Environment and Public Health: Environmental Health, Law and International Perspectives

I. Leslie Rubin, MD (Editor)
Department of Pediatrics, Morehouse School of Medicine and President, Institute for the Study of Disadvantage and Disability, Atlanta, GA, USA

Joav Merrick, MD, MMedSci, DMSc, (Editor)
Medical Director, Health Services, Division for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services, Jerusalem, Israel
Division of Adolescent Medicine, KY Children’s Hospital, Department of Pediatrics, Lexington, Kentucky, USA
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Jerusalem, Israel
Division of Pediatrics, Hadassah Hebrew University Medical Centers, Mt Scopus Campus, Jerusalem, Israel
School of Public Health, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Series: Public Health: Practices, Methods and Policies
BISAC: MED078000



Volume 10

Issue 1

Volume 2

Volume 3

Special issue: Resilience in breaking the cycle of children’s environmental health disparities
Edited by I Leslie Rubin, Robert J Geller, Abby Mutic, Benjamin A Gitterman, Nathan Mutic, Wayne Garfinkel, Claire D Coles, Kurt Martinuzzi, and Joav Merrick


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This book represents a body of work performed by students from a diverse set of disciplines and a variety of universities. Each project was developed by the students to “break the cycle of social, economic and environmental health disparities.” This book contains the projects from the ninth annual “break the cycle” program. “Break the cycle” projects are designed to raise awareness among the students of the reality of environmental health disparities and its impact on the world around them.

Although the students may feel daunted by the magnitude of the challenge, they need to know that even the relatively small project they develop can make a big difference and becomes part of an inexorable process towards making the world a better place for all of its citizens. The dictum that “It is not incumbent upon you to finish the task, yet, you are not free to desist from it” empowers the students to take on a challenge for a lifetime and beyond. We believe that the lessons learned by the students from their own projects, from working with the other students and from appreciating the difference that each little effort can make, goes significantly towards cultivating our future leaders. They are the people who will carry on the work and make the world a better place in their time.
(Imprint: Nova)


Chapter 1 - Environment and public health (pp. 3-16)
I Leslie Rubin, MD, Robert J Geller, MD, Janice Nodvin, Maeve Howett, PhD, Benjamin A Gitterman, MD and Joav Merrick, MD (Innovative Solutions for Disadvantage and Disability, Atlanta, Georgia, US and others)

Section One: Children and Their Families

Chapter 2 - Early childhood obesity (pp. 19-30)
Amanda K Brzozowski, PhD, and Carolyn D Drews-Botsch, PhD (Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology, Atlanta, Georgia, US)

Chapter 3 - Media literacy and perceptions of identity among pre-adolescent girls (pp. 31-42)
Johari Harris, Miles Irving, PhD and Ann C. Kruger, PhD (Department of Educational Psychology and Special Education, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, US)

Chapter 4 - Family environmental health and teen outcomes (pp. 43-50)
Lesley Davidson, MD, Alissa Briggs, PhD and Hatim A Omar, MD (Division of Adolescent Medicine and Young Parents Program (J422), Kentucky Children’s Hospital, UK Healthcare, Department of Pediatrics,University of Kentucky College of Medicine,Lexington, Kentucky, US)

Section Two: Making a difference

Chapter 5 - A multisport/triathlon program for an overweight inner-city Hispanic middle school aged population (pp. 53-68)
Jeff Condit, Mark Caballero, and Paula E Papanek, PhD (Department of Physical Therapy, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, US)

Chapter 6 - Next step up: Intervention to increase youth educational aspirations (pp. 69-78)
Elise Marie Tolbert and Pamela Maxson, PhD (Department of Environmental Health Sciences, University of Michigan School of Public Health and Children’s Environmental Health Initiative, School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, US)

Section three: International Perspectives on Health and Environment

Chapter 7 - A project on childhood vaccination in Bolivia (pp. 81-94)
Brianna Osetinsky, Laura M Gaydos, PhD and Juan S Leon, PhD (Department of Health Policy and Management and Hubert Department of Global Health, Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, Atlanta, Georgia, US)

Chapter 8 - Environmental health outreach to children in Puerto Rico (pp. 95-110)
Lauren M Ritter and Damiris P Agu (Department of Epidemiology, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and Department of Preventive Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, US)

Chapter 9 - A study of violence in Mexico: A public health concern (pp. 111-120)
Carolina de la Portilla and Enrique Cifuentes, MD, PhD (Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, Massachusetts, US)

Section Four: International perspectives on Autism

Chapter 10 - Screening for autism in Santiago, Chile (pp. 123-136)
Maria I Eugenin, MD, Rosario Moore, MD, Javiera Martinez-Gutierrez, MD, Carolina A Perez and Patricia M Valenzuela, MD (Department of Pediatrics and Department of Family Medicine, School of Medicine. Facultad de Medicina, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago, Chile)

Chapter 11 - Culture, tradition, autism spectrum disorder and Somali refugee mothers (pp. 137-154)
Shanna Miller-Gairy and Saul Mofya (Department of Veterinary Science and Public Health, Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, Georgia, US)

Section Five: Legal Perspectives

Chapter 12 - Respiratory illness, urban pediatric population at risk and in-home intervention (pp. 157-166)
Emily McClendon, and Justin Babino (College of Law Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, US)

Chapter 13 - Medical-legal partnerships: Referral and intake processes (pp. 167-178)
Caroline Wick (Tulane School of Public Health and Tulane Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana, US)

Chapter 14 - The health law partnership (pp. 179-186)
Sylvia B Caley, and Robert Pettignano, MD (Health Law Partnership, HeLP Legal Services Clinic, Georgia State University College of Law, Atlanta, Georgia and Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, US)

Section Six: Acknowledgments

Chapter 15 - About the editors (pp. 188-190)

Chapter 16 - About the Innovative Solutions for Disadvantage and Disability (pp. 191-192)

Chapter 17 - About the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSU) (pp. 193-194)

Chapter 18 - About the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Israel (pp. 195-198)

Chapter 19 - About the book series “Public health: Practices, methods and policies” (pp. 199-200)

Section Seven: Index


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