Public Health: Environment and Child Health in a Changing World

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: HEA028000



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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Break the Cycle of Children’s Environmental Health Disparities (BTC) is an annual, collaborative, interdisciplinary research and training program involving university students in academic tracks that focus on the impact of adverse social, economic, and environmental factors on children’s health, development, and education. The target populations are communities where environmental hazards are related to circumstances of social and economic disadvantage.

Each student develops a project that focuses on preventing or reducing adverse environmental factors to benefit the children who live in these communities. At the end of the project, the students present their studies and findings at a national conference and write papers that are then published. This book is the result of the 13th BTC projects. The projects cover a range of factors that have an influence on individual, community, and social perspectives. Most importantly, they inform us about children’s environmental health disparities, and propose solutions to reduce and eliminate health disparities in order to promote health equity for all children.

The authors also cover a brief history of human habitation and the associated environmental degradation, accompanied by what has been done to address the process. They recommend a constructive approach to breaking the cycle of environmental degradation, moving toward the promise of a positive future for our planet in good ecological balance with health and well-being for generations to come.
(Imprint: Nova Medicine and Health)


Chapter 1. Break the Cycle of Children’s Environmental Health Disparities
(I Leslie Rubin, MD, Robert J Geller, MD, Claire D Coles, PhD, Victoria Green, MD, Abby Mutic, PhD, Nathan Mutic, Wayne Garfinkel, Benjamin A Gitterman, MD, and Joav Merrick, MD, MMedSci, DMSc, Department of Pediatrics, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, and others)

Chapter 2. Break the Cycle of Environmental Degradation
(I Leslie Rubin, MD, Department of Pediatrics, Morehouse School of Medicine, Southeast Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit, Emory University, Break the Cycle of Health Disparities, Inc and Developmental Pediatrics Specialists, Atlanta, Georgia, USA)

Chapter 3. Risk Factors for Preeclampsia in a High-Risk Cohort of Women Served by a Nursing-Based Home Visiting Program
(Candace Tannis, MD, Rachel Fletcher-Slater, Inessa Lopez, Alexandrah Gichingiri, Mario Cassara, Susanne Lachapelle, and Elizabeth Garland, MD, Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and LSA Family Health Services, New York, USA)

Chapter 4. Evaluating Fish-Consumption in Pregnancy
(Ivorie Stanley, MD, and Susan Buchanan, MD, University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Public Health, Division of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, Chicago, Illinois, USA)

Chapter 5. Barriers and Promoters to Initiating and Sustaining Breastfeeding among African American Women
(Danielle Dimacali, Claribel Marmol, Jalisa Fortune, Jeannie Rodriguez PhD, and Helen Baker, PhD, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA)

Chapter 6. Maternal Childhood Adversity and Early Parenting: Implications for Infant Neurodevelopment
(April L Brown, Brooke G McKenna, Madeleine F Cohen, Anne L Dunlop, MD, Elizabeth J Corwin, PhD, and Patricia A Brennan, PhD, Department of Psychology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, and others)

Chapter 7. Young Minds, Young Readers: Dialogic Reading with Adolescent Mothers and Their Children
(Diana L Abarca, Jacqueline A Towson, PhD, Barbara J Ehren, EdD, and Matthew S Taylor, PhD, School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Central Florida, Orlando, USA, and others)

Chapter 8. Changing Sleep Habits to Decrease Obesity
(Rebecca J Graves, PhD, Leigh A Minchew, Sonia Smith, Kimberly Zlomke, PhD, Kristina Caffey, Bridget Owens, Anna Thies, Megan Gibert, and Sharon M Fruh, PhD, College of Nursing and School of Psychology, University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama, USA)

Chapter 9. The Relationship between Childhood Obesity and Neighborhood Food Ecology Explored through the Context of Gentrification in New York City
(Brennan Rhodes-Bratton, Andrew Rundle, Gina S Lovasi, PhD, and Julie Herbstman, PhD, Department of Sociomedical Sciences and 2Department of Epidemiology, Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health, New York City, New York, USA, and others)

Chapter 10. Relationship between Community Characteristics and School Engagement among United States Children, National Survey of Children’s Health, 2011–2012
(Breyanna M Mikel, Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA)

Chapter 11. Invisible Threats: Legal Methods to Address Asthma Triggers in Rental Homes
(Prathyusha Chenji, School of Law, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA)

Chapter 12. Children’s Health and Safety Risks Posed by Irrigation Water in Northern Utah
(Kristen R Koci, and Courtney G Flint, PhD, Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology, Utah State University, Logan, Utah, USA)

Chapter 13. Environmental Justice for Vulnerable Florida Children in Hurricane Aftermath
(Manmit Singh, Dylan Avery, and Valerie Mac, PhD, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA)

Chapter 14. Social Media as a Tool for Breaking the Cycle of Children’s Environmental Health Disparities
(Talia Bernhard, Faith Bygrave, and Nsedu Obot Witherspoon, College of Arts and Sciences, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA, and others)

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