A network of experts in reproductive and children’s environmental health

PEHSU Grand Rounds Webinar

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.

Radiation Readiness - March 20, 2019 - 1:00 pm ET

These presentations focus on the impact of environmental exposures to chemicals on human health at the vulnerable stages of in utero and pediatric development. 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.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this module, participants should be able to:
  • Outline the three types of medical countermeasures
  • Describe the three key initial shelter and evacuation messages
  • Provide resources to support radiation readiness
  • Identify best practices for decontamination
  • List potential routes of exposure

Presented by:

Laura Anderko, PhD, RN
Director, Mid-Atlantic Center for Children's Health and the Environment
Georgetown University 
Region 3 PEHSU
Dr Laura Anderko is a scholar and educator in the fields of public health and environmental health. She has studied the health impacts of a wide range of environmental exposures on health such as air quality and asthma in children through epidemiological and community-based methods of inquiry. Dr Anderko has served on a wide range of boards and committees such as the Environmental Protection Agency’s Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee, Drinking Water Advisory Committee, and the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council. In 2013 she was recognized by the White House as a Champion of Change for her Advocacy efforts in Climate Change and Public Health.
Jennifer Buzzell, MS
Physical Scientist, Radiation Studies Section
Emergency Management, Radiation and Chemical Branch, CDC
Jennifer Buzzell holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a master’s degree in Health Physics. For the last 10 years Ms Buzzell has worked as a Health Physicist for the Radiation Studies Branch. Prior to that she spent 8 years in the Inorganic and Radiation Analytical Toxicology Laboratory at the CDC where she was primarily responsible for developing methods to analyze human urine for multiple radioisotopes to improve public health’s response to radiation emergencies. Over the last decade she has developed training materials for initial responders to diminish fear, myeloid cytokine distribution plans, dose analysis software for the public, and tested public health risk communication messages. In addition, she has authored portions of the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI)/CDC Radiological/Nuclear Law Enforcement and Public Health Investigation Handbook. In 2011, Ms Buzzell was the Scientific Section Response Chief for CDC in response to the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. She effectively coordinated the radiation scientific response including issuing public messaging, interpreting data and dose results from Japan and coordinating the multi-agency federal effort to screen incoming travelers from Japan for radiation. She has been the project manager for the National Alliance for Radiation Readiness (NARR) cooperative agreement since 2014. The NARR is a coalition of 19 public health, healthcare, and emergency management organizations which represent practitioners in the field of radiation readiness including state and local public health practitioners, elected officials at the state and local level, and first responder and first receiver groups. Representatives of 10 federal agencies participate as liaison members.
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This material was supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and funded (in part) by the cooperative agreement FAIN:5 NU61TS000237-05 along with the American College of Medical Toxicology and funded (in part) by the cooperative agreement FAIN: U61TS000238 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-75-95877701-05. Neither EPA nor ATSDR endorse the purchase of any commercial products or services mentioned in PEHSU publications.