The Eco-Healthy Child Care® (EHCC) program has been incorporated into an important new community public health initiative focused on the health of children enrolled in Baltimore Early Head Start (EHS) and Head Start (HS) programs. The University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON), in collaboration with the Maryland Family Network, has been funded to develop and implement this new initiative. “The inclusion of the child care setting in public health interventions, especially in an urban environment such as Baltimore, is critical to achieving comprehensive improvement in the health and development of our youngest and most vulnerable children,” said CEHN Executive Director, Nsedu Obot Witherspoon, MPH. To read the full release, click here.
CEHN Executive Director Nsedu Obot Witherspoon and Claire Barnett, Executive Director of the Healthy Schools Network, co-wrote this blog post featured in HuffPost Green. This post calls attention to the failing health of many of our nation's schools and the detrimental effects these environments can have on our children's health and education. Read the full post here.
The Council of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) today announced the winners of C$1.3 million of grants under the CEC’s North American Partnership for Environmental Community Action (NAPECA) program. As part of the effort to address environmental problems locally and support communities across North America, the Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN), was awarded with funding for an education and training project on eco-healthy best practices for child care professionals at the U.S.-Mexico border. Read more here.
University of Maryland School of Nursing and the Children’s Environmental Health Network evaluate level of environmental stewardship in child care facilities via responses to the Eco-Healthy Child Care® program’s self-auditing checklist. For the full news release click here.
Clean and Healthy New York, along with Children’s Environmental Health Network and Child Care Council, Inc., celebrated completion of a two year project to train child care providers to reduce toxic chemicals in their child care setting. For the full news release click here.
Mayor of Austin to welcome participants to the Food and Environment pediatric research conference hosted by the Children’s Environmental Health Network on Wednesday, February 4, 2015. For the full news release click here.
The Children's Environmental Health Network convened a diverse group of visionary leaders to chart a renewed vision and blueprint for protecting children's environmental health. For the full news release click here.
CEHN has joined the effort with the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Breast Cancer Fund, and the Center for Food Safety to file a food additive petition with the Food and Drug Administration to pass regulations to ban perfluorocarboxylates in food production, which can cause permanent brain damage in infants. For the full article click here.
CEHN Executive Director, Nsedu Obot Witherspoon, co-authored this piece with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy as part of the EPA blog, highlighting October as Children's Health Month. For the full article click here.
Environmental Health Innovation Award today at the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) annual conference. Full Press Release.
It is likely the climate change data were removed after EPA voluntarily sent the ACE report for OMB review, as the agency sought support for the report from other government agencies. Full Article.
CEHN's Policy & Training Director Carol Stroebel discusses the risks to children and her hopes for the future of children's environmental health. Read full interview report.
Nsedu Witherspoon, as part of the American Public Health Association (APHA) Environment Section's short film, contributes to the historical overview of public and environmental health in the U.S. over the past century. View full clip.
In September, CEHN took an evening to celebrate our 20th Anniversary as an organization and leader in the field of Children's Environmental Health. It was a fantastic event that included the participation of long-standing friends and leaders in this movement as well as new champions for children's health protection. Awards were presented to key movers and shakers in the areas of student achievement, journalism, and national leadership. See pictures and testimonials.
What an amazing 20th anniversary year for the Children's Environmental Health Network (CEHN)! It has been a year of reflection and renewal as well as a banner year of events and activities. We mark 2012 as a year building on CEHN's two decades of leadership in protecting all children from environmental hazards. Full Letter.
As a pediatrician and public health physician, Dr. Richard Joseph Jackson has had a distinguished career calling attention to environmental risks and their impact on our health. His latest work has sparked a national conversation on the relationship between rising health risks and the way we design our communities.
As the Children's Environmental Health Network celebrated their 20th Anniversary on September 7th at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, some friends of the Network including Board Members, Award Recipients shared their thoughts on the need to protect children from environmental hazards. This is what they had to say... (video here).
The evening of CEHN's Gala included the announcement of a new award. The Board announced the Nsedu Obot Witherspoon Youth Leadership Award, or N.O.W. Award, in honor of CEHN's Executive Director who continues to work tirelessly for the health and well-being of our children. To find out more on what was read about Ms. Witherspoon the night of the Gala, click here.
A public-interest organization working to protect children from hazards in the environment since 1992 marked its 20th anniversary by honoring diverse advocates for children’s health at a gala event at the National Press Club. Full Press Release.
Last week, the Children's Environmental Health Network welcomed the pediatric environmental health community to a 20th anniversary research conference on the west coast. The conference (May 30 - June 1, San Francisco) focused on The Contribution of Epigenetics in Pediatric Environmental Health. Full Article.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will lose several millions of dollars authorized for children's environmental health research if it is unable to issue requests for proposals for these funds by April 1, 2012--but they also need to issue the RFPs under an improved rule protecting human test subjects who are exposed to harmful chemicals in such studies. Full Article
Nsedu Witherspoon told the Nation's Health that Americans "need and want protection" from chemical exposures. Full Article
Protecting Our Children from the Prophets (and Profits) of Doubt
By Cynthia Bearer, M.D., Ph.D., FAAP and Richard J. Jackson, MD, MPH
CEHN's members comment on the U.S. EPA’s recent proposal to protect our children by getting mercury out of our environment--and our food. Full Article
Nsedu Obot Witherspoon, executive director of the Children's Environmental Health Network, said: “Imagine a nation where families with children and other members of a community know their water, soil, air, homes, schools and places of work and recreation are healthy for everyone and free from chemical hazards. The National Conversation was born out of this vision, and out of a widely shared desire to consider past successes, identify current challenges and highlight solutions that would promote a health-protective chemical safety system. The National Conversation Action Agenda includes steps that each of us can take to bring us closer to the vision of a nation that uses and manages chemicals in ways that are safe and healthy for all people.” Full Article
WASHINGTON, D.C.//June 9, 2011//Even though Americans are exposed every day to potentially harmful chemicals, the U.S. government currently does not have in place a comprehensive system to protect the public in such situations. That is expected to change as a result of a new “action agenda” emerging from a two-year national conversation led by government, nonprofit and industry organizations. Full Article
CEHN Members Talk About Environmental Health Through StoryCorps
CEHN Executive Director, Nsedu Obot Witherspoon, and Board Member, Brenda Afzal, talk about Environmental Health with other members of the American Public Health Association (APHA) through Story Corps. To listen to each participant's StoryCorps, click on the third link under "What's New" here.
Eco Healthy Child Care® wins the Change Agents Unite contest
Today is the day! It’s finally time to announce the winners in the Change Agents Unite Contest. Over the last two months, we’ve heard from a wide variety of teams about what they’re doing to inspire change. The “cookie cutter” approach to change is behind us and thanks to teams of people like all of our nominees and winners, a new approach is in town! For full article click here.
The Child Development Labs are Going Green
The University’s Child Development Laboratories are now one of four Eco-Healthy Child Care centers in the state of Connecticut.
Eco-Healthy Child Care is a national program that encourages child care settings to be as healthy, safe, and green as possible by reducing children’s exposure to toxic substances. For full article click here.
First-Ever National Eco-Healthy Child Care® Program Launches to Protect Children in Child Care
Washington, DC—October 5, 2010—The Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN) today launches its national Eco-Healthy Child Care program (EHCC), which encourages healthier child-care settings by training child-care providers to protect children and staff from harmful chemical exposures—from Bisphenol-A in plastic food containers, PVC in toys, and formaldehyde in commonly-used furniture to lead and mercury—with free or low-cost alternatives that are easy to implement. For full article click here.
CEHN Board Member, Dr. Lynn Goldman, to receive Heinz Award
UC Berkeley alumna Lynn Goldman, a former assistant administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency during the Clinton administration, was announced as one of this year's 10 Heinz Award recipients Tuesday for working to protect people from toxic chemicals. For full article click here.