Environmental Health for National Children's Month

a group of children from different backgrounds gathered together

Our children are vulnerable to pollutants in the environment that can affect growth and development, and have long-term health consequences.

Each Wednesday in October - National Children's Month - MACCHE will highlight environmental risks though a childhood development lens. 



12 - 1 pm ET


Pregnancy and early childhood can be times of vulnerability to the neurodevelopment effects of lead exposure. In this webinar learn about sources of lead exposure, current screening and management guidelines, and important opportunities for communities to address lead in drinking water and homes.

About the Speaker

 Katie Huffling, DNP, RN, CNM, FAAN

Katie Huffling DNP, RN, CNM, FAAN is a Certified Nurse-Midwife and the Executive Director of the Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments (ANHE). With ANHE, Dr. Huffling works with nurses and nursing organizations to elevate environmental health issues, such as climate change, toxic chemicals, and sustainability in healthcare, amongst the nursing profession. Dr. Huffling received her DNP in Health Innovation and Leadership from the University of Minnesota. In 2020 she was appointed as a member of the US Environmental Protection Agency Children’s Health Protection Advisory Council.

12 - 1 pm ET


Infants and children are particularly vulnerable to the environmental conditions and potential toxins. These effects may manifest in immediate harm, but many result in altered development that may not be initially attributed to exposure. Child health advocates must work to reduce know exposures and identify potential sources of harm.

About the Speaker

Michelle Kelly, PhD, CRNP, FAANP | Villanova University

Dr. Michelle Kelly is a dual-certified pediatric and neonatal nurse practitioner with over 25 years of experience providing care to children of all ages, in a variety of settings. Dr Michelle Kelly is an Associate Professor at Villanova University’s M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing. She is an advocate for promoting the child health, with a special focus those born preterm.  She continues to practice clinically as a volunteer pediatric nurse practitioner at a free and charitable practice serving the uninsured and underserved in her community. Dr Kelly was recently recognized as a Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.  



12 - 1 pm ET


We often think of water as the source for lead exposure, but do you know all the other different ways lead can be contaminating our environment and harming our children? Learn how to spot other problematic sources of lead from a parent's home, their workplace, and even where they shop and discover what health professionals can do to guide parents on the best way to mitigate harmful exposure to children. 

About the Speaker

Stephanie Lee, MD

Dr.  Lee is a pediatrician at Penn State Health St Joseph community hospital and a preventive medicine specialist. She received her pediatric training in Orange County, California and completed a Master in Public Health at the University of South Carolina along with her preventive medicine and public health fellowship. After realizing in clinic how much a child's environment impacts their health, she now focuses her advocacy on climate action and environmental health issues using traditional and social media for health communication and education.



Each participant will earn one contact hour for attending each session. There is no cost for participating in any of the sessions.

Villanova University M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

The nurse planners, content experts’, faculty, and others in control of content (either individually or as a group) have no relevant  financial relationships with ineligible companies.

Mid-Atlantic Center for Children's Health and the Environment

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