In recognition of Children’s Health Month, the Environmental Protection Agency is taking a closer look at children's health issues and how they may be affected by the environmental health of their communities. The agency's Region 7 office — covering Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and nine Tribal Nations — will hold a forum on children's health disparities tomorrow at its Kansas City, Kansas office. If you can attend, this is a great time to listen to speakers discuss the environmental issues that affect our children.  It's also a great time to have your voice heard.


The forum will focus on the relationship between children’s health and environmental contamination and protection issues, environmental justice, and the disparities in health between minority children and non-minority children as it relates to the environment. Scheduled speakers include Dr. Jennifer Lowry with Children’s Mercy Hospital and the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit; Hilda Fuentes, CEO of Samuel U. Rogers Health Center; and Melissa Robinson, president/CEO of Black Health Care Coalition. Each speaker will be available for questions after the presentations.


Here are the details on the event:


What: Children’s Health Disparities Forum

When: From 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., Oct. 27, 2011.

Where: EPA Regional Office, Room 2240, 901 N. 5th Street, Kansas City, Kan., 66101


If you get a chance to attend, please let me know in the comments. I would love to hear more and to learn if similar events will be held at any of the other regional EPA locations.

EPA to host forum on children's health disparities
Midwest EPA office to host forum discussing environmental justice and children's health issues.