The Built Environment and Its Impact on Children’s Health
Held on April 25th at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health. The event included a keynote address by Janet Phoenix, MD, MPH, MS, an assistant research professor at the George Washington Milken Institute School of Public Health. The Chapter has previously partnered with Dr. Phoenix on a virtual town hall on lead in DC’s water supply and with 50 organizations on a “Campaign to Reduce Lead Exposure and Asthma.”
An advocacy panel followed the keynote presentation led by Bethany Carlos, MD, MPH, of Children’s National and included representatives from Empower DC, The Children’s Law Center, The Georgetown Law Center’s Health Justice Alliance Law Clinic, and an Area Neighborhood Commissioner representing residents near Buzzard Point in DC. The panelists shared examples of how pediatric health care providers can offer referrals and resources to residents of DC.
Neelima Tummala, MD, also of George Washington University, closed the program with a call to action and provided examples of how she has become active on environmental health issues in the DMV. A downloadable contact sheet on how to reach DC Councilmembers and additional resources were offered to the attendees. See the links below.