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Children's Health Month 2017

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October is Children’s Health Month!

The Environmental Protection Agency celebrates Children’s Health Month! Throughout the country (at each ten of the EPA’s Regions and at Head Quarters), the agency hosts and participates in a number of activities and events to raise awareness about children’s environmental health. In alignment with the agency’s purpose of ensuring that all Americans are protected from significant risks to human health and the environment where they live, learn and work—this year’s theme, Protecting Children Where They Live, Learn and Play, highlights EPA’s commitment to work with communities to ensure safe and healthy environments for all children.

To learn more children's environmental health, view the Presidential Proclamation for Child Health Day.

Children's Health Month Events

California

Healthy School Renovation Workshop
Representatives from federal and state regulatory agencies are hosting a workshop on environmental health issues that often occur during school renovations. Topics will include protecting indoor air quality, asbestos & lead paint regulations, energy efficiency, mold, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), environmental risk assessment, and green school design.
Date:  October 13, 2017
Location: Los Angeles, California

Southern California Air Quality Flag Training
The EPA is hosting a training for teachers, school nurses, and athletic coaches about the air quality flag program and environmental asthma triggers.
Date: October 14, 2017

Bureau of Land Management Youth Summit
EPA region 9 will have a booth and host a breakout session on air quality monitoring at the BLM Youth Summit. The summit aims to inspire students to pursue careers in the fields of conservation and STEM.
Date:  October 17, 2017
Location:  Sacramento, California

Georgia

Children’s Health Month (CHM)
In celebration of Children’s Health Month, the Environmental Protection Agency will host an exhibit at the Atlanta Federal Center during the month of October.  Join our partners, the Cooperative Extension Programs in Georgia, Alabama, and Kentucky, along with the Georgia Department of Public Health and the Le Boneur Children’s Hospital in Memphis, TN in promotion and outreach efforts during CHM.  The PEHSU and Children's Health Research Centers can get involved in many ways, such as sharing articles and hosting additional children’s health programing during CHM.
Date:  October 1 – 31
Location:  Atlanta, Georgia

Children’s Health Heroes Program
Each day in October, select EPA employees, along with state and local partners will be recognized for their participation in activities geared to protecting children from environmental health hazards throughout the Southeast Region. There will be a brief story and display highlighting each hero.
Date: October 1-31
Location:  Atlanta, Georgia

Georgia National Fair
A Children’s Health Month Program event will be conducted at the Georgia National Fair in Perry, GA. The Georgia Healthy Homes Coalition and the Georgia Rural Healthy Housing Advisory Board with support from Region 4 Children’s Environmental Health Program coordinate this program.  Each day, the exhibit focused on addressing the different healthy housing principles which include pesticides, lead poisoning, green cleaning, indoor air quality, energy efficiency and other information to improve the health of children and their families in and around the home. The Georgia National Fair showcases Georgia’s Agribusiness and promotes the agricultural achievements of Georgia’s youth. This event attracts over 500,000 visitors and reached a diverse audience with attendees from as far away as Puerto Rico including farmers, teachers, government employees, healthcare workers, and the general public.
Date: October 5-15, 2017
Location: Georgia National Fair, Perry, Georgia

Georgia Association on Education for Young Children Annual Conference
Regional staff will present at the Georgia Association on Education for Young Children (GAEYC) Annual Conference. The conference attracts private Head Start and daycare owners, teachers, and interested stakeholders. Topics presented this year will include asthma triggers, mold radon, and integrated pest management.
Date: October 6, 2017
Location: Alpharetta, Georgia

Asthma Educators Reaching and Teaching the Asthma Community
Regional staff will present at an Asthma Education Seminar at Armstrong State University in Savannah, GA.  The Asthma Coalition in Action will highlight updates in advancing asthma care and treatment.  Seminar topics range from how to diagnose and treat reactive airway disease, how service providers can become certified educators, and how school nurses can become primary asthma care providers.
Date: October 6, 2017
Location: Savannah, Georgia

Children’s Environmental Health Expo
EPA Region 4 is hosting an exhibit in the lobby of the Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center during the Children’s Environmental Health Expo from 10:00 am-1:00 pm. Multiple federal agencies will present information promoting educational programs, interventions, and activities to help protect children from environmental health hazards.  A soilSHOP will provide lead screenings of soil to raise awareness about hazards of lead in urban soil, and provide resources on how to avoid contact with lead while gardening or while children are playing in yards.
Date: October 18, 2017
Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Interagency Lead Summit
The Interagency Lead Summit brings together federal leadership to coordinate efforts in reducing the lead footprint and combating lead disparities within Region 4.
Date: October 18, 2017

Science Saturday
The EPA is hosting a Science Saturday on October 21, 2017.  Georgia-Pacific scientists, employees, and college students, volunteer with students to complete STEM projects and activities.  Science Saturday encourages children in grades 2-5 to enjoy science.
Date:  October 21, 2017

Student Lead Symposium
The first Annual Student Lead Symposium invites area high school students to participate in presentations and panel discussions about lead hazards.  The symposium helps students become environmental advocates in their communities.
Date:  October 26, 2017

Lead Poisoning Prevention Week
The EPA is hosting activities in the Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center (SNAFC) during the week of October 22, activities to increase awareness about preventing led-based paint poisoning.  Events include reading to kids, quizzes with EPA employees, and an information table in the lobby.
Date: October 22 – 28
Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Pennsylvania

SoilShop Event
New Kensington Community Development Corporation (NKDC) in collaboration with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) will provide free soil sampling to analyze for lead and other metals at Beacon Church. The Philadelphia Department of Public Health laboratory will attend offering free blood lead screening for children.
Date: September 30, 2017
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Home Depot Community Safety Event
Home Depot in New Freedom will hold a safety event for all ages on Saturday, October 7th from 9am-1pm.  Families can enjoy vendors, displays, activities, and games/contests while learning about safety.  EPA will provide outreach on various children’s environmental health issues.
Date: October 7, 2017
Location: York County, Pennsylvania

Asthma Disparities Awareness Walk and Community Fun Day
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia will host an event helping increase awareness of the effects of asthma on our Philadelphia families. This event will provide valuable information on how to better manage and control asthma.  EPA will have an information booth. Walk/Fun Day Registration Page: https://asthma-walk-fun-day.eventbrite.com
Date: October 7, 2017
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Ninth Annual Fighting Asthma Disparities Summit
The Community Asthma Prevention Program will host its 9th annual Asthma disparities summit.  A look at the past 20 years of childhood asthma research and clinical practice guidelines and a view of current trends in asthma diagnosis and treatment, particularly as it relates to morbidity, mortality, and racial and ethnic disparities, including understanding and identifying gaps in policy and programming.  The Summit will examine interventions to reduce disparities in asthma that have been implemented over the past 20 years, discuss upcoming research initiatives, and define the gaps in knowledge and areas where further research is needed. Summit Registration Page: https://asthma-summit.eventbrite.com
Date: October 17
Location:  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Lead Outreach
EPA regional staff will perform outreach and compliance assistance with the goal of increasing awareness of and compliance of the EPA’s Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) Rule.  EPA is engaging with regulated entities, and partnering with local agencies and associations to assist them in RRR Rule compliance.  EPA is also meeting with stakeholders to provide education about the RRP Rule, creating an educated and empowered community that will be aware of RRP expectations and RRP non-compliance.
Date:  October 23 – 27, 2017
Location:  Lancaster, Pennsylvania 

Lead Poisoning Prevention Outreach
The Lancaster Public Library, located at 125 North Duke Street, is hosting a Lancaster’s Family Place Workshop.  During the workshop, EPA staff will speak to parents who are interested in learning more about lead poisoning prevention.  EPA will also explain how EPA’s Renovation, Repair, and Painting Rule (RRR) Rule can keep families and children safe during renovations.
Date: October 27, 2017
Location: Lancaster, Pennsylvania 

Tennessee

National Lead Education Week
EPA Region 4 Staff and the City of Memphis will conduct programming during National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week.     
Date: October 22-28
Location: Memphis, Tennessee

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Past Children’s Health Month Pages

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