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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.

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National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week 2018

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National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (NLPPW), observed October 21–27, is a national outreach effort to bring together individuals, community-based organizations, state and local governments and others, to increase lead poisoning prevention awareness and efforts to reduce childhood exposure to lead. Task Force members have developed resources and materials available for free to the public. Read more...
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HUD Smoke-Free Public Housing Rule

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U.S. Public Housing Agencies house approximately 2 million residents, over a third of whom are children and adolescents, according to 2016 statistics. A new rule from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), put in place on July 30, 2018, restricts smoking in such residences and will protect children’s health and development from the effects of secondhand tobacco smoke. Read more…
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