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Roseville doctor earns Environmental Protection Agency recognition

Jeanne Conry honored in Children’s Environmental Health category
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Dr. Jeanne Conry, assistant physician-in-chief at Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center, recently earned recognition for her commitment to children's environmental health.

The Environmental Protection Agency named 12 eco-friendly heroes in the Pacific Southwest who have made significant contributions to protecting public health or the environment. This is the first time Conry, an obstetrician, has won the award.

"I'm just putting my toe in the water in understanding environmental toxins and reproductive health, and it's a huge acknowledgement," Conry said.

The Granite Bay resident will become president of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists in May 2013 for a one-year term. She has been heavily involved at the organization's state level for the past 16 years. She has worked for Kaiser for about 23 years.

Conry has been advocating for increased awareness and research into how environmental factors before a woman conceives affect the health of the mother and baby.

Doctors are already familiar with how obesity and diabetes in pregnant women may impact the baby, but now science is beginning to consider toxins in the environment, Conry said.

"Fifty percent of pregnancies are surprises," she said. "So the most important thing is for women to be healthy. The over-riding message is that if the woman is healthy then you have a healthier pregnancy."

Conry was nominated by Dr. Tracey Woodruff, director of the Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment at the University of California, San Francisco.

Winners of the EPA awards also included businesses, American Indian tribes, government officials, community activities, media and environmental organizations from California, Arizona, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada and tribal lands.

~ Sena Christian