Fact Sheets Available on Gulf Coast Oil Spill

Led by Joel Forman, MD, of the Mount Sinai Children’s Environmental Health Center, the document is a cooperative effort to protect children’s health.

New York, NY
 – September 23, 2010 /Press Release/  –– 

If you or someone you know has been affected by the Gulf Coast oil spill, a new fact sheet is available on the environmental health risks of exposure and how to safeguard the health of you and your children.

Joel Forman, MD, of the Mount Sinai Children’s Environmental Health Center (CEHC) took a leadership role in developing the document, which was produced in cooperation with several leading environmental health organizations. Dr. Forman is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Preventive Medicine at Mount Sinai as well as Vice-Chair of the Department of Pediatrics.

The fact sheet encourages families, pediatricians, and communities to work together to protect children from toxin exposure in the aftermath of the oil spill. The document explains how to protect children from these hazards and provides answers to frequently asked questions. For those who want further information about oil exposure, it includes a list of resources. The fact sheet was developed for two audiences: one for patients and one for health professionals.

Read the fact sheet for patients.

Read the fact sheet for health professionals.

About the PEHSU

The Mount Sinai Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU) provides clinical consultation and education to families, health care professionals, public health officials, and community organizations that have concerns regarding children's environmental health.

The Mount Sinai PEHSU is a member of a national and international network of PEHSUs supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These PEHSUs form a network that is capable of responding to requests throughout the country, and they offer advice on prevention, diagnosis, management, and treatment of environmentally-related health effects in children.