Early Efforts – A Webinar in Partnership with The Hunt Institute
In a webinar the Center on the Developing Child co-hosted with The Hunt Institute, the Center’s Chief Science Officer, Lindsey Burghardt, MD, MPH, FAAP, joined Dolores Acevedo-Garcia, MPA-URP, PhD, the Director of the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy at Brandeis University, and Caitlin Gould, DrPH, an Environmental Health Scientist at the EPA’s Climate Change Division, to discuss how the environmental conditions in the places where children live, grow, play, and learn impact their development and lifelong health.
The panelists shared how every environment is infused with a combination of influences, which can have positive and negative impacts on health and development, but levels of exposure to risk (air and water pollution, lack of access to nutritious foods, etc.) and access to opportunity (safe green space, reliable transportation, etc.) are not equally or randomly distributed. They are shaped by and deeply rooted in public policies and social history.
Check out the recording to learn more about why place matters and how we can work together across sectors to improve environmental conditions and support the healthy development of all children.