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Break the Cycle of Environmental Health Disparities in Children

APRIL 7-8, 2014       

Rollins School of Public Health,

Emory University

BREAK THE CYCLE is a collaborative interdisciplinary research and training program to cultivate leadership in children’s environmental health disparities. The target populations are communities where the environmental hazards are related to circumstances of social and economic disadvantage.

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Early Childhood Obesity, Socioeconomic Status, and Executive Functioning in Atlanta’s Children.

Amanda Brzozowski, student, Dr. Carolyn Drews-Botsch, mentor; Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology


Multisport/Triathlon Training and Self-determined Exercise Among an Overweight Latino Middle School Population.

Jeffrey Condit, student, Dr. Paula Papanek, mentor; Marquette University, Dept. of Physical Therapy

Violence Against Children and Youth in Mexico: A Public Health Approach.

Carolina de la Portilla, student; Dr. Enrique Cifuentes, mentor; University of Munich and Harvard School of Public Health


Predictors of Completed Childhood Vaccination in Bolivia. 
Brianna Osetinsky, student; Dr. Laura Gaydos, mentor; Emory University Rollins School of Public Health Department of Health Policy and Management


Elements of culture and tradition that shape the perceptions and expectations of Somali refugee mothers regarding Autism Shanna Miller-Gairy, student, Dr. Saul Mofya, mentor; Fort Valley State University, Department of Graduate Studi

Early Detection of Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Good Beginning Towards Making a Difference.
Maria Ignacia Eugenin, student; Dr. Patricia Valenzuela and Dr. Rosario Moore, mentors; Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile


Improving environmental Exposure and Health Outreach to Children in Puerto Rico: A Geographic Information Systems Approach. 

Lauren Ritter, student; Dr. Damiris Perez Agu, mentor; Mount Sinai Icahn School of Medicine, Dept. of Preventative Medicine

Media Literacy and Perceptions of Identity among Pre-adolescent African-American Girls. 

Johari Harris, student, Dr. Miles Irving, mentor; Georgia State University, Department of Educational Psychology


Rural Kentucky Adolescents and Effects of Parenting.

Lesley Davidson, student, Dr. Hatim Omar, mentor; University of Kentucky, Department of Pediatrics

Breaking the Cycle through Next Step Up: An Educational and Mentoring Intervention

Elise Tolbert, student, Dr. Pamela Maxson, mentor; University of Michigan, School of Public Health, Department of Environmental Health

Evaluating In Home Intervention Strategies to Mitigate Disparate Respiratory Illness Rates in Disadvantaged Urban Pediatric Populations.

Emily McClendon and Justin Babino, students, John Marshall, mentor; Georgia State University College of Law


Breaking the Cycle with Medical-Legal Partnerships: A Comparison of Referral and Intake Processes with a Focus on Addressing Substandard Housing Condition. 

Caroline Wick, student, Dr. Colin Crawford, mentor; Tulane University Law School and the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine and Environmental Health Sciences

To submit a proposal for next years Break the Cycle Conference, please download an application.

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