caroline Wick, student, Dr. Colin Crawford, mentor; Tulane University Law School and the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and Environmental Health Sciences

INTERNATIONAL
Violence Against Children and Youth in Mexico: A Public Health Approach. Carolina de la Portilla, student, Dr. Enrique Cifuentes, mentor; University of Munich and Harvard School of Public Health

Predictors of Completed Childhood Vaccination in Bolivia. Brianna Osetinsky, student , Dr, Laura Gaydos, mentor; Emory University Rollins School of Public Health Department of Health Policy and Management

Tuesday, April 8, 2014
8:30 – 12:30

LAW, HEALTH AND THE ENVIRONMENT


Sylvia Caley, JD, MBA, RN Associate Clinical Professor and Co-Associate Director of the Health Law Partnership (HeLP), Georgia State University College of Law, Atlanta, Georgia

Colin Crawford, JD, Robert C. Cudd Professor of Law at Tulane University; Executive Director, Payson Center for International Development

Benjamin Gitterman, MD, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Public Health at Children’s National Medical Center and George Washington University, Washington, DC; Medical Director of Project Health, DC

Robert Pettignano, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Emory University; Medical champion of the Atlanta Health Law Partnership

This workshop focuses on realistic case scenarios, discussion and practical solutions.

For more information, visit us at: www.pehsu.emory.edu or www.isdd-home.org or www.sustainability.emory.edu

Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by the cooperative agreement award number 1U61TS000118-05 from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

Acknowledgement: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supports the PEHSU by providing funds to ATSDR under Inter-Agency Agreement number DW-75-92301301-0. Neither EPA nor ATSDR endorse the purchase of any commercial products or services mentioned in PEHSU publications.


Overview of Break the Cycle


Break the Cycle is a collaborative interdisciplinary research and training program to cultivate leadership in children’s environmental health disparities. The target populations are communities where the environmental hazards are related to circumstances of social and economic disadvantage. University students from a variety of disciplines are encouraged to develop projects that will “Break the Cycle of Environmental Health Disparities” among vulnerable children. Each student was required to develop a project that focuses on reducing or preventing environmental health related illnesses and disorders for children who live in these communities. The students work with their academic mentors and the Break the Cycle Faculty to bring the project to successful completion, present the results of their work at a national conference, and write an article for publication in an international journal.

Environmental Health Disparities
The diagram below represents the cycle of social and economic disadvantage as it is reflected in the physical and social environmental factors that can affect the health, growth, and development of children and contribute to our societal challenge of Environmental Health Disparities. Ample evidence across a variety of academic and public policy domains supports the relationships and patterns depicted in the diagram. There is no question of the need to “Break the Cycle” at any level and thereby reduce the phenomenon of Environmental Health Disparities and promote good health and well being for children and their families.

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