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Your Environment. Your Health.

Healthy Schools / Healthy Daycares

Partnerships for Environmental Public Health (PEPH)

October 30, 2017


On the heels of the second annual Children’s Environmental Health Day (October 12, 2017) and the 15th annual National Healthy Schools Day (April 4, 2017), this webinar will focus on one important aspect of children’s environmental health – their learning environment. Approximately 55 million children are in 130,000 public and private PK-12 schools every day, and 9.8 million are in out-of-home, nonrelative, licensed child care and Head Start centers. Therefore, it is important to reflect on the different exposures that may affect their health and consider strategies for preventing or reducing those potential harms. In this webinar, we heard from two experts in the field who discussed the critical issues requiring our attention, the advances that have been made, and the opportunities for future work.



Claire Barnett

Claire Barnett is the Founder and Executive Director of the Healthy Schools Network, which has become a leading voice for children’s environmental health. She has advanced a comprehensive policy agenda, fostered state and local environmental health coalitions across the country, and secured landmark reforms at the state and federal levels. A social entrepreneur, her previous work includes reporting for Time Magazine in New York City, administering rural New York health services, and assisting Adirondack Park communities with sustainable development. She shifted her focus to children’s environmental health in the aftermath of her child’s pesticide exposure at school. Claire holds a B.A. from Mount Holyoke College and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Earlier this year, she received a William K. Reilly Award for Environmental Governance and Leadership from American University.

Kimberly Hazard

Kimberly Hazard works for the California Childcare Health Program at the University of California, San Francisco’s School of Nursing. She coordinates projects promoting health and safety in childcare settings, including Integrated Pest Management in family childcare homes, the statewide childcare disaster plan, and the development of an online course on healthy beverages in childcare. She now is coordinating a five-year research project, funded by NIEHS, to reduce children’s exposure to pesticides in childcare centers. Kimberly has provided training and consultation related to environmental health to hundreds of childcare providers through her work with Alameda County’s green childcare program.

For More Information

Environmental Health at School: Ignored Too Long
This is a summary report of a November 2015 panel and facilitated workshop that was sponsored by the Healthy Schools Network.

Towards Healthy Schools: Reducing Risks to Children
This is the fourth in a series of triennial “state of the states” reports from the Healthy Schools Network and its partners in the Coalition for Healthier Schools, dating from 2006.

National Healthy Schools Day
This annual event is coordinated by the Healthy Schools Network in partnership with many agencies and organizations. The 16th Annual National Healthy Schools Day will be held on April 3, 2018.

Choose Safe Places for Early Care and Education - Resources
This webpage contains resources from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry’s Choose Safe Places for Early Care and Education program, which protects the health of children where they learn and play.

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