The Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning
The Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning is a national non-profit organization that creates, implements, and promotes programs and policies to eliminate childhood lead poisoning and make homes healthier and safer. It was founded in 1986 as a voluntary citizens’ effort to eliminate lead poisoning. The Coalition works with families, community organizations, educators, government agencies, insurers, property owners, and healthcare providers to make homes free of lead and safe.
The Collaborative on Health and the Environment
The Collaborative on Health and the Environment is an international partnership of over 3500 individuals and organizations in 45 countries and 48 states and includes scientists, health professionals, health-affected groups, non-governmental organizations, and other concerned citizens who seek to improve human and ecological health. The Initiative on Children’s Environmental Health, formerly the Institute for Children’s Environmental Health, is now part of the Collaborative group.
On October 1, 2010, a conference entitled Promoting Ecological Health for the Whole Child was held at the University of San Francisco. The topics discussed included the complex interacting factors of nutrition, education, socioeconomic status, exposures to toxic chemicals, and access to preventive health care. Childhood cancer had become the leading cause of childhood death. Adult onset diabetes, once very rare in children, had increased by 50% over previous existing rates. Speakers at the conference, while recognizing the importance of prenatal care, emphasized the need for examining environmental situations the young child is exposed to, as well as looking at and addressing all aspects of children’s health. (See endnote 57.)
Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units
Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units are a source of medical information and advice on environmental conditions that can influence children’s health. They are concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, management, and treatment of environmentally related health effects in children. They are involved in community education and outreach, the training of health professionals, and consultation and referral. These groups are typically based at university medical centers and are located in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. They are part of the Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics, founded in 1987. This group received significant financial support through a multi-year agreement with ATSDR and NIOSH.