LACK OF CONSISTENT APPROACH TO CHILDREN'S ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH ISSUES
The problem is that there is no consistent approach to the resolution of hazards affecting children from state to state and locality to locality. Unfortunately, children’s programs typically do not produce revenue and therefore, especially in times of serious budget shortfalls, children’s issues are not given the resources that are necessary to avoid injury and illness and promote better health. In addition, where local and state health departments receive federal funding for specific programs, the programs cease to exist typically when the funds run out. Also, many local and state funding agencies use the federal funds as an excuse for reducing the regular budget for other environmental health programs. For any given locality or state, it is necessary to contact the appropriate health department, over the internet or by phone, to determine what programs or educational materials are available to help resolve children’s environmental health issues. Federal internet sites are also very useful for obtaining educational and training materials.