Ask the Expert Series: Healthy Mothers Healthy Children
Are you a parent who wonders what effect the environment has on raising healthy children in Douglas County? This national study is working to do research to find the answer to these questions. The study has teamed up with the Douglas County Library to help recruit and educate families on the goals of this study.
Who: National Children’s Study and the Douglas County Libraries Cuddle Up and Read Program
What: We invite Douglas County residents to ask five of the nation’s leading experts their most important questions about the environment we live in and its impact upon pregnancy and healthy babies.
Where: Highlands Ranch Library – 9292 Ridgleline Blvd., Highlands Ranch, CO 80129
When: Saturday, November 5, 2011 10:00 am- 12:00 pm
Our Ask the Expert panel discussion will address issues including maternal health, vaccinations during pregnancy, childhood depression and much more. This event is free to the public. Please contact Nell Ross for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
National Children’s Study in Douglas County CO
Meet the Douglas County National Children’s Study Experts
Dr. Dana Dabelea is the Principal Investigator for the National Children’s Study in Colorado.
Dr. Dabelea is a Professor at the Colorado School of Public Health, and has contributed greatly to the field of diabetes research. Her research interests center on how early life risk factors influence the development of childhood obesity and diabetes. She hopes to better understand the complex causes of pediatric diabetes, with the goal of reducing, delaying and preventing its occurrence and burden.
Dr. Barbra Fisher is a senior Maternal‐Fetal Medicine fellow.
She has worked under the mentorship of the renowned expert in infections in pregnancy, Dr. Ronald Gibbs, and has studied infections in pregnancy. She has been interested in understanding influenza illness and vaccination during pregnancy. She hopes to improve influenza vaccination rates during pregnancy. In addition, she is the obstetric liaison to CHIP, the Children’s Hospital Immunodeficiency Program, caring for pregnant women infected with HIV.
Dr. Richard Boles is a pediatric psychologist with specialization in child behavior and nutrition.
His overall program of study examines environmental influences on early childhood weight development. Building on a foundation of cognitive-behavioral clinical training, guided by evidence-based treatments, Dr. Boles has sought to understand how modifiable environmental factors, including the arrangement of Media Advisory the physical environment and parental feeding behaviors, impact child and parent behaviors related to healthy growth and development.
Meet the Moderator Cheryl Preheim
Cheryl Preheim is the moderator for the first Ask the Experts Series event. Cheryl joined the 9NEWS team 13 years ago. She started her career in Journalism at 850 KOA News Radio as a producer, writer and reporter. Now, Cheryl anchors 9NEWS at 5 and 9, and 10pm news on Saturday and Sunday. Cheryl has been awarded 2 National Edward R. Murrow Awards and 7 Emmys.
Additional Information: About The National Children’s Study The National Children’s Study, funded by the National Institutes on Health (NIH), is the largest long-term examination of environmental and genetic effects on children’s health ever conducted in the U.S. Officials expect that the study will yield valuable health information throughout its 25-year span. Nationally, the Study plans to enroll 100,000 children from 105 sites across the country. The Study is being conducted locally through a partnership between the Colorado School of Public Health, University of Colorado School of Medicine, and Battelle Memorial Institute.
News Coverage already received by this historic study on the environment and children’s health.
- Denver Post: “Douglas County to be part of genetic, environmental study on people from the womb to adulthood”
- Lone Tree Voice: “Colorado School of Public Health Begins Recruitment for National Children’s Study in Douglas County”
- Highlands Ranch Herald: “Infants wanted for health study”
- 9News: “Women sought to participate in long-term children’s health study”
- APA.org: “Long Term Study Will Focus on Children’s Genetic, Environmental Influences”