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President’s Task Force on Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks to Children

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The President’s Task Force on Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks to Children is the focal point for coordinating federal government efforts to explore, understand, and act together to improve children’s environmental health.

Asthma Disparities

The Task Force works to address preventable environmental factors that lead to differences in the burden of asthma for poor and minority children relative to their peers.

Chemical Exposures & Lead

Understanding and predicting disease and disabilities in children across their life stages that result from exposures to chemicals and metals, including pesticides, manufacturing ingredients, lead, and others, is a focus of the Task Force.

Climate Change

The Task Force seeks to identify key strategies to understand and address climate change impacts on children’s health and to inform federal agencies and others engaged in climate change mitigation, adaptation, and response.

Healthy Settings

Healthy settings (such as homes, schools, and daycares) have eight primary qualities: dry, clean, pest-free, safe, contaminant-free, well ventilated, well maintained, and thermally controlled. The Task Force works to ensure healthy settings for all children.

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Climate Change and Children’s Health Policy Roundup

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Children’s health and well being are vulnerable to impacts of climate change related to extreme heat, increased air pollution, changes in food and water, changes in vectorborne diseases, and extreme weather such as flooding and wildfires. The Climate Change and Children’s Health Policy Roundup gathers stories of policy actions being taken by government and non-government groups to address such impacts, with the goals of creating a community of practice around children’s health and climate change and providing a resource of ideas, approaches, and lessons learned. Submit your story here!

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Choose Safe Places for Early Care and Education

Choose Safe Places for Early Care and Education

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) recently released the Choose Safe Places for Early Care and Education (CSPECE) Guidance Manual along with a suite of related tools and resources to help states and others learn how they can protect children where they learn and play. The manual describes the environmental health implications of siting child care and early learning facilities, explains the elements of ensuring sites are safe, and offers tips and tools for health departments interested in building a child care safe siting program. Read more ...

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