ERIC Number: ED570456
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Environmental Health at School: Ignored Too Long. Panel and Facilitated Workshop. Summary Report
Goodson, Dana; Rustem, Kim
Healthy Schools Network, Inc.
On November 9-11, 2015, Healthy Schools Network, with funding support from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, Education Facilities Clearinghouse, The California Endowment, Mid-Atlantic Center for Children's Health and the Environment, and National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, convened the first national facilitated workshop on environmental health in schools and child care facilities at The PEW Charitable Trusts in Washington, DC. The theme of this meeting was: "Environmental Health at School: Ignored Too Long". This meeting brought together representatives from local and state health departments, public health associations, federal agencies (the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Environmental Health/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry [CDC -NCEH/ATSDR), and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)], environmental and health NGOs, environmental justice organizations, school facilities experts, and parents of affected children to develop research and policy recommendations for addressing environmental health hazards (including, but not limited to, indoor air pollution, PCBs, molds, and chemical mismanagement and spills) commonly found in the nation's 130,000 PK-12 schools and child care facilities. These risks place more than 55 million children who occupy these facilities across the country at risk every day. This summary report outlines the main themes derived from conversations during the facilitated workshop, as well as policy and research recommendations that participants indicated should be explored further. In generating creative solutions that put children's environmental health first, attendees were asked not to allow potential fiscal constraints to limit their thinking. This summary provides background to and an outline of potential policy and research priorities to be refined at a national meeting of stakeholders hosted by the Healthy Schools Network, proposed for late spring of 2016. Representatives of 32 organizations participated in the Panel and Workshop, and the list of panel and workshop participants is provided in Appendix 1 of this report. [For the full report see ED570459.]
Descriptors: Health Promotion, Workshops, Environmental Influences, Hazardous Materials, Pollution, Elementary Secondary Education, Child Care Centers, Early Childhood Education, Child Health, Cooperative Planning, Prevention, Intervention, Standards, Guidelines, Parent Role, School Policy, Training, Educational Legislation, Parent Rights, Privacy, Student Records, Risk Management
Healthy Schools Network, Inc. 773 Madison Avenue 1st Floor, Albany, NY 12208. Tel: 518-462-0632: Fax: 518-462-0433; Web site: http://www.healthyschools.org
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Early Childhood Education
Sponsor: W.K. Kellogg Foundation; National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) (NIH); California Endowment
Authoring Institution: Healthy Schools Network, Inc.
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act 1974
Grant or Contract Numbers: R13ES026508