Today we’d like to introduce you to Ellie Goldberg.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Ellie. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
When I was a young child in the early 1950s, my family vacationed in Canada on the shore of Lake Erie. I remember being given the chore of burying the dead fish that had washed up on the beach before everyone came down for their morning swim. I knew something was terribly wrong but didn’t understand until I was about 15 when I read Rachel Carson’s book, Silent Spring.
Carson’s message was that our health is intimately connected to the health of our environment. Her ethics and values, as well as her personal courage, inspired me to become an advocate for public health, human rights, and community sustainability. My motto is “Show UP, Stand UP, Speak UP, Team UP”
First as a classroom teacher who “morphed into” a curriculum writer and textbook author, then as a health educator for the Massachusetts Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, and as the parent of a child with asthma and allergies, Goldberg realized many years ago that a school is not necessarily a safe place for children. “I learned that most people tend to take school safety for granted. Even when everyone is talking about a problem, people tend to just put up with it. My project is designed to inspire and educate, to break the silence about school hazards, and to make conversations about safety a part of school culture.”
About Ellie: http://www.healthy-kids.info/aboutellie.html Also see: Chemicals in Schools: Battling for Awareness, by Ellen Glazer, for Newton Magazine, March 2006 http://www.healthy-kids.info/chemicalsinschools.html …
Has it been a smooth road?
The challenge to success as an advocate is the institutionalized status quo that is slow to change in the public as well as private sector.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Healthy-Kids.info – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I created HEALTHY-KIDS.INFO for students who require some extra thought and planning to attend school safely and successfully. I offer comprehensive coordinated care and educational planning for students with chronic health conditions. For example, Arthritis – Asthma – Cancer – Chronic Fatigue – Diabetes – Epilepsy – Food Allergies – Severe Injuries – Prolonged Illness – Severe Headaches – Sickle Cell – Scoliosis – Trauma.
I promote collaboration among schools, families, health professionals, businesses, organizations, and policymakers. I have loaded my website with more than thirty years of publications and resources so that I can devote most of my time now to environmental advocacy at the local, state and national level. I regularly give testimony at lobby days and legislative hearings.
For example Massachusetts Commonwealth Conversations, 3/2/15: “… we have the right to know but even more, we have the right to be safe.” (http://www.healthy-kids.info/testimony3215.html) And I created “Lessons of the 1937 Texas School Explosion,” a campaign to inspire leadership to protect children from chemical hazards and unhealthy school conditions. I enjoy giving presentations and workshops to promote the values and technical skills for living safely with 21st-century chemicals and technology.
What has been the proudest moment of your career so far?
I am very proud of the 2013 video, BIG BUILDINGS, BIG MACHINES, BIG STORIES (http://vimeo.com/67590218)
“The Metropolitan Waterworks is a prime example of magnificent public works project – clean water for the people of Boston. Today, the Waterworks Museum captures a time when leadership and craftsmanship achieved exquisite beauty in form and function in service to public health. Its stunning cathedral-like Great Engines Hall instills a sense of amazement and gratitude to the architects, engineers, and scientists whose values and standards show a pride of purpose and pride of place – so often absent in managing our public infrastructure today. I hope the film BIG BUILDINGS, BIG MACHINES, BIG STORIES will excite interest in the Museum and start conversations about our government’s role in both safeguarding the public health and enriching the quality and sustainability of our communities.” Director’s Statement — Ellie Goldberg.