July 2020 Spotlight

PROTECT CEC Co-Director Carmen Vélez-Vega Appointed to EPA’s Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee

mili headshotDr. Carmen M. Vélez-Vega, co-director of the PROTECT Community Engagement Core, has been appointed to the EPA’s Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee (CHPAC). The CHPAC consists of researchers, academics, healthcare providers, environmentalists, and members of the public who advise EPA on regulations, research initiatives, and communications regarding children’s health. The committee meets two or three times a year to advise the EPA administrator on these issues.

Throughout her career, Dr. Vélez-Vega has been dedicated to children’s health and environmental issues. With PROTECT, CRECE, and ECHO Dr. Vélez-Vega took an active role in advocating and educating community members and healthcare providers about the Zika virus and potential birth defects in 2016. After Hurricanes Irma and Maria struck Puerto Rico in September 2017, Dr. Vélez-Vega spearheaded efforts to provide emergency supplies to community members, particularly to families with young children.

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