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Empower Yourself with Knowledge: FREE Environmental Health Webinars

Addressing environmental health issues is paramount to providing excellent care to the young minds that we serve as head start teachers. The Institute for Childhood Preparedness is pleased to announce a collaboration with the New Jersey Head Start Association, Region II Head Start Association, National Environmental Health Association and the US Environmental Protection Agency to bring you a series of four FREE webinars covering a variety of topics. These four free webinars are specifically curated to equip you with valuable knowledge and practical tips to create healthier living environments for yourself and your community, particularly tailored to benefit the Head Start community.


Read below for details on each webinar, dates, times, and details on how to register!


1. Understanding Lead Webinar  

Date: April 16th  

Time: 1-2pm (English)  

Duration: 1 hour  


Lead exposure remains a significant concern, especially for children, as it can cause developmental delays, learning difficulties, and other health issues. Join us for an engaging session where we'll delve into the sources, risks, and mitigation strategies associated with lead. Did you know that even low levels of lead exposure can impact children's IQ and academic achievement? Learn how to identify and address lead hazards in your environment, empowering you to take proactive steps towards lead-safe homes and communities.


2. Understanding Asthma and Our Indoor Environment

Date: May 16th

Time: 1-2pm (English)  

Duration: 1 hour  


Childhood asthma affects over 8% of American kids, making it the most prevalent chronic disease among youth. These episodes can be frightening, often triggered by environmental factors in homes, day care facilities, and schools. Led by Dr. David Dyjack, a Board Certified Industrial Hygienist and Chief Executive Officer of the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA), gain insights into common triggers such as dust mites, mold, pet dander, and secondhand smoke. Learn practical approaches to safeguarding against asthma attacks. 


3. Información sobre el plomo  

Date: May 2nd  

Time: 1-2:15pm (Spanish)  

Duration: 1 hour and 15 minutes


Este seminario web será presentado en español y proveerá información crucial sobre el plomo. Únase a nosotros para aprender sobre las fuentes, riesgos y estrategias de mitigación asociadas con el plomo. Sabía que exponer a plomo puede afectar múltiples sistemas de órganos en el cuerpo, que lleva a daño cardiovascular, renal, y neurológico?  En este seminario, aprenda cómo crear ambientes seguros contra el plomo, para proteger la salud de su familia y su comunidad.


Sinead Keogh, con maestría en Salud Pública, es científica de salud pública medioambiental en Eastern Research Group. Tiene más de 9 años de experiencia en trabajar para solucionar injusticias de salud ambiental y mejorar la salud en diversas comunidades. Se dedica a promover la comunidad y la equidad. La Sra. Keogh habla español con fluidez y ha facilitado capacitaciones virtuales y presenciales en inglés y español sobre los impactos de la exposición al plomo y las medidas que se puede tomar para reducir la exposición.


4. Understanding Integrated Pest Management  

Date: May 29th  

Time: 1pm (English)  

Duration: 1 hour  


Pest infestations can pose health risks and undermine the quality of indoor environments. Explore the principles of Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in this enlightening webinar. Did you know that IPM emphasizes prevention, monitoring, and non-chemical control methods to manage pests effectively? Discover sustainable approaches to pest control that prioritize environmental safety and human health. Learn how to implement IPM strategies in your home or community to reduce reliance on pesticides and promote a healthier living environment for all.


Don't miss out on these enriching opportunities to expand your knowledge and empower yourself to make positive changes in your surroundings. Mark your calendars and register today to secure your spot in these invaluable webinars!


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