About the Children’s Environmental Health Centers of New York (CEHCNY)

The Children’s Environmental Health Centers of New York (CEHCNY) provide clinical consultation and education to families, health care professionals, public health officials, and community organizations who have concerns regarding toxic environmental exposures and environmental threats to children's health. The CEHCNY receive core support from the New York State Department of Health.

The CEHCNY network is comprised of experts in pediatrics, allergy/immunology, neurodevelopment, toxicology, occupational and environmental medicine, nursing, and other specialized areas in children’s environmental health. Not only are the CEHCNY capable of responding to requests for information throughout New York State, but they are offer advice on prevention, diagnosis, management, and treatment of environmentally-related health effects in children.

Why is this Work Important?

Children's environmental health is the study, prevention and treatment of the effects of environmental hazards on the health and development of children. This work is important because children are uniquely vulnerable to environmental hazards, such as lead, mold, pesticides, and many other toxic chemicals. 

What CEHCNY Do

CEHCNY work with specialized health care professionals, parents, schools, community groups, and others to provide information on protecting children from environmental hazards. They also work with Federal, State, and local agencies to address children’s environmental health issues in homes, schools, and communities. The basic services of the CEHCNY network are:

Consultation and Referral

  • Evaluating suspected toxic exposures
  • Identifying and interpreting appropriate diagnostic tests
  • Medical management
  • Referral to specialty care

Community Education and Outreach

  • Raising awareness about environmental conditions that may affect children
  • Guidance on preventing or reducing harmful environmental exposures in everyday situations
  • Providing practical advice on helping children cope and recover during and after floods, wildfires, chemical spills and other crises

Training Health Professionals

  • Conducting seminars and conferences
  • Publishing peer-reviewed articles that raise environmental health literacy
  • Translating health care research into medical practice
  • Providing on-line educational programs and case studies on environmental health issues