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October 2020: Celebrating Children’s Environmental Health Day

We celebrated Children’s Environmental Health Day with the release of “Climate Change and Your Neighborhood,” the second book in the Healthy World, Healthy You storybook series. Isabella and her younger brother Joel explore the intersection of health and the environment and what they can do to protect their own health and that of their friends and neighbors. In the newest book, the duo team up with their grandmother to educate and motivate their community to take steps to make the neighborhood a healthier place.

COVID-19, Colonialism & Environmental (In)Justice Instagram Chat, October 8

This virtual discussion explored the legacy of colonialism in environmental health and the impact of systemic racism on the health of children and communities. It featured: Luz Guel, Mount Sinai Transdisciplinary Center on Early Environmental Exposures in a conversation with community activist Génesis Abreu, North Brooklyn Neighbors. Link to IG live video recording.

September 2020: “Water Ways” funded by NIEHS Small Business Innovation Grant

We are excited to announce that we have been awarded an NIEHS Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grant to fund our collaborative project entitled “Water Ways”. The Community Engagement Core, Stakeholder Advisory Board, and Killer Snails will collaborate with partners to develop an immersive learning experience, Water Ways, that leverages the latest in Extended Reality (XR) technology paired with authentic assessments to improve environmental health literacy of fresh and saltwater, build STEM capacity, and support community science endeavors for children in grades 3-5.

August 2020: Dr. Arora Participated in Instagram Live Event with Sprout

On July 30, 2020, Manish Arora, PhD, MPH, FICD, BDS, was interviewed by Sprout San Francisco on Instagram. Sprout’s mission is help families choose the healthiest and safest products for their children. Dr. Manish Arora spoke about environmental health and biomarkers that show how the environment is effecting our children’s health. To watch the IG live (click here).

July 2020: Pilot Project Awardees

The Mount Sinai NIEHS Core Center has announced the awardees for the (Round 1) 2020 call for Pilot Grant proposals. The Center’s mission is to increase the Environmental Health (EH) research portfolio at Mount Sinai and to bring non-EH researchers into the field through new transdisciplinary collaborations.

 

Seven $25,000 grant were awarded. To learn more about the funded the research projects for this year, visit our Funded Pilot Projects page.

June 2020: Prescriptions for Prevention Featured in NIEHS Newsletter

top photo: The Mount Sinai team, bottom photo: Lauren Zajac, M.D., M.P.H., examining a child

The NIEHS July Newsletter highlighted the Prescriptions for Prevention, an online public education tool. The RXs for Prevention are a result of a partnership between NIEHS’s Community Engagement Cores and several regional Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSU) across the country. The prescriptions are short, downloadable documents that have two parts: an action plan and a list of additional resources. Each prescription educates both clinicians and families about how environmental exposures impact children’s health. The prescriptions also provide clinicians with an easy method to counsel and refer families to needed community resources. The partnership connects the dots among researchers, clinicians, and community partners by incorporating environmental health into routine pediatric care. To read the newsletter click here.

March 2020: Pilot Projects Program Announces 8th Call for Applications

The Mount Sinai Transdisciplinary Center announced its eighth call for Pilot Grant proposals. The Center’s mission is to increase the Environmental Health (EH) research portfolio at Mount Sinai and to bring non-EH researchers into the field through new transdisciplinary collaborations. TCEEE plans to award a total of $145,000 in pilot funding for this round. Applications can be made to either the $70,000 or $25,000 grant program. Awards will be granted based on the availability of funds. To learn more go to our 2020 Pilot Projects Program page.

February 2020: Clinical Climate Change Conference

Approximately 150 physicians, researchers, and allied health professionals attended the January 24, 2020 Clinical Climate Change Conference, representing more than 60 institutions across sectors.  Now in its second year, the conference is convened by the Mount Sinai Institute for Exposomic Research, and this year’s partners included the American Lung Association, American Public Health Association, and the Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary.  Speakers included environmental justice advocates and leaders in the study of environmental medicine and public health, including a representative from TCEEE stakeholder advisory board (WE ACT) and TCEEE members Robert Wright, Nicholas DeFelice, Allan Just, Roberto Lucchini, Erin Thanik, Perry Sheffield, and Lauren Zajac. This CME event provided attendees with a base of up-to-date evidence to inform patient treatment and care, especially for vulnerable populations, including the elderly, children, and individuals who work outdoors. A patient education poster for health care settings was developed for the conference and distributed to attendees. Videos of key presentations are available at https://www.clinicalclimatechange.com/2020.

Fitness Zone Constructed at NYCHA George Washington Carver Houses

Trust for Public Land, New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) Carver Houses Tenant Association, and the Mount Sinai CTSA (collaboration with the Social Determinants of Health Accelerator) collaborated on the installation of a “Fitness Zone” in East Harlem to provide free outdoor fitness equipment designed to be accessible to adults of all ages and physical abilities. Members of the community came together on January 09, 2020 to celebrate the completion of the “Fitness Zone”. To complete this project our group secured $150,000 in funding. Our group applied for additional funding to train a group of Carver Houses residents as Fitness Zone ambassadors, and provide a stipend to activate the space with the assistance of more experienced Revolutionary Fitness (local fitness group) trainers who would also lead a set number of activities onsite each week/month.