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Pacific Southwest, Region 9

Serving: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, Pacific Islands, Tribal Nations

Children's Environmental Health

Where Children Live, Learn and Play
Children's Health Topics
Potential Environmental Hazards
Regional Information

Regional Children's Environmental Health Contacts:

Jorine Campopiano

Jacquelyn Hayes
(415) 972-3259

Questions about Lead?

Marjorie Xavier
(415) 947-4164

Questions about Indoor Air Quality & Asthma?

Monique Nivolon
(415) 947-4195

About Children’s Environmental Health

Children are often more heavily exposed to toxics in the environment. Pound for pound, children breathe more air, drink more water, and eat more food than adults. Their behavior patterns, such as playing close to the ground and hand-to-mouth activity, increase their exposure to potential toxics. In addition, they may be more vulnerable to environmental hazards because their systems are still developing, often making them less able than adults to metabolize, detoxify, and excrete toxics. Environmental risks to children include asthma-exacerbating air pollution, lead-based paint in older homes, treatment-resistant microbes in drinking water, and persistent chemicals that may cause cancer or induce reproductive or developmental changes. Learn More.

EPA Funding for Children's Health Training in the San Joaquin Valley and the U.S. Mexico Border

Outside of the home, children spend a significant amount of time in schools and/or childcare centers, which is why the Children's Environmental Health Program is committed to working with local partners to reduce or eliminate exposures in these settings through outreach, technical assistance, and training. Over the past year, the Children's Environmental Health Program used discretionary funds to support a special project with the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units of the University of California to provide healthy childcare and school environments training in two Region 9 geographic focus areas – the San Joaquin Valley and U.S.-Mexico Border Region. Both of these areas have significant environmental justice concerns and grapple with some of the poorest air quality in the country. Providing training directly to those who work in and have control to change aspects of child-occupied environments can help make positive changes on-the-ground to protect children's health.

More than 200 people attended training sessions offered in Fresno and Imperial counties that focused on addressing environmental challenges in school and childcare environments. Participants, who included school nurses, childcare providers, health promoters, and others, learned about how environmental factors can impact child development, what environmental hazards may be present in schools, childcare centers, and homes, and what steps can be taken to prevent, eliminate, or reduce these hazards. Training topics also included outdoor and indoor air quality, asthma, lead, mercury, pesticides and integrated pest management, and green cleaning and sanitizing.

The training sessions were presented by the University of California San Francisco Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit, the UC Irvine Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit, and the UC Berkeley Center for Environmental Research and Children's Health. Local organizations in both Imperial County (Comité Cívico del Valle and Clínicas de Salud del Pueblo) and Fresno County (Central Valley Children's Services Network, First 5 Fresno, and the UC Berkeley Children's Health & Air Pollution Study-San Joaquin Valley) provided information about their services and activities in the local area.

For more information about creating and maintaining healthy school and childcare environments, please see EPA’s Healthy School Environments and Healthy Childcare webpages.

Children’s Environmental Health in the Pacific Southwest

EPA's Pacific Southwest Office has a number of programs to address children’s environmental health issues. These include programs for reducing exposure of children to lead, environmental asthma triggers, pesticides, and mercury. We also have programs for helping schools create healthy and green learning and teaching environments. Explore these programs or contact the Children's Environmental Health Coordinators for more information.

We are able to help connect interested individuals, schools, agencies, organizations, programs, and business with local partners to help further children’s environmental health at the community-level. If you would like help connecting with partners in your community around children’s environmental health issues, contact us!

Sign up to receive the monthly EPA Region 9 Clean, Green, and Healthy Schools E-Newsletter!
The monthly e-newsletter provides information on current school news from across the country, funding opportunities, and green school meetings, conferences, and events. Please email the EPA Region 9 Schools Coordinator, Jorine Campopiano (campopiano.jorine@epa.gov), if you’re interested to receive this monthly e-newsletter.

Partner With Us!

We are interested in updating a public list of children’s health partners in the Pacific Southwest.
Contact us to be included.

Recent News and Publications

Upcoming Events

Green Apple Day of Service: The Green Apple Day of Service, which will take place on Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, gives parents, teachers, students, companies and local organizations the opportunity to transform all schools into healthy, safe and productive learning environments through local service projects. Be sure to check out project ideas, pick up helpful event resources, read about last year's impact, find an event in your area and register your 2014 project today!

Upcoming Webinars to Promote and Support Healthy School Environments

Please see the EPA Schools website for additional details and previously recorded webinars.

September 4, 2014, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.: ENERGY STAR and Green Building Rating Systems
Learn how to use EPA tools and resources to help meet requirements for green building rating systems such as the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the Green Globes system, and others.

September 9, 2014, 10 – 11 a.m.: PCBs in Schools - Still a Problem?
Although toxic PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) were banned from production in the US over three decades ago, new research has found that PCBs produced as an unintended byproduct of some yellow dyes, inks and paints have been detected leaching from a range of products including those used in schools. Join researchers from the Superfund Research Program (SRP) for this back to school look at PCBs in schools, PCBS in construction materials, the human health concerns of PCBs, and what actions we need to take to protect our children and others from exposures.

September 24, 2014, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Mold Remediation Basics: What You Can Do and What You Should Leave to Professionals
Excess moisture indoors can create problems in any climate, all you need is condensation or a leak. This one-hour webinar will provide simple information for anyone from maintenance staff, to health care professionals, parents and community home health visitors, to tribal leaders, with a basic understanding of how to remediate mold problems. Learn what is reasonable to tackle yourself and when it’s time to call the professionals. Learn what to expect from professionals and how to tell if they're doing it right!


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