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Simple Steps with Mount Sinai's Children’s Environmental Health Center
Tuesday, June 18, 2019, 6:30 PM until 8:00 PM
The Downtown Community Center
120 Warren Street
New York City, NY 10007
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Join HRP Mamas and CEHC for a workshop on:
Simple Steps To Safeguard Your Family From Toxic Environmental Exposures
with Dr Sarah Evans, PhD MPH, Instructor in the Children’s Environmental Health Center (CEHC) at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
Join us for an informative talk to learn how to safeguard your pregnancy, your children, and your family’s health from toxins in everyday environments and products.
From chemicals in consumer products and plastics, to pesticides in foods, to concerns about artificial turf, and chemical fire retardants in car seats, parents spend a lot of time trying to figure out how to navigate all of the information available. It can all feel overwhelming!
This workshop will walk you through your daily routine to identify potentially harmful exposures. You will come away with the knowledge and tools to make better choices to reduce toxic exposures.
This workshop will provide you with a greater understanding of:
- What environmental health is – and how everything from cleaning products to lead in drinking water to nail polish and toxic stress fit under its umbrella
- Why growing babies and kids are so vulnerable to environmental exposures
- Which diseases and developmental issues environmental exposures have been linked to
- Who determines whether chemicals in consumer products are safe
- Which prevalent chemicals in consumer products should be avoided
- How to minimize exposure to potentially harmful chemicals in everyday products and foods
- Anything else on your mind! A lengthy Q&A period will ensure your specific questions will be answered
The goal of our workshop is to offer parents real, attainable steps they can take to protect the health of their growing children—and a greater understanding of why it matters.
About the speaker: Dr. Sarah Evans
Sarah Evans, PhD MPH is an instructor in the Children’s Environmental Health Center (CEHC) at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. As a classically trained neuroscientist, she is particularly interested in the impacts of in utero and early postnatal environmental exposures on nervous system development and child behavior. Her research at the CEHC focuses on the endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) phthalates and bisphenol A, both found in many common household products. Her analysis of data from human pregnancy cohorts suggests that EDC exposures during pregnancy are associated with worse behaviors in boys.
Dr. Evans received her doctorate in neuroscience from Weill Cornell Medical College where her research focused on the regulation of brain derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), a molecule critical for the development of the human brain. Following graduation, she spent a year as a teaching fellow in Human Physiology at Fordham University before becoming a Fellow in Environmental Pediatrics at Mount Sinai, where she obtained her Master’s in Public Health. A mother of an eight year old and 2.5 yr old twins, Dr. Evans is also involved in public outreach and advocacy efforts to protect families from toxic chemicals.