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The Eastern Queens Alliance sponsored a wonderful conference  from 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM, in the auditorium of the Queens Hospital Center located at 82-68 164th Street, Jamaica, NY, The topic of this environment and health conference was: Our Children and Families At Risk: Protecting Our Environment! Protecting Our Health!  The purpose of the conference was to provide the Southeast Queens community with critical information it needs about a range of important environmental topics, including:

                            The Relationship Between Our Health and  Environmental Exposure

                            Environment and Children’s Health—What Parents Should Know!

                            Making Our Homes, Schools, and Communities Healthier Places

                            Environmental Justice And The Need For Enforcement,  

                            Educating Our Community to Be Environmental Stewards

We screened the video Are Your Children At Risk published by Grassroots Environmental Education and then a blue ribbon panel shared their expertise with all who attended. They included: Leonardo  Trasande, MD, MP.P, Center for Children’s Health  and the Environment, Mt Sinai School of Medicine; Suzette Vanderbeek, Queens Vanquard Study, National Children’s Study; Nsedu Obot Witherspoon, MPH—Executive Director, Children’s Environmental Health Network; Peggy M. Shepard, Executive Director, WEACT; Patti Woods, Founder & Executive Director, Grassroots Environmental Education; Nwanakaku  Onwunli, EQA Intern, Florida A & M University

The symposium provided the participants with basic facts, history, implications and possible direction regarding the above mentioned  topics. Those who attended came away with a better understanding of the things in our environment that affect our health. For example, they discussed the links between environmental toxins and not only asthma, but hyperactivity, childhood cancers and neurological and behavioral disorders in children. Through the Q & A they were able to explore strategies that would help people control, if not the eliminate, environmental hazards that are present within communities.

The Alliance firmly believes that an informed community is a community that is better able to protect its quality of life. The goal was to enable residents to be informed advocates for themselves, their children and their communities.

This was a must attend event for the entire community, particularly parents (present and future), educators, policy makers. If you missed it, you missed a chance to acquire information that would help you protect yourself and your family.