Environmental Health Disparities in Children: Asthma, Obesity and Food

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: Pediatrics, Child and Adolescent Health
BISAC: MED069000



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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The children of today are the citizens and leaders of the future. It behooves us, as responsible citizens and leaders of today, to make sure that we provide our children and future leaders with the necessary health, education and guidance to prepare their future for successive generations, and to live in a safe and sustainable environment in harmony with each other and with the world around them. Children who grow up in circumstances of social and economic disadvantage are more likely to be exposed to pollution such as tobacco smoke, and to have access to and eat less healthy foods. As a consequence, they bear the burden of a disparate increase in adverse health outcomes during childhood and into adulthood. In this book, we bring research about smoking and pollution and its effect on childhood asthma, the issue of childhood obesity and the importance of food, not only for survival, but also for good health and a more promising future. (Imprint: Nova)


Chapter 1. Break the Cycle
(I. Leslie Rubin, Robert J. Geller, Janice Nodvin, Michele Marcus, Maeve Howett, Benjamin A. Gitterman, Joav Merrick, Innovative Solutions for Disadvantage and Disability, Atlanta, GA, USA, and others)

Chapter 2. Environmental Health Disparities in Vulnerable Children
(Carol J. Rowland Hogue, Women’s and Children’s Center, Department of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA)

Section 1: Exposures and Asthma

Chapter 3. Secondhand Smoke Exposure in Children
(Zoya Treyster, Benjamin A. Gitterman, Department of Pediatrics, New York-Presbyterian, Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, Columbia University Medical Center, NY, USA, and others)

Chapter 4. Smoke Exposure Associated with Increased Prevalence of Dental Caries
(Neha Jakhete, Benjamin A. Gitterman, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, The George Washington University, Washington DC, USA, and others)

Chapter 5. The Impact of Thirdhand Smoke Education in a Pediatric Emergency Department on Caregiver Smoking
(Sima Patel, Phyllis Hendry, Colleen Kalynych, Ryan Butterfield, Michelle Lott, Katryne Lukens-Bull, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Florida, Jacksonville College of Medicine and Center for Health Equity and Quality Research (CHEQR), Jacksonville, FL, USA, and others)

Chapter 6. Traffic-Related Air Pollution and Pediatric Asthma
(Hilary Henry, Rebecca Anthopolos, Pamela Maxson, Children’s Environmental Health Initiative, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA, and others)

Chapter 7. Low-Income and Minority Children with Asthma
(Brian Basinger, College of Law, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA, USA)

Chapter 8. Peer-Teaching and Dramatic Play to Increase Asthma Awareness
(Stephane Z. McKissick, Stephanie Miles-Richardson, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, USA)

Section 2: Obesity and Food

Chapter 9. Laws Affecting the Built Environments of Low-Income and Minority Children with Obesity
(Raymond Lindholm, Center for Law, Health and Society, Georgia State University College of Law, Atlanta, GA, USA)

Chapter 10. The Relationship of BMI to Menarche
(Amparo G. Gonzalez-Feliciano, Mildred Maisonet, Michele Marcus, Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health, Epidemiology Department, Atlanta, GA, USA)

Chapter 11. Obesity Intervention Strategies and the Built Environment
(Kelly Henderson, Pamela Maxson, Children’s Environmental Health Initiative, Duke University, Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences, Durham, NC, USA)

Chapter 12. Urinary Concentrations of Dichlorophenol Pesticides and Obesity in Children
(Claudia Twum, Jianmin Zhu, Yudan Wei, Department of Community Medicine, Mercer University School of Medicine, Macon, GA, USA, and others)

Chapter 13. Fresh Food in Vulnerable Communities
(Denise Smith, Stephanie Miles-Richardson, LeConté Dill, Elaine Archie-Booker, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, USA)

Chapter 14. Organic Food Purchases among University Students
(Kati C. Keebaugh, Cam Escoffery, Chensheng Lu, Michele Marcus, Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Atlanta, GA, USA, and others)

Chapter 15. Foreign Food Aid Initiatives Addressing Child Malnutrition and the Future of United States Food Aid Policy
(Vihra Groueva, Tulane University Law School, New Orleans, LA, USA)

Section 3: Acknowledgements

Chapter 16. About the Editors

Chapter 17. About the Innovative Solutions for Disadvantage and Disability

Chapter 18. About the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSU)

Chapter 19. About the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Israel

Chapter 20. About the Book Series “Pediatrics, Child and Adolescent Health”

Section 4: Index

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