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EPA's Region 6 Office

Serving: Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and 66 Tribal Nations

Children's Health


Please visit EPA’s national Children’s Environmental Health web site for a comprehensive list of chemicals and hazards that affect children as well as a background page on the legal authority for the children’s environmental health program.

There is also a complete list of publications you may order.

This site is dedicated to the environmental health of children where they live, learn, and play. Protecting children from environmental risks is fundamental to EPA’s mission and EPA considers the special vulnerability of children in all Agency actions.

New for 2014: View the Children’s Environmental Health Third Annual Program Highlights Report


Children are Different

Children may be more vulnerable to environmental exposures then adults because:

  • Their bodily systems are still developing

  • They eat more, drink more, and breathe more in proportion to their body size

  • Their behavior can expose them more to chemicals and organisms

Three Children

 


According to the 2000 Census, there are more than 9.6 million children under the age of 18 in Region 6 (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas). The Region 6 Children’s Environmental Health Program is based on national and regional strategies to protect children’s environmental health through a number of regulations and voluntary programs. While exposures can occur in any number or variety of locations, the following list groups risks in an easy to access format. Details of national programs can be found by going to the links below:

LINKS TO NATIONAL INFORMATION
Home Environments
School Environments
Childcare Facilities and Playgrounds

In Partnership with Communities

In the Region, EPA carries out national policy and supports local efforts on a range of voluntary and regulatory actions. EPA Region 6 has a strong network of partners who work in their communities to help protect children from environmental risks. Partners support workshops, sponsor health fairs, provide training opportunities for school nurses and health care providers, and distribute educational materials to parents and care givers. They are also instrumental in raising awareness during special emphasis months such as Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month in May and Children’s Health Month in October.

  • The Southwest Center for Pediatric Environmental Health is one of 10 Pediatric Environmental Health Speciality Units (PEHSU) that provide expertise on pediatric health. Located in Tyler, Texas the PEHSU doctors are available to provide training to health care providers and to community health workers across Region 6. They are also the recipients of the national Children’s Environmental Health Excellence Award.
  • Children's Medical Center has been a partner with EPA for several years. In addition to their work raising awareness about environmental triggers that cause asthma attacks, they support EPA efforts on to promote education about children's environmental health. On August 9-10, 2012, Children's will be hosting a training sponsored by EPA's Office of Children's Health Protection and taught through a contract with the National Center for Healthy Housing. The training will teach community health workers how to focus on Healthy Homes practices as they conduct home visits with families around North Texas. In addition, Children's Medial Center, Parkland Hospital, the City of Dallas and Keep Dallas Beautiful are all partners with EPA this year for the Children's Health Festival in West Dallas.
  • Recently, the Children’s Environmental Health Network, (CEHN) with EPA funding established a committee to advise on the development and delivery of a training for child care providers though out the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Comprised of State and City health officials, private health care providers, member of the Asthma Coalition of Texas and Camp Fire of Tarrant County, the CEHN trained 250 child care providers on children’s environmental health.

EPA partners with State and City Departments of Health, with Universities, school districts, and community based organizations. We provide periodic scholarships to attend national Tools for Schools and Asthma conferences. We present at conferences, represent EPA on environmental committees and communicate with our local constituents.

Providing Funding for Children’s Environmental Health Grants

In addition to grants made from our national program offices, Region 6 provides funding specifically for projects in our 5-state region. Funded programs include asthma education, school indoor air quality programs, environmental education, GAP grants, funding for U.S./Mexico border projects and others.  Please check http://www.grants.gov/ for funding opportunities throughout the year.

If you would like more information about becoming an EPA partner for children's environment health, contact Paula Selzer in EPA's Region 6 office.

Paula Selzer
Coordinator, Asthma and Children's Environmental Health
US EPA, Region 6
1445 Ross Ave., suite 1200, 6PD-T
Dallas , TX 75202-2733
eMail: Selzer.paula@epa.gov
Phone (214) 665-6663

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