Region 8

Webinar series: Improving Children's Health through Federal Collaboration

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The Environmental Protection Agency, Region 8, and the Health Resources and Services Administration, Region VIII, organized, in collaboration with other federal partners, a year-long webinar series titled Improving Children's Health through Federal Collaboration. Children, by their very nature, deserve our focused attention and care especially because:

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  • Their bodily systems are still developing.
  • They eat more, drink more and breathe more in proportion to their body size.
  • Their behavior patterns increase their exposure to environmental hazards.

Protecting the health of children where they live, learn and play is fundamental to making the world a better place for future generations. The purpose of this webinar series was to encourage coordination, collaboration and information sharing across government agencies and organizations, health care providers, educators and the general public in addressing children's health issues.

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Descriptions of each webinar

A link to the recording of each webinar are available below. You can also receive a copy of the presentation slides, in PDF format, by emailing Alicia Aalto ( or Cherri Pruitt at (

November 10 - Children Grow Best in Healthy Environments (Due to technical difficulties with our first webinar, the recording for this webinar is not available)
In celebration of Children's Health Month, this first session presents an overview of children's special vulnerabilities to environmental exposures; prenatal developmental windows of susceptibility; common children's environmental hazards such as air quality, asthma triggers, lead, asbestos and pesticide exposure; and, resources to help you protect children from these exposures.

December 8 - Pediatric Environmental Health Resources for Community Health Professionals
This session discusses resources and strategies for assisting primary care providers and other community health workers in addressing common pediatric environmental health issues. Topics include taking an environmental exposure history; pediatric environmental health case studies; and how to access free medical consultation and training through the Rocky Mountain Region Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit.

January 12 - Coordinated School Health: Clean, Green and Healthy Schools
School health programs are often a result of a "patchwork" of policies and programs with differing standards, requirements, and populations to be served. In addition, these programs are managed by professionals from multiple disciplines: education, nursing, social work, psychology, nutrition, and school administration, each bringing different expertise, training, and approaches. This session explores how Federal, State and local agencies are working together to coordinate the various aspects of school health in order to eliminate gaps, reduce duplication of efforts, and leverage limited resources.

February 9 - Obesity Prevention
Over the past three decades, childhood obesity rates in America have tripled, and today, nearly one in three children in America are overweight or obese. The numbers are even higher in African American and Hispanic communities, where nearly 40% of the children are overweight or obese. If we don't solve this problem, one third of all children born in 2000 or later will suffer from diabetes at some point in their lives. This session highlights Let's Move!, the First Lady's initiative dedicated to solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation as well as HRSA's Healthy Weight Collaborative, and how states are working to impact childhood obesity through their Title V Block Grants.

April 12 - Communities Working Together for Better Health
This session highlights projects where communities are working collaboratively with local, state and federal stakeholders to create healthier environments where children can live, learn and play. These community-based projects and programs focus on geographically, politically, demographically, and/or socially defined areas. Learn about resources available for project assistance, funding, outreach, training, education, and capacity-building.

May 10 - Successful Asthma Management
May is Asthma Awareness Month! Asthma affects almost 25 million people of all ages and races. Despite this prevalence, public awareness of common asthma triggers and effective asthma management strategies remains limited. Learn the latest in successful asthma management including identifying warning signs of an attack, avoiding triggers, asthma clinical guidelines and successful intervention strategies.

June 14 - Healthy Homes
This session highlights how Federal agencies are working in a coordinated fashion to address multiple housing-related hazards and childhood diseases. The Presentation also includes tools and resources available for communities to create neighborhoods and outdoor spaces that promote public health and encourage healthy lifestyles for all ages.

July 12 - Affordable Care Act
This Session includes an overview of the new health reform law, the Affordable Care Act, and highlight those sections of the law that are especially helpful for children and families. The Affordable Care Act Increases access to necessary preventative services to help keep children and families healthy. This session describes the new protections for health insurance consumers, and provisions to lower costs and improve care.

August 9 - Children's Environmental Health Research
The Centers for Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research ("Children's Centers") were established to explore ways to reduce children's health risks from environmental factors. The long-range goals of the Centers include understanding how environmental factors affect children's health, and promoting translation of basic research findings into intervention and prevention methods to prevent adverse health outcomes. This session shares latest research and discuss how the Centers foster research collaborations among basic, clinical, and behavioral scientists with participation from local communities.

October 11 - Healthy Child Cares
More than 12 million children in the U.S. (including infants, toddlers, and pre-schoolers ages 3 to 5) spend a significant portion of their days in child care settings. In this webinar you learn about major environmental health issues in child care settings and resources to promote and maintain environmental health; the National Health and Safety Performance Standards for Early Care and Education Settings; and Healthy Child Care America, a collaborative effort of health professionals and child care providers working to improve the early education and health and safety of children in out-of-home child care. You also learn about many resources for helping develop healthier learning environments and more effective caregivers in child care centers and family child care homes across the country.