Choosing Safe Places for Early Care and Education
This session will provide understanding of the importance of supporting and nurturing young children, including safety issues, prevention, and intervention, by defining, in Idaho, locations for early childhood education that are safe and secure. This presentation will help participants understand the deficits in this area, and how they can help to combat the issues with pilot projects aimed at safety and security in Idaho's early childcare and education settings.
Colby Adams, Ph.D. is the Environmental Health Director at the Idaho Division of Public Health in Boise, Idaho. He joined the Division in 2017 with over 23 years of experience developing and managing environmental, safety, and occupational health programs. He manages Idaho’s Choose Safe Places grant funded by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry. Colby earned an M.S. and a Ph.D. in real-Environmental Health from Colorado State University. His doctoral research combined time personal aerosol sampling with global positioning technology to research exposures to fine particulate matter and related health effects within a cohort of asthmatic children in Denver, Colorado.
Morgan Willming, Ph.D. is the Toxicologist within the Idaho Division of Public Health in Boise, Idaho. Her work is focused on understanding environmental exposures and determining health risks of contaminants to people in Idaho. Before moving to Idaho in 2017, Dr. Willming was a postdoctoral fellow at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Gulf Ecology division in Pensacola, Florida. Morgan completed her doctorate in Environmental Toxicology at Texas Tech University with a research emphasis on pesticide toxicity in aquatic environments.
Lindsey DeBoer, MPH is a Health Education Specialist, Sr. for the Idaho Division of Public Health in Boise, Idaho. Prior to joining the Division in 2018, Lindsey served as a high school biology teacher for eight years. She earned her MPH, with a concentration in Health Behavior Health Promotion from the University of Arizona's Mel & Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. Lindsey's internship involved planning, implementing, and evaluating a culturally appropriate public health themed summer camp curriculum for refugee youth in Tucson, Arizona.