In February, 2016, The American Academy of Pediatrics posted an article recognizing the national Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU) network. These region-based networks offer education, referrals, and resources to address local environmental health questions and challenges. Recent distress over lead contamination in Flint, MI and across the country has highlighted the value of these PEHSUs in responding to community concerns and keeping our country’s children healthy. Dr. Maida Galvez, associate professor of Preventive Medicine and Pediatrics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, directs the Region 2 PEHSU.
In “Risk Factors Associated with Lead,” Dr. Maida Galvez speaks to the persistent hazards of lead exposure, as communities across the country continue to examine this issue in light of the widespread contamination in Flint, MI.
In February, 2016, P30 COEC Co-Director Dr. Maida Galvez emphasized the importance of children’s environmental health in a People Magazine article describing health hazards in Detroit public schools. “Given the significant amount of time a child spends in school, it’s important to ensure a healthy learning environment so that children can reach their full potential,” says Dr. Galvez, who leads the Region 2 Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit and serves as an associate professor of Preventive Medicine and Pediatrics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
Following the lead poisoning catastrophe in Flint, MI this January, Dr. Phil Landrigan was quoted in two Yahoo! News articles to discuss the prevalence of lead poisoning across the country, particularly in lower-income, underrepresented communities. ‘“I think it’s perfectly appropriate to rally around Flint,” says Philip Landrigan, a pediatrician and Dean for Global Health at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York. “But people need to realize that Flint is not an isolated example and there are places that are even worse. It’s happening all over the country and it’s tightly tied to race, ethnicity and economic circumstances.”’ Dr. Landrigan is featured in both ‘Poisoned by Lead: Portraits that will Haunt Flint Parents‘ and ‘It’s Not Just Flint That’s Poisoned.’
As health professionals weigh in on what families can do in the aftermath of lead poisoning in Flint, MI and many other communities, Dr. Maida Galvez discussed symptoms, prevention, and treatment in a Health.com article titled ‘The Lead Poisoning Symptoms Everyone Should Know.’ ‘“The biggest misconception about lead is the notion that this is a problem that has gone away,”’ says Dr. Galvez, who leads the Region 2 Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit and serves as an associate professor of Preventive Medicine and Pediatrics at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.