Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Break the Cycle of Environmental Health Disparities

Academic journal article International Journal of Child Health and Human Development

Break the Cycle of Environmental Health Disparities

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Children who grow up in circumstances of social and economic disadvantage are exposed to a variety of environmental factors that can result in serious childhood health problems. In the developing world these are food shortage, susceptibility to infectious diseases and exposure to conflict and violence. In industrialized countries, exposures to toxins such as lead and air pollution from industry and motor vehicles, and dilapidated physical environments in their homes and neighborhoods. These adverse conditions result in increased morbidity and mortality and are termed Environmental Health Disparities.

Although the factors that result in these disparities are overwhelming in their social, economic and political challenges to countries and the world body, we have developed a modest model for addressing this challenge. Break the Cycle of Environmental Health Disparities is an interdisciplinary program that inspires students from a variety of academic and professional perspectives to develop projects to "Break the Cycle" at any point. The program mentors the students through completion of their projects, requires that they present their work at a conference and then write a paper on their project for publication.

To date we have had seven annual programs with more than 50 students from up to 20 universities and disciplines in seven states in the USA, with four published monographs in international journals and one in press. …

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