Over 20 years of Accomplishments


 

CEHN has been working since 1992 on education, protective policy and support of research vital to children’s environmental health protection. CEHN has a history of working with a wide range of stakeholders, from health care and child care professionals to faith and policy leaders, to parents and caregivers, and has partnered with local and national professional and advocacy organizations, and local, state and federal government agencies. Major accomplishments include:

 

RESEARCH

 

  • Sponsored first research workshop on children’s environmental health, bringing together researchers from different disciplines to undertake the challenge of merging pediatric and environmental research. The results of the workshop identified specific data gaps and specific research needs in the field (1993).

 

  • Sponsored first national symposium on children’s environmental health titled “Preventing Child Exposures to Environmental Hazards: Research and Policy Issues,” which created a basic policy and research framework for children’s environmental health and galvanized interest at the national level (1994).  

 

  • Organized the national research conference titled “Children’s Environmental Health: Research, Practice, Prevention and Policy,” that focused on five key research priority areas in the field of children’s environmental health: asthma and respiratory diseases; childhood cancer; endocrine disorders; neurodevelopmental effects; and cross-cutting issues (1997).

 

  • Held the first pediatric environmental health conference tailored for health care providers and faculty titled “Pediatric Environmental Health: Putting It Into Practice” in San Francisco (1999). 

 

  • Hosted the first Global Forum on Children’s Environmental Health in the U.S.  Delegates from over 55 nations and 5 continents participated in this historic event (2001). 

 

  • Organized a “Workshop on Ethical Issues in Children’s Environmental Health Research” (2004). 

 

  • Hosted premier pediatric epigenetics research conference, "The Contribution of Epigenetics in Pediatric Environmental Health" (2012).

 

  • Created first pediatric environmental health curriculum (1990). To date, it has been downloaded thousands of times from CEHN’s website. 

 

  • Conducted first training of pediatric health professionals at the Ambulatory Pediatric Association Annual Meeting (1996).

 

  • Published first Resource Guide on Children’s Environmental Health  (1997).

 

  • Performed outreach to key health professional organizations and trained over 500 health care providers and public health leaders on effective engagement on children’s health, environmental justice, and the linkages between exposure to environmental hazards and the health and welfare of children.

 

  • Launched the first national environmental health training and assessment pilot program for child care providers/administrators, the Healthy Environments for Child Care and Preschools (HECCP) program (2004).  To date, the HECCP has trained more than 1,200 child care professionals in California, Georgia, Texas, and the District of Columbia.

 

  • Began managing the Eco-Healthy Child Care Program in October 2010. This national environmental health training and assessment program has already endorsed 1,000 child care providers in 44 states. The Network’s expansion of this program will focus on 6 states per year, and working with child care training and licensing and professionals. 
 
 
POLICY  
  • The vision that CEHN outlined for addressing children’s issues -- Federal interagency coordination, EPA’s Office of Children’s Health Protection, research centers on children’s environmental health, and the National Children’s Study – have all become reality.

 

  • Pushed for the effective implementation of the Food Quality Protection Act, a pesticide reform bill that improved the protection of children (1996).

 

  • Worked to halt the repeal of the Food Quality Protection Act. 

 

  • Identified unethical industry testing of pesticides on humans.

 

  • Secured research funds for the child care environment.  

 

  • Highlighted for policy makers the need to consider children in emerging issues such as climate change and reforming how we regulate chemicals.

 

WORK FORCE DEVELOPMENT

  • More than 50 staff, fellows, and graduate student assistants received on-the-job and hands-on education in the field of children’s environmental health as CEHN staff and volunteers.
 
 
CEHN’s Board of Directors includes key leaders in the pediatric environmental health arena. Additional guidance for CEHN’s work is provided by the Policy and Science Committees. Members of these committees represent various government, advocacy, community, and research leaders from around the country.