Columbia Children's Center wins Award from EPA Office of Children's Health Protection for Integrated Pest Management and Healthy Home projects
April 14, 2005
Also honored with an Excellence Award in 2005 was one of the Columbia Children's Center community partners, West Harlem Environmental Action (WE ACT) . West Harlem Environmental Action, Inc. (WE ACT) has united researchers, health care professionals, parents, advocates, and community- and faith-based leaders for the last seven years in an effort to educate residents of Northern Manhattan on children's environmental health issues. In addition to the educational and community outreach programs initiated by the group, WE ACT has worked to pass legislation to prevent lead poisoning and has trained over 500 community residents and parents of health-affected children through bilingual asthma and lead workshops. After conducting a research project on mothers and infants in Northern Manhattan with the Columbia University Children's Environmental Health Center, results showed that exposure of expectant mothers to organophosphate and carbamate pesticides can lead to reduced birth weight. WE ACT continues to mobilize the community toward the education and protection of children's health.
While the Environmental Protection Agency retains a major role in safeguarding children from environmental risks, industry, communities, and organizations can take action where they live, learn and play. The Children's Environmental Health Excellence Awards are designed to recognize ongoing and sustainable dedication to, and notable leadership in, protecting children from environmental health risks at the local, regional, national, and international level.