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EPA's Region 6 Office

Serving: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and 66 Tribal Nations

Children's Environmental Health

Protecting children from environmental risks is fundamental to EPA’s mission and the special vulnerability of children is considered in all Agency actions.

Children are Different. They may be more vulnerable to environmental exposures than adults because:
  • Their bodily systems are still developing

  • They eat more, drink more, and breathe more in proportion to their body size

  • Their behavior can expose them more to chemicals and organisms

Three Children


Please visit EPA’s national  Children’s Environmental Health web site to download resources for parents, teachers, child care providers, and health care providers. There is also information on science and research, and on regulations pertaining to children’s health protection.

For regional information, please click on the links below to learn about our recent successes and ongoing partnerships within the five-state south central region.

Region 6 carries out national policy and supports local efforts on a range of voluntary and regulatory actions. We work in partnership with states, tribes, universities, hospitals, and community based organizations. Partners provide medical and public health expertise, training opportunities for those who care for children at home, in schools, child care, or clinical settings. Learn more about some of our partners.
Protecting Children where they live, learn, and play Health and Wellness Alliance for Children Logo
Health and Wellness Alliance for Children (HWAC)
was established by Children's Health hospital and represents a coalition of community-based organizations with a single purpose: improving the health and well-being of children in the Dallas area. EPA has been active on the steering committee and on the Asthma Friendly Environments working group. EPA is working alongside the HWAC to address the President’s Coordinated Federal Action Plan to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Asthma Disparities. There are over 60,000 children with asthma in Dallas county and the Asthma Friendly Environments working group is focusing efforts on training city code inspectors, community prosecutors, and health care professionals in the principles of Healthy Homes.

The Children’s Environmental Health Network, (CEHN) received a grant in 2014 to train-the-trainer on Eco-Healthy Child care in two major Texas cities and to translate materials for child care providers into Spanish.

Children's Environmental Health Institute LogoThe Arkansas Department of Health received a grant in 2014 to train child care providers and to raise awareness in the community about children’s environmental health.
The Children’s Environmental Health Network, (CEHN) received a grant in 2013 to Host a Roundtable discussion on Asthma..  They also hosted a Biennial Scientific Symposium in November 2014. Read more about all of our Region 6 children’s health activities in the Children’s Environmental Health Fourth Annual Program Highlights Report from FY 2014.

Home Environments
School Environments
Childcare Facilities and Playgrounds

Region 6 provides funding specifically for projects in our 5-state region. Funding opportunities vary from year to year. Programs include asthma education, school indoor air quality programs, environmental education, GAP grants, funding for U.S./Mexico border projects and others. Please check http://www.grants.gov/ for funding opportunities throughout the year. If you would like more information about becoming an EPA partner for children's environment health, contact Paula Selzer in EPA's Region 6 office.

Paula Selzer
Coordinator, Asthma and Children's Environmental Health
US EPA, Region 6
1445 Ross Ave., suite 1200, 6PD-T
Dallas , TX 75202-2733
eMail: Selzer.paula@epa.gov
Phone (214) 665-6663

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