October is Children’s Environmental Health Month

October 2018 – In recognition of Children’s Environmental Health Month, we will be featuring posts on our social media channels using the hashtag #ProtectKidsHealth. Look for information about the research, background information and actions people can take to help reduce environmental exposures to improve children’s health. Repost, retweet, and share posts from our center on topics you, your family members, and your community are interested in and want to raise awareness about. Look for posts in Spanish and English!

To stay engaged, follow USC Environmental Health Centers on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram.

October 11 is Children’s Environmental Health Day! In celebration of this day, the Children’s Environmental Health Network has organized an extensive social media campaign. Learn more about it here.

Graphic: Children’s Environmental Health Network, www.cehn.org


NEW RESEARCH featured on NPR radio show: Science Friday

On Friday, September 28, NPR national radio show Science Daily, featured Dr. Carrie Breton talking about the recent research study that she and her team had published in JAMA Network Open. See link below to read more about the research.

Click here to listen to the 12 minute radio spot with Dr. Breton’s interview.

NEW RESEARCH: Air pollution affects thyroid development in fetuses

NEW VIDEO: Building environmental health literacy in urban communities

The  Community Engagement Core of the MADRES Environmental Health Disparities Center is pleased to share a video about our work to build environmental health literacy around toxins and health impacts found in commonly used household cleaning products with Latina mothers. The popular education workshops, done in partnership with public health interns from CalStateLA, introduce concepts of environmental health and justice rooted in participants lived experience while providing alternative methods for participants to create their own “Do It Yourself” green cleaning products.

Continue reading “NEW VIDEO: Building environmental health literacy in urban communities”

NEW RESEARCH: Air pollution affects thyroid development in fetuses

News Release:
Particle pollution is the culprit, raising concern about health impacts later in life

by Gary Polakovic, USC News, September 17, 2018

Soot and dust in smoggy cities alters thyroid development in fetuses, raising concern about health impacts later in life, new USC research shows.

It means that before a doctor cuts the umbilical cord or a parent hugs a baby, the caress of air pollution already reached the womb’s inner sanctum. The timing couldn’t be worse, as the researchers found that no matter when they checked, thyroid impacts were evident until the final month of gestation.

A USC study found that particulates in air pollution may affect fetal thyroid development. (Photo/Courtesy of the South Coast Air Quality Management District)

This is one of the few studies to monitor air pollution effects on a developing fetus and the first to track pollution changes month by month on thyroid hormones. The newly published research paper appears in JAMA Network Open.

“Air pollution is bad for adults and children and this study shows it may be bad for the fetus too, despite being protected in the womb,” said Carrie Breton, corresponding author of the study and associate professor of preventive medicine at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. “Thyroid function is important for lots of elements of life and tweaking that in utero may have lifelong consequences.” Continue reading “NEW RESEARCH: Air pollution affects thyroid development in fetuses”

Youth from across Los Angeles gather for LA Youth for Environmental Justice Forum

On Saturday June 30th 2018, USC Environmental Health Centers, Community Engagement Program on Health and Environment, hosted the Los Angeles Youth for Environmental Justice (#LAYouth4EJ) Forum to highlight and center the work of youth in the forefront of the environmental justice movement. The forum celebrated young people who are visioning and organizing for safe, healthy and just communities where we can all play, study, live and thrive!

Presenters at the #LAYouth4EJ Forum 2018

The forum brought together over thirty-five youth organizers from six different neighborhoods addressing Los Angeles most pressing environmental health issues.

Participants came from South Central Los Angeles, Alhambra, South East LA and the Harbor area, where they are organizing to protect the health and safety of their communities on the frontlines of the dangers of exposure to environmental hazards. Continue reading “Youth from across Los Angeles gather for LA Youth for Environmental Justice Forum”

A Day in the Life program showcases youth stories and air pollution monitoring

“A Day in the Life” is a community-based media project that brings visibility to the stories of youth of color living and organizing in four Los Angeles communities that experience a variety of environmental & pollution impacts. Participants used multimedia to document what they see and experience during the course of their day while monitoring air pollution in each of their respective communities.

Youth In Action members of Communities for a Better Environment do an air monitoring activity on Pacific Ave. in Huntington Park, CA.

Launched in the summer of 2017, “A Day in the Life” was developed as part of a collaboration with USC and with community-based organizations with youth memberships. With a goal to increase environmental health literacy, collect community owned data, and promote awareness about exposures to pollution at the neighborhood level in environmental justice, youth participated in a series of workshops. In these workshops participants learned about air pollution, particulate matter <2.5 µg/m, sources of pollution and the impacts on health. Participants were trained to use AirBeams, low-cost portable air monitoring devices, to record the air pollution along their daily routes of travel from their homes to school and around their communities. In collaboration with Sandy Navarro of LA Grit Media, students also participated in a Storytelling for Social Change workshop, where they learned the skills needed to capture and craft a story, such as story boarding, framing shots, and becoming familiar with photo and video editing tools. Continue reading “A Day in the Life program showcases youth stories and air pollution monitoring”

Environmental Health Research Pilot Project Grants

The Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center (SCEHSC) is pleased to announce the 2019 Pilot Projects Program, supporting one-year research projects that aim to promote the understanding of environmental exposures and human disease. The goal of the program is to provide investigators with an opportunity to collect preliminary data and/or validate the utility of specific methods or techniques to establish the feasibility of larger-scale research projects and ultimately seek external (especially NIEHS) funding. Individuals with a faculty appointment in any department or school/division at USC, CHLA, UCLA, or Caltech are eligible to apply.

The SCEHSC is seeking investigator-initiated applications from all environmental health research areas. Topics of special interest include:

New Approaches for Exposure Assessment
New Approaches for Environmental Disaster Response Research
Climate Change, Adaptation, and Environmental Health
Environment, Neurodevelopment, and Neurological Diseases
Environmental Contributions to Obesity and Metabolic Dysfunction
Application of Metabolomics to Environmental Health Research
Complex Mixtures in Environmental Health
Human Microbiome and the Environment

Letter of Intent & Specific Aims
Prospective applicants will submit a one-page Letter of Intent (LOI) along with one page of final Specific Aims (SA). The LOI will include the project title, a brief summary of project objectives, and identification of the key participating investigators. All proposed projects should have a clear and identifiable environmental health emphasis. Please e-mail Letters of Intent and Specific Aims to Remy Landon, rlandon@usc.edu, by August 27, 2018 at 5:00pm.

Full Proposal
Successful LOI applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal for up to $50,000 of funding. Instructions for full proposal submission can be found on the SCEHSC website (scehsc.usc.edu) under the Pilot Projects tab. Please email full applications as one PDF file to Remy Landon, rlandon@usc.edu, by September 18, 2018 at 5:00pm.

Deadlines and Notification Schedule
August 27, 2018 at 5 PM: Letter of Intent and Specific Aims Due
September 4, 2018: Invitations to Submit Full Application Sent
September 18, 2018 at 5 PM: Full Applications Due
December 2018: Award Notifications Sent
April 1, 2019: Award Start Date