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Effects of Wildfire Smoke on Children’s Health- May 27, 2020 at 1:00 pm Eastern Time.

This webinar is part of an ongoing series of educational presentations by experts on issues that focus on current and emerging aspects of pediatric and reproductive environmental health. A number of topics will be included – all of them relevant to questions of exposure and health effects, with consideration of risk reduction. Speakers will include physicians and PhD subject matter experts, as well as individuals with expertise in areas such as home assessment, laboratory analysis, and risk communication.

Title:    Effects of Wildfire Smoke on Children’s Health

Date:   Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Time:    1:00 pm ET/

              12:00 pm CT/

              11:00 am MT/

              10:00 am PT

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This webinar will include information on the well-documented health effects of wildfire smoke in children, mitigation strategies for prevention, and school decision-making issues regarding wildfire smoke exposure.

 Learning Objectives:

  1. Name at least one type of health effect of wildfire smoke that has been well-documented in children.
  2. Name at least one potential mitigation strategy for prevention of wildfire smoke health effects in children.
  3. Discuss issues involved in school decision-making regarding wildfire smoke exposure.

Moderated by:


Scott Needle, MD, FAAP, is the Chief Medical Officer at Elica Health Centers in El Dorado Hills, California. He is a practicing community pediatrician who has been practicing for more than 20 years. Dr Needle received his MD degree from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and completed his pediatric internship and residency at the Tufts Medical Center in Boston. Dr Needle is a member of the AAP Council on Children and Disasters executive committee.

 Presented by:

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Dr Stephanie Holm, MD, MPH is board-certified in both pediatrics and occupational and environmental medicine (trained at Children’s Hospital and Research Center Oakland and University of California San Francisco, respectively). She completed a year of pediatric pulmonary training at Oakland before leaving to further pursue her interests in pediatric research and pediatric environmental medicine. She was the Principal Investigator on Tobacco in the Home Environment and Air Quality Undermining Asthma (THE AQUA) study, a dual cohort study of asthmatic children with and without cigarette exposure, which measured particulate matter levels in children’s home environments in order to correlate these with features and behaviors of the household and its occupants. As part of her work with the Western States PEHSU, she reviewed literature relevant to disinfectant use and toxicities in early care and education environments. Dr Holm completed a Master of Public Health in epidemiology at University of California, Berkeley in 2017 and is currently pursuing a doctorate in epidemiology while continuing her research activities.

Continuing Education Information Forthcoming 


Disclaimer & Acknowledgement:

This material was supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and funded (in part) by the cooperative agreement award number 1 NU61TS000296-01-00 from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).

Acknowledgement: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supports the PEHSU by providing partial funding to ATSDR under Inter-Agency Agreement number DW-75-95877701. Neither EPA nor ATSDR endorse the purchase of any commercial products or services mentioned in PEHSU publications