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A pediatric clinic in Puerto Rico where Ashrap and colleagues recruit study participants.

SPOTLIGHT

Pregnancy in Puerto Rico: Protecting the Health of Women and Children by Reducing Metal Exposures

Pahriya Ashrap

During gestation, the human body grows at tremendous speeds, and even slight changes to a child’s biology during this sensitive time can dramatically alter health outcomes. Recent studies in Puerto Rico and elsewhere provide further support for the need to address even low levels of lead exposure for all pregnant women. Read more

An imprisoned person grips a chain-link fence

Mental Health, Incarceration, and COVID-19

Chanese A. Forte

In the US, ten times more people with mental health disorders are in jail or prison than in mental health facilities. The coronavirus pandemic further complicates this matter, putting incarcerated individuals at increased risk of infection. Read more

Family and friends washing a dog

A Family Perspective Approach on Pediatric IBD for Public Health Professionals

Kaitlyn Rau

For young children with pediatric inflammatory bowel disease, family and adult caregivers can make all the difference. Public health professionals working with pediatric IBD can employ a family perspective approach to support improved quality of life for children and their families. Read more

Micrograph of the epidermis and dermis of human finger skin.

The Worst Disease You've Never Heard Of: Caring for Children with Epidermolysis Bullosa

Bailey Brown, BS ’20

Children with epidermolysis bullosa are often called butterfly children—their skin seems to be as fragile as a butterfly’s wing. While there is no cure for EB, ongoing clinical trials have developed treatments to manage symptoms. Public health clinicians can help patients and their families build support networks by connecting them to local support groups and other families caring for children with EB. Read more