Children’s Environmental Health: Medical Education and Public Advocacy

Because the Children’s Environmental Health Center is an integral component of the Icahn School of Medicine, education is a key function of the center.

We educate medical students, pediatricians, obstetricians, and other practicing physicians to become the next generation of leaders in environmental pediatrics and preventive medicine. The capstone of our medical education program is a three-year postdoctoral fellowship in pediatric environmental health, supported by the National Institutes of Health, which trains young pediatricians and doctorally trained scientists to become future specialists in environmental pediatrics.

We educate public officials and policy makers so that they can set policies, enact laws, and establish regulations that protect children. Our doctors and scientists have presented evidence-based testimony before the US Congress, the President’s Cancer Panel, the New York and Connecticut State Legislatures, the New York City Department of Health, and county legislatures.

We educate parents about environmental threats to children’s health so that they are empowered to make wise choices to protect their children. The book Raising Healthy Children in a Toxic World: 101 Smart Solutions for Every Family, by CEHC director Philip J. Landrigan, MD, MSc (Rodale Press, 2002) contains much helpful information.