Health Research Questions
- What chemicals pose the greatest risks to children?
- How can EPA research help disadvantaged communities and groups?
- What EPA tools are available to help communities promote public health and sustainability?
What chemicals pose the greatest risks to children?
Researchers are studying children's exposures to chemicals at different life stages - from the time they are infants to when they begin crawling, walking, and running. The Children's Environmental Health Research Centers are looking at exposure levels to toxicants such as pesticides, air pollution, allergens, endocrine disruptors, lead, mercury, polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and tobacco smoke.
How can EPA research help disadvantaged communities and groups?
EPA is studying issues related to environmental justice and developing decision-support tools to ensure that all people live, learn and work in a healthy environment.
The EPA and NIH funded Health Disparities Research Centers, located across the nation, are dedicated to reducing environmental disparities for vulnerable populations. Web-based tools, such as the Community Cumulative Assessment Tool, can help communities pinpoint and address the disproportional impacts of environmental issues in their area.
What EPA tools are available to help communities promote public health and sustainability?
EPA is working to provide communities and decision-makers with useful tools, databases and models to promote community public health and sustainability. These tools gather relevant data and science and allow communities to make more informed decisions.