The 4th annual Children’s Environmental Health Day (CEH Day) on October 10 was a wonderful day of community, and reminded us at the Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN) why we do what we do. Year-to-year, we continue to see an increase in partnerships and actions taken in support of protecting children’s health.
With the dedicated help from leaders throughout the country, the governors from Colorado, Idaho, Tennessee, Maryland, Michigan, Massachusetts, and Oregon proclaimed October 10, 2019 as CEH Day, as did the mayors of Austin, TX, New York, NY, Oakland, CA, Omaha, NE, and Orlando, FL. We thank our 39 CEH Day partners for helping to grow awareness of the Day and our sponsors for their support!
CEH Day 2020 will be on October 8. Start thinking now about your children’s health-related projects, campaigns, and goals, and how they can be timed to align with CEH Day next year. In 2019, 45 entries were posted—by individuals and organizations--to our CEH Day map of events and activities across the country. Help us increase this number every year, so that in every community we are building more awareness and taking more actions to safeguard our children’s health and futures.
CEHN wrapped up our CEH Day activities on October 10 with an afternoon reception at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at The George Washington University to honor CEHN’s 2019 Child Health Advocate Awardees. Rather than the traditional award ceremony with speeches made at a podium, we decided to hear from our awardees as panelists holding a conversation with each other and with the attendees about their work, what inspires them, and what is needed to persevere. Coming from backgrounds in community advocacy, social and environmental justice, youth leadership, science, business, and medicine, and representing diverse backgrounds and cultures, the panelists candidly addressed the need for us to work across our silos and to support each other, and they provided much inspiration to all of us. Many thanks to these deserving leaders for all that they have done and continue to do for our children’s health! Thank you also, to the many longstanding partners and new partners who attended this event to show their support.
CEHN also hosted a Twitter chat (#CEHchat) that afternoon that focused on children’s environmental health issues in early care and education (ECE) settings. We facilitated a robust conversation with federal partners, academic centers, medical, housing, public health and environmental partners, child care and children’s advocacy organizations, and many more. Participants emphasized the importance of environmental health in ECE settings, shared some successes and challenges of this work, and shared helpful tips and resources. With the continued efforts and support of all of these critical partners and advocates, we look forward to continued progress in safeguarding our children’s health in and around child care facilities. Check out the full recap of the chat for highlights, the transcript, and to find helpful resources for parents, teachers, health professional and community members.
CEH Day 2019 might be over, but, children’s environmental health is CEHN’s priority throughout the year. We are reaching out to child health advocates in cities and states with 2019 proclamations to leverage the proclamations to advance their campaigns and initiatives. Our advocacy toolkit provides tips and messaging specifically for holding local elected officials accountable to their proclamations. #CEHday365!
CEH Day anchors the CEH Movement. Let your friends and colleagues know about CEH Day and also encourage them to join the Movement for year-round awareness-raising and advocacy! Together we can continue to build and strengthen this platform for all of us working to improve the environment for the well-being of children.
2019 CEH Day Partners