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Outreach on Toxic Threats in Massachusetts

Thanks to a grant from the Massachusetts Environmental Trust's new Human Health and Environment Program, GBPSR conducted Massachusetts-specific work related to In Harm's Way: Toxic Threats to Child Development (IHW). The primary program goal was to educate more health care providers about the linkages between toxic chemicals and brain development, in order to prevent exposures and pollution.

We focused on outreach to health care providers to the most vulnerable populations, including pregnant women and children. We also concentrated on building capacity within GBPSR to encourage more member and medical student participation in GBPSR programs.

Major project components included the following:

Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies

GBPSR worked with the statewide Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies (HMHB) coalition, a collaboration of public and private organizations dedicated to assuring that all children grow up in safe and healthy homes. HMHB of Massachusetts, in conjunction with the multi-disciplinary Partners in Perinatal Health network, had achieved long-standing success providing education on perinatal care. However, information on environment and health issues had not regularly been included. GBPSR coordinated with HMHB to conduct presentations and provide educational materials to member groups, with an emphasis on training care providers who counsel pregnant women and young children including nurses, lactation consultants, doulas, childbirth educators, and others.

Outreach to Hispanic Community

We collaborated with the Regional Environmental Council (REC) of Worcester on outreach to the Hispanic community. REC has a history of working with community groups in Worcester, particularly in Hispanic neighborhoods. GBPSR conducted trainings for health care workers through community health centers, and provide additional training through REC, on the IHW messages about preventing toxic exposures, protecting health, and preventing pollution. In addition, GBPSR provided educational materials in English and Spanish to REC for distribution through their extensive network of community groups.

If you are interested in scheduling a presentation for health care providers in Massachusetts, please contact psrmabo@igc.org with your request.

This project was funded by
Massachusetts Environmental Trust

 

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