Children's Environmental Health Centers

Scientific research into the various facets of children’s environmental health problems is being conducted at the Children’s Environmental Health Centers created by the US EPA through a special program. The goals of the Children’s Center Program are to: provide multidisciplinary research on environmental contributions to children’s health and disease through interactions between basic, clinical, and behavioral scientists; establish research/prevention centers to pursue high quality research with clinical applications; utilize exposure assessment and resulting health effects in risk management and disease prevention; establish a national network of centers to rapidly share research findings and innovative approaches to controls; and understand the impact of chemical and other environmental exposures on the fetus and child. These centers include:

Columbia University School of Public Health

The Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health conducts scientific studies on the links between common pollutants in the environment and health risks. The research results are used to help educate people on how to reduce children’s exposure to harmful pollutants. Special studies have been done on the exposure of the fetus to high levels of pollution from fuel burning, pesticides, and secondhand smoke. The center’s largest study involves 725 African-American and Latino pregnant women and their children, living in low-income neighborhoods, with the children being monitored from birth through age 11. The exposures studied include polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in ambient air pollution, secondhand smoke, pesticides, endocrine-disrupting chemicals such as phthalates and BPA, and indoor pest allergens.

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