National Center for Environmental Health
The National Center for Environmental Health is a federal agency that is part of the CDC and provides information on air pollution, asthma, lead poisoning prevention, public health tracking, and other environmental health issues.
National Environmental Education Foundation
The National Environmental Education Foundation is a foundation chartered by Congress in 1990 to advance environmental knowledge and action. It is a complementary organization to the US EPA, extending the EPA’s ability to improve environmental literacy through EPA’s own resources and also private funds which may have been made available for this purpose. Its goal is to:
- 1. Expand environmental education in the schools
- 2. Establish basic environmental education for the adult public
- 3. Develop an environmental education program for health professionals
- 4. Develop environmental education for business managers
- 5. Work to overcome issues of environmental health in children
An example of a children’s program is the Pediatric Asthma Initiative, a long-term project used to integrate environmental management of asthma into pediatric medical and nursing education and practice.
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
NIOSH is a federal agency that is part of the CDC and conducts research to reduce work-related illnesses and injuries and to promote safe and healthy workplaces. NIOSH has prepared a series of resources for young worker safety and health. These training programs, reports, and publications can be accessed through the NIOSH website.
There are numerous other national, state, and local associations who simply cannot be named here. When working with a local health department or the regional EPA, it is possible to get a list of local partners in resolving children’s environmental health issues.