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In this episode Alan Woolf, MD, MPH, FAAP, FACCT, FACMT, explains the negative health effects of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. Hosts David Hill, MD, FAAP, and Joanna Parga-Belinkie, MD, FAAP, also speak with Lilian Bravo, PhD, RN, about her research on Positive Childhood Experiences and whether they mitigate suicidal ideation in children whose parents are involved in the legal system. 



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Dr. Alan Woolf is the Associate Chief Medical Education Officer at Boston Children’s Hospital and a Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. He is Medical Director of the Pediatric Environmental Health Center at Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) and also the Director of the Pediatric Environmental Health Fellowship Training Program. He is the Principal Investigator of the Region 1 New England Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit and a member of the Executive Committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Council on Environmental Health & Climate Change. Dr. Woolf is a past-president of both the American Academy of Clinical Toxicology and the American Association of Poison Control Centers. 

Lilian Bravo, PhD, RN


Lilian Bravo, PhD, RN, is currently a second-year fellow with the National Clinician Scholars Program (NCSP) at UCLA’s School of Medicine. Prior to NCSP, Dr. Bravo received her Bachelor of Science and PhD in Nursing from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her program of research focuses on (1) identifying culturally- and contextually congruent risk and protective mechanisms in the development of self-injurious thoughts and behaviors and (2) developing youth-informed solutions to improving mental health support access for ethno-racially minoritized youth and young adults.  


Conflict of Interest Disclosure:

The interviewees have no conflicts of interest to disclose

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*The views expressed in this podcast are those of the guests and not necessarily those of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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