Online Program

Power in Policies: Children's Environmental Health Center of the Hudson Valley, New York

Monday, November 2, 2015

Amy Ansehl, DNP, FNP-BC, Partnership for a Healthy Population, New York Medical College School of Health Sciences and Practice, Valhalla, NY

Padmini Murthy, MD, MPH, MS, School of Health Sciences and Practice, New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY
Agustina Lopez Novillo, MPH, MS, New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY
The U.S. government executive order 13045(EPA, 2013) has made it a policy for federal agencies to identify and assess environmental health risks that disproportionately affect the safety of children. Public health leaders from academia and medical practice play an important role in collaborating with governmental agencies to advance policies to promote health.

In 2008, New York Medical College School of Health Sciences and Practice, and Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center joined together to promote, protect and mitigate against respiratory and other disease from environmental toxicants. The Children's Environmental Health Center of the Hudson Valley (CEHCHV) is a multi-disciplinary venture whose primary mission is to serve as a resource to promote children's environmental health in Westchester and the lower Hudson Valley. The Center staff sees over12, 000 children annually in 7 practice settings, 25% live in areas with great health disparities; and increased exposures to a variety of environmental toxicants and pollutants.  Our center has three goals: (a) Clinical consultation services to children, their families, and their primary care physicians (b) educational programs to community and professionals (c) research to quantify the relationship between environmental risk factors and children’s health. The Faith-based Asthma prevention program, the safe cook tops initiative, and the primary care preceptor program (PCAP) are 3 examples that integrate policy and practice. A vibrant social marketing and community outreach campaign coupled with a broad –based funding strategy are key to the sustainability of the CEHCHV and replicable across a diverse range of practice settings.

Learning Areas:

Administer health education strategies, interventions and programs
Clinical medicine applied in public health
Environmental health sciences
Other professions or practice related to public health
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Provision of health care to the public

Learning Objectives:
Identify a minimum of 3 policy – based initiatives to gain access to underserved and minority children and their families at risk for toxic environmental exposures List 3 policy-based approaches recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) community-based organization can implement to develop an evidence-based and sustainable social media and community outreach program Discuss a minimum of 3 funding strategies to develop a Center promoting children’s environmental health that are replicable

Keyword(s): Asthma, Child Health Promotion

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a founding member of the Children's Environmental Health Center of the Hudson Valley which was established in 2008. I am the director of Community Education and Outreach. I am also an assistant dean and associate professor at New York Medical College in the School of Health Sciences and Practice. I developed the initiatives presented in this abstract on collaboration with my colleagues. I have presented to more than 20, 000 people.
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.