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Why Children's Health is Important

Protecting children's health from environmental risks is fundamental to the EPA's mission. There are approximately 6.6 million children in EPA's mid-Atlantic Region (Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia). Although only 23% of the region's population, children are our future.

It's important that children have clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, safe food to eat, and a healthy environment to learn, grow and thrive. Children may be more vulnerable to some environmental risks than adults for several reasons:

Major Environmental Concerns

For children in the mid-Atlantic region:

Mid-Atlantic Center for Children's Health and the Environment

The Mid-Atlantic Center for Children's Health and the Environment or MACCHE - Exit EPA Disclaimer is a Pediatric Health Specialty Unit Exit EPA Disclaimer for the mid-Atlantic region. It is funded through a cooperative agreement with the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry and EPA.

The MACCHE serves as a resource to health care providers and the public on children's environmental health issues. The main activities are:


The MACCHE responds to telephone calls from parents, health professionals, school personnel and others. The MACCHE also provides clinical consultation and evaluation of children with health problems that may be related to their environment, as needed, in the children's environmental health clinic located at the Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC Exit EPA Disclaimer. The MACCHE also provides referrals to local pediatricians and occupational and environmental medicine physicians.

Education and Outreach

To increase the knowledge and awareness of children's environmental health issues among pediatricians and other health care professionals, the physicians and environmental health experts at the MACCHE speak at hospitals, conferences, schools and other public settings.

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Mid-Atlantic Region || Mid-Atlantic Env'l Assessment & Innovation || Mid-Atlantic Children's Health

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