The 15th Annual Child Health Advocate Awards will be broadcast during CEH Day Live 1:00-2:30 pm ET on October 8.
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2020 Child Health Advocate Awardees
LaTricea Adams is a proud native of Memphis, Tennessee and is the Founder CEO & President of Black Millennials 4 Flint (BM4F). Founded by members of Thursday Network Greater Washington Urban League Young Professionals on February 10, 2016, BM4F is a grassroots, environmental justice and civil rights organization with the purpose of bringing like minded organizations together to collectively take action and advocate against the crisis of lead exposure specifically in African American & Latino communities throughout the nation. LaTricea is the immediate past President for the Memphis Urban League Young Professionals and Thursday Network— Greater Washington Urban League where under her leadership, the chapter was recognized as the 2017 Maudine Cooper Eastern Region Chapter of Excellence as well as the 2017 Affiliate Service Award with leading a chapter that committed nearly 18,000 service hours. She is also a former member of the Board of Directors for the Memphis Urban
League. LaTricea was recognized as the 2015 Greater Washington Urban League Volunteer of the Year and National Urban League Young Professionals YP Distinguished Member in 2016, President’s Distinguished President in 2017 and NULYP Honors Award Recipient 2019. LaTricea also received the inaugural Memphis Urban League "MULYP Rockstar Award" named in her honor in 2018. LaTricea currently holds the position of Director, Organizational Quality for Shelby County Schools Office of Charter Schools in Memphis, TN. LaTricea is also a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and a terminal doctoral student at the esteemed HBCU Tennessee State University.
LaTricea was recognized as the Women’s Information Network (WIN) Young Women of Achievement Award recipient for Service Beyond Measure. She was noted as the Young Education Professionals of DC’s Volunteer of the Year for 2017. LaTricea was also featured in the Women’s History Month 2016 Spotlight for Brightest Young Things (BYT). She served as a featured speaker at the highly acclaimed BroccoliCon 2018 at the Google Headquarters in Washington, DC alongside actress Amanda Seales and actor Laz Alonso. She was also the recipient of the 2018 "Unbossed and Unapologetic Visionary" Award at the Inaugural Black Millennial Political Convention. LaTricea also founded the first Lead Prevention Commission in the State of Tennessee's history in 2019. She was also featured on BET’s docuseries “Finding Justice” focusing on her work in Baltimore specifically surrounding lead paint issues in housing.
LaTricea’s notable accomplishments reflects her passion to be “supreme in service to all mankind.”
For 20 years, Janice was a national leading voice for healthy air for the American Lung Association. In this role, she supervised the development of policy positions on indoor and outdoor air quality for the organization. She was a nationally recognized authority on air pollution and a sought-after expert by news outlets such as the Associated Press, ABC, CBS, NBC, Bloomberg, Forbes, CNN, NPR and others.
Janice represented the Lung Association with its many partners, including other public health and environmental organizations in addition to federal agencies, on policy and regulatory issues. Janice was the driving force behind the 21-year history of the Lung Association’s signature “State of the Air” report, which has drawn significant public attention to air pollution control challenges and successes across the country, as well as the growing threat of climate change.
She also directed the Lung Association’s actions in air quality regulatory advocacy and litigation. Her work in this area resulted in the strengthening of the national air quality standards for ozone and particle pollution. She led the National Radon Action Plan Leadership Council that developed the U.S. National Radon Action Plan to reduce radon risk in five million homes. She formerly served on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Air Act Advisory Committee.
Janice’s contributions to clean air and lung health are wide-ranging and span decades. She served as a member of the American Thoracic Society’s Environmental Health Committee. In April 2020, the California Air Resources Board honored Janice with the 2019 Haagen-Smit Clean Air award, known as the “Nobel Prize” of air pollution and climate science achievements. She was honored in the category of Education. In 2016, she was recognized with the American Lung Association’s highest staff honor, the Hoyt E. Dearholt Distinguished Professional Service Award, for her outstanding contributions to lung health.
Prior to coming to Washington in 2001, Janice directed programs for the American Lung Association of Tennessee. There, she led the organization's air quality, asthma and tobacco control programs and policy implementation at the state and local levels. In 2001, the Governor appointed her to the Tennessee Air Pollution Control Board, the state policy and regulatory agency for air issues.
Before joining the American Lung Association, Janice spent ten years working with a regional council of governments in Tennessee on community and economic development and alternative transportation. She also served with the Environmental Planning Division of the Tennessee Department of Transportation. She held a Master of Arts degree from Middle Tennessee State University.
Dr. Mona Sarfaty
Dr. Mona Sarfaty is the Director and Founder of the Medical Society Consortium on Climate and Health. She is trained in family medicine and public health and has engaged in teaching, research, and advocacy for 40 years. As an academic faculty member with expertise in primary care, preventive services, and health policy, she has lectured at national & regional venues including hospitals, health plans, professional societies, health departments, and government conferences. In the middle of her career she worked for nearly a decade as a Senior Health Policy Advisor for the U.S. Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee (now H.E.L.P.) where she planned hearings, wrote legislation, negotiated policy, met with constituents, and was a founder of the Foundation for the NIH. Subsequently, she was a founder of the Community Oriented Primary Care Track at the George Washington School of Public Health (now Milken Institute School), Project Access and the Primary Care Coalition of Montgomery County, MD, and the Diabetes Information and Support for Your Health group visit program at Thomas Jefferson University. She is the author of widely circulated guides and publications, including many peer reviewed articles, two book chapters and a public health text on climate change and health published by Jones Bartlett (due October 2020). She started work toward on the Consortium in 2013 by assessing physician experience with the health effects of climate change in cooperation with the George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication. She received her MD from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, her MPH from George Washington University, and her BA from Harvard University.
Dr. Beverly L. Wright environmental justice scholar and advocate, author, civic leader and professor of Sociology, is the founder and executive director of the Deep South Center for Environmental Justice. The Center addresses environmental and health inequities along the Louisiana Mississippi River Chemical Corridor, otherwise known as “Cancer Alley,” an eighty-five-mile stretch along the Mississippi River in the area between Baton Rouge and New Orleans, currently home to 156 petrochemical plants and six refineries. Dr. Wright’s early work through the Center focused on the disproportionate siting of toxic facilities in this region as well as fenceline communities along the Gulf Coast of Louisiana.
Over the course of her career, she has conducted groundbreaking, significant research in environmental justice. A recurring element throughout her work is that it embodies her commitment to the involvement of community leaders and young scholars in the furtherance of the Center’s mission as it inextricably intersects with environmental and climate justice issues.
Dr. Wright has demonstrated through countless initiatives and projects, her sincere commitment to developing community and student leadership. She has developed groundbreaking initiatives connecting HBCU faculty and students with majority serving institutions, Environmental Justice professionals, practitioners and community residents in the equity and advocacy struggles facing these communities daily.
Dr. Wright’s lifelong body of work has often shined a light on the social inequities that precipitate the disproportionality in the way environmental health, climate change and other environmental challenges manifest and are addressed in low-wealth, immigrant and communities of color.
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Sophia Kianni is an 18-year-old climate and environmental activist, specializing in media and strategy. Her passion for environmental advocacy began after she witnessed the devastating effect pollution was having on her parents’ home country, Iran. She is the founder and executive director of Climate Cardinals, an international nonprofit with over 5,500 volunteers translating climate information into more than 100 langauges. She was recently selected to represent the United States as the youngest member on the inaugural United Nations Secretary-General’s Youth Advisory Group on Climate Change. She is also the host of the New Fashion Initative Podcast, interviewing everyone from sustainability leaders at Lush Cosmetics and Mara Hoffman to politicians like Tom Steyer.
Sophia’s activism has been featured in news outlets including Forbes, CNN, The Guardian, CNBC, and even on the front page of The Washington Post. She was previously a fellow with PBS NewsHour and has written for news outlets such as MTV News, BuzzFeed, Teen Vogue, Refinery 29, and Cosmopolitan. Sophia has been publicly commended by the Congressional Committee on the Climate Crisis and the United Nations Foundation for her advocacy. She is an adamant public speaker and has spoken to people around the world from Doha, Qatar to Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Karina Samuel is a junior at North Broward Preparatory School in Coconut Creek, Florida. Karina serves as a financial director of the U.S. Youth Climate Strike, president of Bye Bye Plastic Bags Florida, and a Greenpeace volunteer. She is currently working on taking state-level legislative climate action through the Florida Ban the Bag program, and is helping create grassroots movements across South Florida to mobilize voters prior to the 2020 primaries. Through Bye Bye Plastic Bags, Karina has raised more than 10,000 dollars and has coordinated 30 cleanups in Tampa, Key West, Miami, and Ft. Lauderdale.
Karina is also an ACE climate action fellow in the state of Florida. Florida Fellows push for clean energy locally and statewide, collaborate with partners on advocacy campaigns, turn out youth climate voters, meet with elected officials, deliver public comments at government meetings, speak at rallies and other events, author posts for ACE’s blog, collect petition signatures, use social media to engage friends and family in campaigns, and facilitate workshops at conferences, among other activities.
Karina's commitment to climate justice and plastic mitigation has had a proven track record of success. She is excited to panel at the CEHN conference and hopes to continue her environmental work for many years to come.
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