Resilience and Health: A Potent Dynamic

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

Joav Merrick, M.D. (Editor)
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: HEA010000



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 (or simply, Break the Cycle) 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 which are then published. This book is the result of the 12th annual Break the Cycle program. The projects cover a range of factors that operate over a period of time and 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 health disparities in order to promote health equity for all children.


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

Chapter 2. Resilience: A Commentary on Breaking the Cycle
(I. Leslie Rubin, MD, Department of Pediatrics, Morehouse School of Medicine, Southeast Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, US)

Chapter 3. Maternal Drug Use and the Severity of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome
(Pratibha Agarwal, MD, Beth Bailey, PhD, Jesi Hall, Michael Devoe, MD and David Wood, MD, Department of Pediatrics and Department of Family Medicine, Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee, US)

Chapter 4. Mothers in Prison
(Tatenda Mangurenje and Melvin J Konner, MD, PhD, Department of Anthropology, Emory University, Altanta, Georgia, US)

Chapter 5. Housing Instability and Child Growth and Development
(Abigail L. Gaylord, Whitney J. Cowell, Lori A. Hoepner, DrPH, Frederica P. Perera, DrPH, PhD, Virginia A Rauh, ScD, and Julie B Herbstman, PhD, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health, New York, New York, US, and others)

Chapter 6. DDT Exposure, Socio-Economic Status and Neurodevelopmental Outcomes in Children
(Nosiku S. Munyinda, Sandra Shanungu, Given Moonga, and Charles C. Michelo, PhD, School of Public Health and School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Lusaka, Zambia)

Chapter 7. Racial Disparities in Access to Municipal Water Supplies in the American South
(Frank Stillo and Jacqueline MacDonald Gibson, PhD, Gillings School of Global Public Health, Department of Environmental Science and Engineering, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, US)

Chapter 8. A Silver Lining for Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) Graduates: Coordinated Services from 0-6 Years
(Lea Redd, Ren Belcher, Brianne Dotts, and Bree Andrews, MD, Section of Neonatology, Department of Pediatrics, Biological Sciences Division, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, US)

Chapter 9. Exploring the Role of Social Support in Understanding Barriers to Breastfeeding Practices for Adolescent Mothers
(Colleen Clark and Kimberly Price, PhD, Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville, Program of Public Health, Lenoir-Rhyne University, Asheville, North Carolina, US)

Chapter 10. A Community-Based Program to Decrease the Risk of Childhood Obesity
(Hope Bentley, Jannett Lewis-Clark, Alfonso Robinson Jr., Brittany McCullough, Vanessa Harris, Kayla Bryan, Precious Harris, Teralesha Baity and Chante’ Warner, Occupational Therapy Program, School of Nursing and Allied Health, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Alabama, US)

Chapter 11. A Lead Education Program with the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta
(Amrita G. Mahtani, Catherine G. Evans, Samuel JW Peters, PhDC, Patrick O. Fueta, MD, and William M. Caudle, PhD, Department of Environmental Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, US)


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