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Pacific Southwest, Region 9

Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, Tribal Nations

Children's Environmental Health

Where Children Live, Learn and Play
Children's Health Topics
Potential Environmental Hazards
Regional Information

Regional Children's Environmental Health Contacts:

Jorine Campopiano

Jacquelyn Hayes
(415) 972-3259

Questions about Lead?

Marjorie Xavier
(415) 947-4164

Questions about Indoor Air Quality & Asthma?

Monique Nivolon
(415) 947-4195

Healthy Environment, Healthy Kids

About Children’s Environmental Health

Children are often more heavily exposed to toxics in the environment. Pound for pound, children breathe more air, drink more water, and eat more food than adults. Their behavior patterns, such as playing close to the ground and hand-to-mouth activity, increase their exposure to potential toxics. In addition, they may be more vulnerable to environmental hazards because their systems are still developing, often making them less able than adults to metabolize, detoxify, and excrete toxics. Environmental risks to children include asthma-exacerbating air pollution, lead-based paint in older homes, treatment-resistant microbes in drinking water, and persistent chemicals that may cause cancer or induce reproductive or developmental changes. Learn More.

EPA Funding for Children's Health Training in the San Joaquin Valley and the U.S. Mexico Border

Outside of the home, children spend a significant amount of time in schools and/or childcare centers, which is why the Children's Environmental Health Program is committed to working with local partners to reduce or eliminate exposures in these settings through outreach, technical assistance, and training. Over the past year, the Children's Environmental Health Program used discretionary funds to support a special project with the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units of the University of California to provide healthy childcare and school environments training in two Region 9 geographic focus areas – the San Joaquin Valley and U.S.-Mexico Border Region. Both of these areas have significant environmental justice concerns and grapple with some of the poorest air quality in the country. Providing training directly to those who work in and have control to change aspects of child-occupied environments can help make positive changes on-the-ground to protect children's health.

More than 200 people attended training sessions offered in Fresno and Imperial counties that focused on addressing environmental challenges in school and childcare environments. Participants, who included school nurses, childcare providers, health promoters, and others, learned about how environmental factors can impact child development, what environmental hazards may be present in schools, childcare centers, and homes, and what steps can be taken to prevent, eliminate, or reduce these hazards. Training topics also included outdoor and indoor air quality, asthma, lead, mercury, pesticides and integrated pest management, and green cleaning and sanitizing.

The training sessions were presented by the University of California San Francisco Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit, the UC Irvine Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit, and the UC Berkeley Center for Environmental Research and Children's Health. Local organizations in both Imperial County (Comité Cívico del Valle and Clínicas de Salud del Pueblo) and Fresno County (Central Valley Children's Services Network, First 5 Fresno, and the UC Berkeley Children's Health & Air Pollution Study-San Joaquin Valley) provided information about their services and activities in the local area.

For more information about creating and maintaining healthy school and childcare environments, please see EPA’s Healthy School Environments and Healthy Childcare webpages.

Children’s Environmental Health in the Pacific Southwest

EPA's Pacific Southwest Office has a number of programs to address children’s environmental health issues. These include programs for reducing exposure of children to lead, environmental asthma triggers, pesticides, and mercury. We also have programs for helping schools create healthy and green learning and teaching environments. Explore these programs or contact the Children's Environmental Health Coordinators for more information.

We are able to help connect interested individuals, schools, agencies, organizations, programs, and business with local partners to help further children’s environmental health at the community-level. If you would like help connecting with partners in your community around children’s environmental health issues, contact us!

Partner With Us!

We are interested in updating a public list of children’s health partners in the Pacific Southwest.
Contact us to be included.

Recent News and Publications

Funding Announcements

The EPA is seeking applications for the 2014 National Indoor Environments Grant Program from eligible entities to conduct demonstration, training, outreach and/or education projects that will reduce exposure to indoor air contaminants, yield measurable environmental outcomes, and produce results that have implications and/or benefits on a national level. Applications must address one or more of the following EPA Indoor Environments Division program priority areas: radon, indoor environmental asthma triggers, multiple indoor air quality contaminants. EPA requests submittal of an informal notice of an Intent to Apply by March 31, 2014 to NationalIndoorEnvironmentsRFA2014@epa.gov. Submission of an Intent to Apply notice is optional; it is a process management tool that will allow EPA to better anticipate the total staff time required for efficient review and evaluation of submitted applications, and selection of awardees. Applications must be submitted electronically through Grants.gov by 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on April 21, 2014 in order to be considered for funding unless an alternative method has been approved in advance as discussed in the request for applications. Applications received after the closing date and time will not be considered for funding.

Upcoming Webinars to Promote and Support Healthy School Environments

Please see the EPA Schools website for additional details and previously recorded webinars.

May 14, 2014, 1-2 p.m. Pacific Time: Approaches for Effective Climate Change Communication
Join us for a webinar exploring the importance of effective communication strategies as a key component of climate change response. The presentation will highlight examples and techniques that National Park Service interpreters are using to engage our audiences on this topic and that K-12 teachers can use as well. The webinar will summarize research highlighting visitor’s beliefs and perspectives about climate change, share some examples of successful interpretive products, and explore ways to empower staff and visitors to be part of the solution.

Recent News and Publications

2013 Clean, Green and Healthy Schools Regional Highlights – The EPA Office of Children’s Health Protection’s Clean, Green and Healthy Schools Initiative began in FY2012 in order to create healthier school environments for children. Through collaboration with local community partners and school stakeholders, the Clean, Green and Healthy Schools Initiative supports EPA regional school coordinators to help them reach school decision makers and promote this Initiative within their regions. The Clean, Green and Healthy Schools Regional Highlights Summary seeks to showcase some of the exceptional school environmental health projects within each of EPA’s ten regions. These success stories range from work in local schools, to building partnerships with community organizations, to influencing policy at the state level. Each article highlights just some of the extensive work that each region is doing on behalf of children’s environmental health in schools. The Highlights articles also illustrate tangible health benefits and cost savings realized through work within the regions.

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