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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.

Lead Exposures

The Task Force coordinates interagency efforts to better understand and prevent disease and disabilities in children from lead, including development of a new federal lead strategy.

Chemical Exposures

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.

Featured Activity

Building Partnerships to Address Elevated Blood Lead Levels in Tribal Children

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is partnering with the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) to convene state, county, and tribal representatives from rural and non-urban communities to discuss how to initiate and strengthen region-specific collaborative efforts to identify and address elevated blood lead levels (BLLs) in tribal children. Tribes should express interest in participating by April 30, 2019. Read more...
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Wildfire Guide for Public Health Officials

Wildfire Smoke- A Guide for Public Health Officials

The Wildfire Smoke Guide for Public Health Officials, released August 22, includes information on protecting children from exposure to wildfire smoke. An accompanying fact sheet explains the ways in which children are vulnerable to smoke and ash exposure. Read more...

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