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Break the Cycle 12 Conference

April 24-25, 2017

Resilience – The Phenomenon of Overcoming Adversity

FREE to attend - registration is required


Emory University

Health Research Sciences Building

Rollins Auditorium, 1st Floor

1760 Haygood Drive, Atlanta, GA 30322

Join us to explore the role of resilience in promoting success for children vulnerable to harmful environmental circumstances. This dynamic conference will examine how exposure to adverse environmental factors can negatively impact child health, growth and development and look at solutions to breaking this cycle.

Resilience: the process of adapting well in the face of adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats or significant sources of stress.

FREE to attend - registration required

Optional Monday Lunch just $10 (must add to registration)

Breakfast and Breaks Included


Southeastern Pediatric

Environmental Health

Specialty Unit

Keynote Speaker

Andrew Geller, PhD, MS

Deputy Director

Sustainable and Healthy Communities Research Program

United States Environmental Protection Agency

Research roadmap: science and scientific gaps to help address different aspects of environmental justice

Program Information

Topics Include:

Ruth Eztel, MD PhD, Director, Office of Children's Health Protection, United States Environmental Protection Agency

Natalie Hernandez, PhD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Post-Doc Fellow, Prevention Research Center, Center of Excellence on Health Disparities, Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine, Morehouse School of Medicine

Jessica Spraggins, M.P.H., CCPH Health Education Specialist,  Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention (DHDSP), Centers for Disease Control and Protection

Lucy Hall-Gainer, B.S., NCAC, CASAC, CEO and Founder, 

Mary Hall Freedom House

Mel Konner, MD, PhD, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor, Department of Anthropology,

Program in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Emory University

For more information:  404-303-5126


  • Impact of incarceration of mothers on children

  • Drug exposed infants

  • Early life housing and child behavioral health

  • Coordinated care for high risk infants

  • DDT and neurodevelopmental outcomes

  • Interactive lead hazard education

  • Urban farming and youth development

About Break the Cycle:

Break the Cycle is a collaborative interdisciplinary research and training program involving university faculty mentors for graduate and undergraduate students in academic tracks focusing on the impact of environmental factors on children’s health. 

 Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and funded (in part) by the cooperative agreement FAIN: U61TS000237-03 from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).

Acknowledgement: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supports the PEHSU by providing partial funding to ATSDR under Inter-Agency Agreement number DW-75-95877701. Neither EPA nor ATSDR endorse the purchase of any commercial products or services mentioned in PEHSU publications or presentations.

Cycle of Environmental Health Disparities




Department of Pediatrics, Emory University

Department of Pediatrics, Morehouse School of Medicine

EPA Region 4

Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities

National PEHSU Network

Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University

Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University

Sustainability Initiatives at Emory University

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Partnerships & Relationships

Get Involved: Sponsorships & Contributions

We welcome your support in sponsoring students and keynote speakers.

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or call   404-303-5126

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