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Break the Cycle of Environmental Health Disparities: Maternal and Child Health Aspects
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Editors: Leslie Rubin (ISDD, Morehouse School of Medicine, Southeast Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit, Emory University), Joav Merrick (Division for Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities, Ministry of Social Affairs & Social Services, Israel)
Book Description:
Children living in circumstances of social and economic disadvantage are at greater risk for experiencing health conditions related to environmental factors. They often become trapped in the cycle of environmental health disparities because of poor and limited educational opportunities, lack of access to quality health care services and limited social and political capital.

"Break the Cycle" is an annual student/mentor program that was started in 2005 to address these health disparities. It brings the efforts among students of all disciplines focused on increasing the understanding of social and economic disparities in relation to environmental conditions and resulting health outcomes. "Break the Cycle" has grown in influence and geography, with an increasing number of student researchers participating each year. As a testament to its deep reach and inspiration, some of these students have changed their academic focus and professional goals following their participation in Break the Cycle, bringing to the field of children’s environmental health the numbers, passion and commitment necessary to address complex issues.

With ten Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSUs) around the United States, and a few more in other countries, each PEHSUs has each developed and cultivated its own specialties, styles, collaborations, partnerships and special outreach programs; the Southeast PEHSU’s Break the Cycle program is one such example.

This compilation from the Southeast PEHSU in collaboration with Innovative Solutions for Disadvantage and Disability (ISDD) presents important prenatal exposure research accomplished through this Break the Cycle mentorship program. The compilation demonstrates the enormous breadth and interactions between social, chemical and biological issues exemplified by the need to understand how, for example, the built environment might affect birth weight, how air pollution might affect behavior or how growth and development of males is affected by exposure to brominated flame retardants. Most importantly, it reveals the vulnerability of the fetus to environmental factors and the lifelong implications on the children, their families and on society.

These are the kinds of questions that stretch our minds and give us an appreciation of science, health, society and, importantly, equity. In due course, the experiences of students and mentors in Break the Cycle builds a cadre of enlightened and motivated participants in the effort to promote/pursue health equity in the best environments for the children of today, tomorrow and generations to come. (Imprint: Nova)





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Table of Contents:
FOREWORD pp.ix

INTRODUCTION pp.xi

SECTION ONE: MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH pp.1-2

Chapter 1. Fetal Environment During Pregnancy and Vulnerability of the Central Nervous System
(I. Leslie Rubin, Innovative Solutions for Disadvantage and Disability, Atlanta, GA, USA, and others)pp.3-12

Chapter 2. The Relationship of BMI to Menarche
(Amparo G. Gonzalez-Feliciano, Mildred Maisonet, Michele Marcus, Emory University, Rollins School of Public Health, Epidemiology Department; Atlanta, GA, USA)pp.13-22

Chapter 3. Pubertal Development in Girls
(Krista Yorita Christensen, Mildred Maisonet, Michele Marcus, Department of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University and National Center for Environmental health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, USA)pp.23-36

Chapter 4. Brominated Flame Retardant Exposure: Heritability of Age at Menarche and Menstrual Cycle Length
(Kira C. Taylor, Chanley M. Small, Michael P. Epstein, Metrecia L. Terrell, Michele Marcus, Department of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA, and others)
pp.37-50
Chapter 5. Development of a Measure of Preconception Pregnancy Readiness
(Laura M.D. Gaydos, Michael R. Kramer, Carol J. Rowland Hogue, Department of Health Policy and Management and Department of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA)pp.51-62

Chapter 6. The Impact of Multi-Level Factors on Family Planning Use among Mayan-Quiché Couples in the Rural Highlands of Guatemala
(Kathryn L. Schmidt, Carol J. Hogue, Karen L. Andes, Department of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA, and others)pp.63-84

Chapter 7. Exposures to Endocrine-Disrupting Compounds in Pregnant Women and Children from the United Kingdom
(Adrianne Holmes, Mildred Maisonet, Carol Rubin, Stephanie Kieszak, Dana B. Barr, Antonia M. Calafat, Andreas Sjodin, Richard W. Jones, Jean Golding, Dana Flanders, Michael A. McGeehin, Michele Marcus, National Center for Environmental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, USA, and others)pp.85-92

Chapter 8. Brominated Flame Retardant: Exposure In Utero and Male Growth and Development
(Chanley M. Small, Metrecia L. Terrell, Lorraine L. Cameron, Julie Wirth, Carolyn P. Monteilh, Michele Marcus, Department of Epidemiology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA, and others)
pp.93-106
Chapter 9. Mercury Exposure Education Provided by Women’s Health Clinics
(Victoria Chau, Sharleen Traynor, Katryne Lukens-Bull, Grazyna Pawlowicz, Gale Tucker-Disney, Aaron Hilliard, David Wood, Behavioral Science and Community Health Department, University of Florida College of Public Health and Health Professions, Melbourne, FL, USA, and others)pp.107-120

Chapter 10. Perinatal Exposure to Air Pollutants
(Farah Z. Dadabhoy, Pamela J. Maxson, Nicole Huff, Richard L. Auten, Department of Biology, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA, and others)
pp.121-136
Chapter 11. Social and Economic Determinants of Stillbirths
(Robert A. Brown, Carol Hogue, Michael Kramer, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA)pp.137-148

Chapter 12. Nutrition and Psychosocial Factors in First-Time Pregnant Women
(Jenny Hurst, Paula Zeanah, Leslie Lewis, Karen Mills, Louisiana Office of Public Health, Maternal and Child Health, New Orleans, LA, USA, and others)pp.149-162

Chapter 13. A Public Health Problem: Co-Occurrence of Depression and Addiction
(Faresa Zarreen, Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, USA)
pp.163-172
Chapter 14. Substance Use and Child Health Outcomes among Mothers Experiencing Homelessness
(Peiyin Hung, Laura M. Gaydos, Division of Health Administration and Policy, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, USA, and others)pp.173-182

Chapter 15. Violent Crime and Preterm Birth in a Racially Diverse Urban Area
(Lauren C. Messina, Michael R. Kramer, Department of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA)
pp.183-198
Chapter 16. Built Environment and Birth Weight
(Rebecca Ouyang, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA)pp.199-210

Chapter 17. Pregnancy: Disparities in Psychosocial Health and the Built Environment
(Allison Gruber, Pamela J. Maxson, Children’s Environmental Health Initiative, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA)pp.211-222

Chapter 18. Breaking the Cycle of Maternal Depression: An Initiative to Improve Children’s Environmental Health
(Emily Modlin, Pamela J. Maxson, Children's Environmental Health Initiative, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University, Durham, NC, USA)pp.223-232

SECTION TWO: ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS pp.233-234

Chapter 19. About the Editors pp.235-236

Chapter 20. About the Innovative Solutions for Disadvantage and Disability pp.237-238

Chapter 21. About the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSU)pp.239-240

Chapter 22. About the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development in Israelpp.241-244

Chapter 23. About the Book Series “Pediatrics, Child and Adolescent Health”pp.245-246

SECTION THREE: INDEX pp247-263

   Series:
      Pediatrics, Child and Adolescent Health (Series Editor: Joav Merrick - National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Ministry of Social Affairs, Jerusalem)
   Binding: Hardcover
   Pub. Date: 2013
   Pages: 283, 7x10 - (NBC-C)
   ISBN: 978-1-62948-107-4
   Status: AV
  
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