Dr. Natasha DeJarnett Named to U.S. EPA Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee

NEHA News Release


Release Date: 
May 27, 2020

Washington, DC.: The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) is pleased to announce that Dr. Natasha DeJarnett, interim associate director of Program and Partnership Development, has been named to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (U.S. EPA) Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee (CHPAC). U.S. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the appointment of 28 members to CHPAC on May 20, 2020, with 20 new and 8 returning members. Complete with cross-sectoral stakeholders in research, academia, healthcare, environmental, legal, and state, territorial, local, and tribal agencies, CHPAC provides children’s health-specific recommendations to the U.S. EPA administrator.

“Dr. DeJarnett is the right person at the right time to contribute to this critical federal advisory committee,” said Dr. David Dyjack, NEHA executive director and CEO. “Her subject matter expertise coupled with a track record of working across health sectors will be essential to the committee’s deliberations as they endeavor to ensure every child in this country reaches their full potential free from recognized harm.”

NEHA values U.S. EPA’s emphasis on science-informed decision making and its commitment to public health. Dr. Dyjack is a member of the U.S. EPA Federal Advisory Committee on North American Environmental Cooperation. In addition, NEHA has a memorandum of understanding with U.S. EPA’s Office of Research and Development, upholding a commitment to partner to disseminate public health information, advance the translation of environmental health research, and enhance uptake of each organization’s tools.

The protection of children’s health is especially important in the field of environmental health and NEHA recognizes the urgent need to place children at the center of environmental health. Children bear the greatest burden of environmental threats, facing possible lifelong diseases and developmental disabilities due to early childhood exposures. NEHA and other partners are collaborating with the Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs to lead a national Maternal and Child Environmental Health Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network. NEHA receives support through hurricane supplemental funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to support communities impacted by the 2017 hurricane season, which includes working with communities in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to protect children from post-disaster exposures in child care and educational settings. In addition, NEHA has been a proud partner of Children’s Environmental Health Day since 2018.

Dr. DeJarnett leads the children’s environmental health portfolio at NEHA and has spoken to national and international audiences on the subject. Previously, she served on a children’s environmental health research team at the American Public Health Association, investigating the status of children’s environmental health services available in state departments of health and their association with children’s health outcomes.

Read the U.S. EPA’s news release.

Learn more about CHPAC.

Discover more about children’s environmental health.

About Dr. Natasha DeJarnett

Dr. Natasha DeJarnett is the interim associate director of Program and Partnership Development at NEHA, where she leads research as well as children’s environmental health efforts. In this capacity, she works to elevate the role of environmental health professionals in maternal and childhood lead poisoning prevention. Prior to NEHA, she was a policy analyst at the American Public Health Association where she led the National Environment Portfolio and served on a research team to investigate the status of children’s environmental health services available in state departments of health. In addition, Dr. DeJarnett is a professorial lecturer at George Washington University and serves on the boards of Citizens’ Climate Education and Physicians for Social Responsibility.

Dr. Natasha DeJarnett
Dr. Natasha DeJarnett presents on climate change and vulnerable
populations at the Citizens’ Climate Lobby Third Coast Regional
Conference. Photo courtesy of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby. 

About the National Environmental Health Association

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