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.
On December 13, 2015, our colleague Dr. Michael Crane of Mount Sinai Hospital’s World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program participated in an MSNBC interview about the Zadroga Act, which is up for renewal by Congress. The act would ensure medical benefits and compensation for 9/11 first responders, many of whom now face serious health problems resulting from environmental exposures. Dr. Crane was joined by Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) and Ground Zero Demolition Supervisor John Feal on the interview. To learn more about Mount Sinai’s WTC Health Program resources, please click here.
Mount Sinai researchers participated in a two-day workshop on air pollution at the National Institute of Public Health to present and discuss their research, along with key partners from various academic, medical, and public health institutions.
On November 27, 2015, a new documentary called STINK! will open in theatres in New York City. The film, directed by Jon Whelan, exposes the ‘cancer loophole’ by investigating toxic chemicals lurking in every-day consumer products. Dr. Sarah Evans, an instructor in preventive medicine at Mount Sinai’s Icahn School of Medicine and postdoctoral fellow at the Children’s Environmental Health Center, was quoted in the Yahoo! Health article about this film. For more information about theatres and showtimes, please visit the STINK! website.
Dr. Rosalind Wright, TCEEE member, has been appointed to the dual leadership roles of Dean of Translational Biomedical Research and Director of the Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Wright leads the TCEEE Phenotyping and Stress Assessment Facility Core (PSAFC) and serves as a Professor in the Departments of Pediatrics, and Preventive Medicine. We congratulate Dr. Wright on this new leadership and encourage you to read more about her work here.
Dr. Alison Sanders, a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Preventive Medicine, was featured in the American Society of Nephrology Kidney Week 2015 press release, which included current kidney health research findings from scientists across the country. Dr. Sanders’ study investigated the effect of lead exposure in pregnancy and in infancy on blood pressure levels in young children. The team designed the study to examine the developmental origins of adult hypertension, which is believed to begin in childhood or even the prenatal period. Findings from this study may have implications for determining when interventions to prevent hypertension should occur.