The public and those who are responsible for child health and safety are
encouraged to attend, including: child-care providers, child-recreation
leaders, disaster-relief volunteer coordinators, educators, healthcare
providers, school officials,
lawmakers and community and government decision-makers. Free admission.
June, 11, 2011, Children's Environmental Protection Alliance (Children's EPA) Community Forum: Protecting
Schoolchildren From Environmental and Chemical Hazards will be held in
(near Mobile) from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.,
in the meeting room of Semmes Branch of the Mobile Public Library.
Host Nancy Swan will discuss the health impact on child health and precautions learned from natural disasters and disaster clean-up, including recent tornadoes, the BP Oil Spill disaster, Hurricane
Katrina. Discussion and Q & A are encouraged.
Refreshments will be provided.
- Claire Barnett will speak about the ABC’s of environmental problems in schools (“Asthma, Bugs, and Chemicals”)
and highlight the simple prevention steps that schools can take to
reduce risks and reduce costs.
Claire Barnett, whose younger son was pesticide-injured at school while she served on a New York State Governor’s commission,
a BA from
Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA and a MBA from Rensselaer
Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY. She is founder and Executive Director
of the Healthy Schools Network, Inc.
a national award-winning
environmental health not for profit research, education, and advocacy
organization, and the Coordinator of the national Coalition for
, convened by the Network and its national advisers.
The Healthy Schools Network has challenged the nation with a call to
action to ensure that schools are environmentally responsible to
children, to personnel, and to communities. She convened the fledgling
Network in 1995 as a New York statewide coalition; it has won new funds
and multiple laws on school environments in the nation’s third largest
educational system (New York State) and the nation’s single largest
school district (New York City). She also fostered successful
replications of the Network’s agenda in over a dozen states. Under her
leadership, the national Coalition has won two federal laws and funds
for schools, including US EPA Healthy Schools Initiative which will
issue federal environmental health guidelines and state grants to
advance healthy environments for children. The Network is an EPA partner
in environmental health and coordinates National Healthy Schools Day
- Dr. Anne Turner-Henson
will give a presentation on the impact on child-health from exposure to
environmental conditions and hazardous chemicals and address need for
prevention in K-12 schools, Head Start programs, preschools, and for
special needs children.
Turner-Henson is a Professor at the University of Alabama School Of
Nursing, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).
She holds joint
adjunct faculty appointments in the UAB Schools of Medicine (General
Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine) and Public Health (Maternal Child
Health Division). Dr. Turner-Henson has dedicated herself to providing
visionary leadership in research, policy development (local, state,
national), and community empowerment in the areas of child health,
environmental health, and children with special needs. She has conducted
interdisciplinary research to test innovative models of care (e.g.,
asthma, secondhand smoke reduction, household chemicals), resulting in
adoption of these programs in various Alabama communities in local
school districts, child care programs (Head Start) and community-based
organizations. She serves on multiple state
and national committees as an advocate for child health. Dr.
Turner-Henson is a member of the United States Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee.
is project director of the Leadership Education in Child-Health Nursing
program (LECHN), funded by the Maternal Child Health Bureau, DHHS. The
aim of the LECHN program is to prepare the next generation of nursing
faculty leaders in child-health nursing education who conduct
biobehavioral research. Empowering communities through building
grassroots initiatives to reduce children’s environmental risk and
promote healthy communities is a key focus of her work.
In 2010, Professor Turner Henson, gave a one day workshop for nurses at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Nurses & Environmental Health: Health Consequences of the Gulf Oil Spill
The workshop informed nurses and health professionals about the
environmental health consequences of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill
and taught health risk communication strategies. Continuing education
credit was offered without cost to attendees of the workshop, which was
sponsored by the University of South Alabama College of Nursing,
University of Alabama, Birmingham, School of Nursing, Leadership
Education in Child-Health Nursing (LECHN) Program, and University of
Maryland Environmental Health Education Center.
founder and director of Children's Environmental Protection Alliance
and host of Children's EPA Community Forum, will make a presentation
about her chemical exposure and injury
, and injuries to more than two
dozen schoolchildren during a roofing renovation project at the school
where she was teaching school. She will introduce Children's EPA
mission to promote federal and state disaster plans to include specific
Disaster Plans for children and schools. Nancy Swan will moderate Q and
A, include submitted Q and A, commentary, suggestions.
Mrs. Swan hosted three CDC/ATSDR Community Conversations in Mobile, Alabama in 2010 as part of the CDC/ATSDR National Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposure
. She submitted the results of the Community Conversation and participated in review of CDC/ATSDR policy changes.
Swan earned a BA in Home Economics and Theater and attended graduate
school at San Jose State University of California
and the University of
Southern Mississippi. While teaching public school for ten years, Mrs.
Swan earning a masters level education through the University of
Southern Mississippi, wrote and illustrated Threads and Stuff
textbook/workbook for to teach basic learning skills through practical
application, and directed and designed lighting for dozens of community,
church, and school musicals and plays.
Swan will moderate questions, provide resources for additional
information, and suggest opportunities and programs available for
community members, school officials, and government support to improve
environmental and chemical protection for schoolchildren.
Children's Environmental Protection Alliance will continue to sponsor Children's EPA Community Forums and to invite guest speakers to
- improve school environmental and chemical quality and to commend improvements,
- introduce, educate, and discuss environmental and chemical hazards affecting children in the U.S.A. and internationally,
- provide information resources,
provide opportunities to resolve, propose, endorse, participate, and
or action to reduce or prevent environmental and chemicals hazards to
children wherever they live, play, and learn.
- promote Federal and State Disaster response plans to include age appropriate plans for children
- to include pre-disaster plans, disaster response plans, post disaster plans, and clean-up regulations for groups responding.
- it include required training and certification, for those responsible for children safety.
- Development of Disaster Plans to posted in all preschool, daycare centers, and all private, public, and home schools.
- Plans should include biannual public announcement and written and email notification to parents and responsible adults.
Preregistration is not necessary, but is encouraged. Attendees may
email questions and concerns in advance. Please email Nancy Swan at
Please provide the following information:
- First and Last name and title (Ms., Mrs., Miss, Mr., Dr., RN, etc.)
- Mailing address, including zip code,
- Email and or telephone number, for confirmation and updates,
- Organization, if applicable,
- Website, if applicable, and
comments, concerns, and other additional information that may be
helpful to providers of Children's EPA Community Forums and for
preparation by guest speakers. Please indicate by writing "anon" after
you question or comment, if you do not want to be identified.
To subscribe to the mailing list for future Children's Environmental
Protection Alliance Community Forums or to sponsor or request a
Children's EPA Community Forum in your area, please email your request
and contact information to Nancy Swan at email@example.com
In the United States, it is easy to start asthma awareness activities in our communities, cities and states. It is much harder to get US Congressmen and Presidential participation in or recognition of Asthma Awareness Month. One out of ten children have asthma, with a higher numbers among economic disadvantaged and minority children.
Although U. S. medical professionals and government agencies recognize asthma as life-threatening disease, treatable by pharmaceutical products, there is little recognition as to what causes asthma and no recognition that includes regulation, investigation, nor enforcement harmful environmental and chemical conditions known to cause and trigger asthma attacks.
A parent emailed me that her asthmatic children were constantly threatened by their next door neighbor burning trash (without the required permit), and fumes from paints and solvents used during the day. There was no one to investigate and the city refused to enforce "no burning" regulations. Last year, her young son passed out at school and had to be rushed to the emergency room. Even though his teacher knew he was asthmatic, the child had been required to run laps in an unventilated gym that had just been re-floored with polyurethane paints and sealants. Parents of the schoolchildren were never informed, nor warned that asthma provoking chemicals were present at the school.
I have an asthma-like condition, permanent restrictive lung disease, resulting from exposure to methyl diphenol isocyanate
and toluene diisocyanate
. Both were known to cause asthma causing chemicals in a spray on foam roofing system
(link is not the applicator but example of similar product) applied to the roof of the school where I was teaching.
Those responsible for child (and adult) safety in places where they live, learn, and play, are not aware of what "asthma" is, what triggers an asthma attack, nor how to prevent attacks. Many asthma attacks can be prevented by controlling, correcting, or eliminating exposure to environmental and chemical conditions. Perhaps those who refuse to correct conditions that trigger asthma may have never experienced an asthma attack, a life threatening disease that can cut off airways. Imagine the panic of not being able to breathe, slowly being strangled into unconsciousness, knowing that without help, you may die.
Plan a simple by effective asthma awareness program in your country, state, county, city, or community leaders.
1. Get support from officials - Submit a resolution or proclamation to Governors, mayors, city and state lawmakers and officials, using suggested proclamation published by the EPA.
2. Inform the community - Post EPA links of blogs about Asthma, share Asthma Community Network on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or other social network and in organization news.
3. Support by attending webnars, conferences, and group forums to promote asthma awareness.
4. Asthma Community Network provides links to
Find a program near you
Join the Asthma Community Network
Explore and read asthma resources
"Asthma Awareness Month is a global effort to help people
learn how to control asthma. EPA provides cost-free event planning
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