FABC01: Eco Healthy ChildCare, by Aileen Gagney and Nancy Simcox
The child care setting-- the home away from home for millions of children--plays a vital role in keeping kids healthy. Common products found in child care environments may contain chemicals and heavy metals that irritate children’s eyes, skin and throats. These contaminants are linked to asthma, learning disabilities, and elevated cancer risk. Unfortunately, these health outcomes are not uncommon, as children (and their caregivers) are also exposed in their home environment to similar hazards, including mold, allergens, lead, radon, heavy metals in dust, and toxic chemicals in cleaning products. This training program is designed to support child care professionals in reducing site-based children’s exposure to these hazards, while empowering parents and caregivers to recognize and reduce home-based hazards. This full day program will provide attendees with concrete steps to protect the children in their care from common environmental hazards. In addition to practical steps for the child-care setting, the course include a resource that can be provided to parents and families of children with asthma and allergies. The AIR MATTERS program is a low-cost toolkit for families that helps to educate, engage and empower them to address key hazards. The 11 different tools in this nationally-recognized, award winning program will be introduced, and an AIRMATTERS Tool kit will be raffled at the end of the presentation (a $200 value)!
• Approved by WSBRS for 5.5 CEUs for registered sanitarians
• Two nationally recognized certificates: Eco-Healthy Child Care ® Trainer Certificate and the National Healthy Homes EHCC Module Certificate
• Child care nurses may apply for credits
About the presenter: Aileen Gagney has Master’s Degrees in Architecture and in Fine Arts. She is a Healthy Home Specialist, Green Advantage Certified, and a Certified Lead Renovator. Currently she is a Consultant working for the Tribal Healthy Homes Network as their Technical Advisor and Trainer. She is a regional trainer for the National Center for Healthy Housing and a facilitator/ instructor for the Healthy Homes Training for Building Professionals. Previously she worked at the American Lung Association as the Environmental and Lung Health Program Manager. There she directed the Master Home Environmentalist (MHE) Program, a program that provides free healthy home assessments to the residents of Seattle with a focus addressing the needs of the most vulnerable - low income, ethnically diverse populations and children. As the Director of the program, she developed and implemented culturally relevant education, community outreach, and other public engagement strategies that guided the continual enrichment of the program to the community at large. She expanded the reach of the program to more than 6 different ethnicity’s, by engaging and training contractors to deliver culturally appropriate program services, ensuring an under-served community voice in the program as well as helping them to achieve their goals of improving the quality of life for their communities. She developed a community health worker model as well as a landlord tenant outreach worker component to the program. She has been working to create healthy living environments for over 40 years.
Nancy Simcox, MS is the Director of the Continuing Education Programs at the University of Washington, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences (UW DEOHS) where she develops and delivers research-based education programs for practicing professionals including environmental health professionals, industrial hygienists, physicians, nurses, safety engineers, and others in the environmental, health and safety field. She is currently managing the Healthy Homes Training Program, which includes courses such as the Eco Healthy Childcare. Ms. Simcox has over 20 years of experience as a research industrial hygienist. With interest and expertise in programs involving emerging chemicals and processes, she served as a co-investigator of a multiyear grant entitled “Green Cleaning: Exposure Characterization and Adoption Process Among Custodians”, funded by the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health and National Institute of Environmental Health and Safety.
WA State Early Learning Core Competency: Health, Safety, and Nutrition
Who Should Attend: Interested Professionals
This session has a $50 Materials Fee. Materials and Handouts provided.