Today, we are all susceptible to a host of environmental toxins from the water we drink, the air we breathe, foods we eat, and even our own homes. As a parent, you want to do everything you can do to protect your children. The resources listed below can provide information you need to help keep your children safe.
Outreach and Partnerships
Public involvement is key to protecting human health and the environment. Citizens and communities need to have information and tools that enable them to take steps toward protecting their children from environmental health threats. Organizations, industry and government entities at all levels also need information to help them take child-protective actions. Providing basic information is a key focus of OCHP.
OCHP efforts to build community capacity in children's environmental health protection include:
- Providing information and tools to the public;
- Supporting community actions to protect children;
- Increasing the ability of health care providers to identify, prevent, and reduce environmental health threats to children;
- Engaging youth in children's environmental health protection; and
- Working with states to develop programs to address children's environmental health issues.
Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSUs).
As part of its ongoing cooperative agreements with the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), AOEC has formed a project establishing Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units. The PEHSUs include the collaboration between the pediatric clinic and the AOEC occupational and environmental clinic at each site. The PEHSU's have been developed to provide education and consultation for health professionals, public health professionals and others about the topic of children's environmental health. AOEC coordinates the activities for all of the PEHSUs. Primary funding for the PEHSUs comes from the ATSDR and EPA. Some of the Children’s Environmental Health Centers have associated Pediatric Specialty Units. When available, these are noted on the specific Centers summary page or related links. In addition there are numerous Pediatric Units that function independently from any Center.
The National Children’s Study (NCS).
In contrast to the EPA/NIEHS Children’s Centers, which focus on specific environmental exposures, populations and geographic regions, the NCS Study will be national in scope and include 100,000 children and families from different areas of the country, from varied backgrounds, and of different family types, to allow investigation of issues relevant to the diverse U.S. population. The children enrolled in the NCS will be studied from before birth through age 21. The National Children’s Study will address multiple questions on multiple issues, to provide as much information as possible on health and development. This study is led by a consortium of federal agency partners: the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) (including the and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences [NIEHS], two parts of the National Institutes of Health, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC]) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).