Recognizing the urgent need to place children and families at the center of environmental health.
The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) is thrilled to join the Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN) in declaring October 10, 2019, as Children’s Environmental Health (CEH) Day.
On this day, we urge all environmental health professionals to consider how they can prioritize children in their practices. Children are the heaviest bearers of environmental threats, facing lifelong diseases and developmental disabilities due to early childhood exposures. They struggle with increased rates of asthma due to air pollution and learning difficulties from childhood lead exposure in their water supplies or homes.
Children's EH Chat
NEHA is excited to participate in the Children's Environmental Health Chat on Thursday from 12–1 PM EDT. Join the discussion using the hashtags #CEHChat and #ChildrenAtTheCenter.
New "Day in the Life" Blog
Check out the newest edition of NEHA’s “Day in the Life” blog by Julianna Rohn, a NEHA intern for the Program and Partnership Development department. Julianna writes about ways that you can get involved in your community and make a difference on this Children’s Environmental Health Day.
Message from NEHA Executive Director Dr. David Dyjack
Please join us in supporting and commemorating this day! There are many ways that you can put children at the center:
- Join or host a CEH Day event in your city and share it on the events and activities map.
- Encourage your city and state officials to support children’s health and environmentally-friendly policies.
- If you have a story, share it! Storytelling can be used to build bridges and work towards common solutions.
- Reach out to your members of Congress and tell them why children’s environmental health issues matter to you.
Additional Information and Resources
Day in the Life Blog Posts
- There’s No Safe Level of Lead Exposure: Stories of Lead Poisoning and Prevention
- Our Youth Are Counting on Us
Partner Organization Resources
- Protecting the Health of Children: A National Snapshot of Environmental Health Services: American Public Health Association, February 2019.
- A Blueprint for Protecting Children’s Environmental Health: Children’s Environmental Health Network, 2015.
- Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Centers: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, October 2019
- For a quicker read, check out ecoAmerica’s Climate for Health Blog or listen to APHA’s Nation’s Health podcast on how we can protect children from the changing climate.
- For parents, caregivers, and concerned residents, checkout a guide to Climate Change and Child Health from the Harvard School of Public Health’s C-Change Center.
Take action now and help protect the future for our children. Thank you for your support and participation!