Tuesday, March 4 | 10:55 AM - 12:10 PM
Living in poverty and living in areas of concentrated poverty pose multiple risks for child development and for overall health and well-being.
Poverty is a major risk factor for several mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders, as well as for other developmental challenges and physical health problems.
In addition, social disparities in women's health conditions may help shape the likelihood of behavior problems in the subsequent generation. Improved public health programs and services for disadvantaged women across the life course may not only address their own urgent health needs, but reduce social disparities in the health and well-being of their children.
The poverty rate for children in the US is higher than any other age group. Many children in America are members of the 5 H Club. They are hungry, homeless, hug-less, hopeless and without health. Environmental and cultural factors can contribute to health and health behaviors. The impact of poverty on the psychological development of children and adolescents and the pathways through which poverty operates will be examined. Preventive, clinical and community skills must be brought together to develop creative solutions to diminish the impact of poverty on the health of children.
Kiti Freier-Randall, PhD
School of Medicine, Loma Linda University
"Drug Endangered Children: Risk & Resiliency" | ABSTRACT
Dr. Kiti Freier-Randall is a Pediatric Neurodevelopmental Psychologist with an extensive background working with high-risk infant and youth populations for over 20 years. As a consultant for Children's Network and First Five San Bernardino, She works with the San Bernardino County SART centers, Desert Mountain SELPA and San Bernardino County Preschools in California. She holds an academic appointment in the Departments of Pediatrics and Public Health at Loma Linda University & Children's Hospital in California and at Andrews University in Michigan.
Dr. Freier-Randall obtained her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science. She completed an internship and fellowship in High Risk Pediatrics at Henry Ford Hospital and Northwestern University. She has had a considerable academic career with professorship positions at the University of Miami, Brown University, Andrews University and Loma Linda University. She has been an investigator on several NIH, Federal, State, and Private Foundation grants.
Daniel Handysides, DrPH, CHES, CHG
Assistant Professor, School of Public Health, Loma Linda University
"Mediating Effects of Positive Community on Homeless Youth High Risk Behaviors" | ABSTRACT
Dr. Daniel Handysides is a fourth generation Adventist who was born to missionary parents in Lesotho, Southern Africa. He moved to Toronto, Canada at age 7 and completed high school there. He attended Andrews University obtaining a BS in Zoology. It was at Andrews that he met his beautiful wife, Sandra. After Andrews University, Daniel spent 12 months living and working with the Miskito Indians in the rainforests of northeastern Nicaragua. Returning to the U.S.A., he completed both an MPH in Environmental Public Health, and a DrPH in Health Education at Loma Linda University. Currently he is holding dual appointments at both LLU-SPH and the United Arab Emirates University: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. At both universities he holds an assistant professor appointment. He has a passion for helping the under served and disadvantaged.
Gary Hopkins, MD, DrPH
Director, Center for Prevention Research, Andrews University
"The Powerful Value of Performing Community Service to Those Who Serve Others" | ABSTRACT
Gary L. Hopkins, MD, DrPH, MPH is currently an associate research professor at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan where he is also associate director of the Institute for Prevention of Addictions, Director of the Center for Prevention Research and Director of the Center for Media Impact Research. He is also on the faculty of the School of Public Health at Loma Linda University. Gary holds doctorates both in Medicine and Public Health and a Master of Public Health Degree with an emphasis in International Health. He has extensive experience in international research. His current research includes a study designed to measure the impact of the Internet on families in the Pacific Northwest and also how drugs are impacting the lives of youth in North Idaho with an emphasis on methamphetamine use. Gary presented his research findings in approximately 65 countries where he works with communities and governmental agencies to design effective programs to prevent high-risk behaviors among adolescents.