Alaska Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE-Alaska) Webinar: Recorded on April 28, 2021
Children’s behavior and biology leave them uniquely susceptible to harm from toxic chemicals commonly found in our natural and built environment. This results in childhood illness and death as well as adverse health effects later in life. For this webinar, Dr. Ruth Etzel presented on content from her new book entitled ‘Protecting Your Child’s Health: Expert Answers to Urgent Environmental Questions’, which focuses on preventive measures we can take at home and through advocacy to protect our children and future generations.
Ruth Etzel, M.D., Ph.D., is an internationally recognized pediatrician, environmental epidemiologist, and preventive medicine specialist. From 2009-2012, Dr. Etzel led the World Health Organization’s efforts to protect children from environmental hazards. Her epidemiologic research interests include investigating the effects of environmental contaminants on children, identifying the environmental precipitants of asthma attacks, and studying the health effects of exposure to indoor and outdoor air pollutants.
She is no stranger to Alaska. She first came to Bethel in 1979 for a short-term stint as a medical student and later would return from the lower 48 to Bethel just for the month of January to cover Dr Ron Brennan’s pediatric practice while he prepared to run the Iditarod. She adopted one of Dee Dee Jonrowe’s sled dogs and raised it in Atlanta, Georgia. She moved to Anchorage in 2001 to take a position as Medical Director of Research at Southcentral Foundation, where she stayed until 2008.
Related Readings and Resources:
2014 CHE Alaska teleconference entitled Children’s Environmental Health: A discussion of the latest science and evidence-based advocacy with Dr. Ruth Etzel – https://www.akaction.org/2014march12/
Pediatric Environmental Health (4th Edition). Etzel RA (Editor). American Academy of Pediatrics, 2019.
Prevention Triangle Diagram from Dr. Etzel’s powerpoint presentation – https://www.akaction.org/wp-content/uploads/Etzel-Prevention-Triangle.pptx