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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.
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.
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.
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.
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 (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.
National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week is October 22-28. This year's theme is "Lead Free Kids for a Healthy Future." Task Force members including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have developed outreach toolkits to help generate awareness and educate parents about protecting kids. Read more...
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 ...