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Resilience - The Phenomenon of Overcoming Adversity

The 12th Annual Break the Cycle program considers the role of resilience in promoting success for children living in adverse environmental circumstances. Join us and learn more!

Monday April 24, 2017


8:30 AM          Registration & Breakfast

9:00 AM          Opening of Program

Robert Geller, MD, Director, Southeast PEHSU, Professor of Pediatrics, Emory University, Atlanta GA

9:10 AM          Message from the ATSDR

Michael Hatcher, DrPH, Chief, Environmental Medicine Branch, Division of Toxicology and Human Health Sciences, ATSDR, CDC, Atlanta GA

9:20 AM          Message from the EPA

Ruth Eztel, MD, PhD, Director of the Office of Children’s Health Protection, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Washington DC


9:40 AM          Introduction to Break the Cycle

Leslie Rubin, MD, Director, Break the Cycle Program, Associate Professor, Morehouse School of Medicine, Co-Director Southeast PEHSU, Atlanta GA


10:00 AM        Home, Belonging and the Incarcerated Mother: A study on the effects of mass incarceration on children’s

   behavioral health outcomes

                      Tatenda Mangurenje, student, Peter Brown, PhD, mentor, Department of Anthropology, Emory University, Atlanta



10:20 AM        Factors affecting the length of stay in drug exposed infants admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

                      Praytibha Agarwal, student, David Wood, MD, MPH, mentor, Department of Pediatrics, East Tennessee State

University, Johnson City TN


10:40 AM        Health Break

11:10 AM        Impact of early life housing on child behavior at age seven

Abby Gaylord, student, Julie Herbstman, PhD, Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York City, NY


11:30 AM        A Silver Lining for High-Risk Infants:  Coordinated Care for Children 0-32 Months

                      Lea Redd, student, Bree Andrews, MD, MPH, Department of Pediatrics—Neonatology, The University of Chicago

Medical Center, Chicago IL


11:50 AM        Lunch

$10 Optional lunch (MUST be purchased with your registration) – network with presenters and attendees!


1:30 PM          Neurodevelopmental Outcomes of recent exposure to DDT in children of selected communities of Zambia       

                      Nosiku Munyinda, student, Charles Michelo, BSc, MBChB, MPH, MBA, PhD, Mentor, Department of Public Health,

University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia


1:50 PM         Racial Disparities in Access to Municipal Water Supplies in the American South: Impacts on Children’s Health

                      Frank Stillo, student, Jackie McDonald Gibson, PhD, mentor, Gillings School of Global Public Health, University of

North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill NC


2:10 PM          KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Research Roadmap: Science and scientific gaps to help address different aspects of environmental justice

Andrew Geller, PhD, MS Deputy Director, United States Environmental Protection Agency, Sustainable and Healthy Communities Research Program


2:30 PM          Health Break


3:00 PM          Interactive Educational Lead Hazards Class to Children at the Boys and Girls Club in Metro Atlanta - Pilot

                      Catherine Evans, Amrita Mahtani, Sam Peters, Patrick Fueta, students; W. Michael Caudle, PhD, mentor,

Department of Environmental Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta GA


3:20 PM          The Role of Social Support and Adolescent's Mothers Breastfeeding Practices in North Carolina

                        Colleen Clark, student, Kimberly Price, PhD, mentor, Department of Public Health, Lenoir-Rhyne University, Hickory NC


3:50 PM          The effectiveness of a community-based program of nutrition education and physical activity to decrease

health disparities of childhood obesity

Hope Bentley, student, Jannett Lewis-Clark, MOT, OTD, OTR/L, CLT, mentor, Department of Nursing and Allied Health, College of Veterinary Medicine, Tuskegee University, Tuskegee AL


4:10 PM          Urban Farming as a Model for Positive Youth Development

Luis Torres, student, Cappy Collins, MD, mentor, Department of Public Health,  Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai, New York City NY


4:30 PM          Review and Conclusion

                        Leslie Rubin, MD


5:00 PM          Adjourn


Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Resilience:  The Phenomenon of Overcoming Adversity


8:00 AM         Registration and Breakfast

8:30 AM          Introduction

Leslie Rubin MD, Director, Break the Cycle Program, Associate Professor, Morehouse School of Medicine,

Co-Director Southeast PEHSU, Atlanta GA

8:50 AM          Started from the bottom: My resilience story

Natalie Hernandez, PhD, M.P.H., Assistant Professor, Prevention Research Center, Post-Doc Fellow, Center of Excellence on Health Disparities, Department of Community Health and Preventive Medicine, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta GA


9:10 AM          Resilience

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

9:30 AM          Experience, Strength, and Hope

Lucy Hall, B.S., NCAC, and CASAC, CEO and Founder, Mary Hall Freedom House, Atlanta GA


9:50 AM          Resilience

Mel Konner, MD, PhD, Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor, Department of Anthropology, Program in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology, Emory University, Atlanta GA


10:10 AM        Challenges to Work Groups

                      Leslie Rubin, MD


10:15 AM        Health Break

10:30 AM        Group Discussions    

11:45 AM        Feedback from Groups and Conclusion

12:30 PM        Adjourn

 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.

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