272570 Effecting meaningful change: The contributions organizations have made to the children's environmental health movement

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 : 1:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Richard J. Jackson, MD MPH , Environmental Health Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles School of Public Health, Los Angeles, CA
Our efforts to protect children by addressing the environment over the last two decades have had substantial success, most notably in the area of chemical pollutants, but new and important challenges have arisen. Drawing on the lessons from past successes in CEH, it is critical for CEH-related organizations to identify these evolving environmental threats to children's well-being and develop strategies to confront them. The new threats include global challenges, in particular those related to climate and poverty; inadequate policies to protect children from hazards related to new and persistent chemicals, and the failure of policy makers in their focus on "winnable battles" to value the long term benefits of early life interventions to prevent chronic disease epidemics, such as those related to obesity and inactivity.

Learning Areas:
Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines

Learning Objectives:
To inform participants of the benefits and lessons of past CEH successes, and to identify powerful evolving threats. To analyze in summary those threats and identify elements where the CEH focus would be effective. To suggest a sequential set of interventions, particularly in messaging, that can effectively address these threats.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have had extensive leadership, scholarship, and practice in the areas of children's environmental health.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.