Fact Sheets and Resources

Fact Sheets

New guide- Steps to Reduce Exposures in the Home


Want to reduce your exposure to potentially harmful things in your environment? The home is a great place to start! Our new guide takes you through different rooms in a home and explains how to reduce exposures to things such as BPA, mold, pesticides, and lead.

APHA's "Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health & Housing Equity"

The American Public Health Association (APHA) announced the release of “Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health & Housing Equity.”

This report:

  • demonstrates how structural racism – particularly through policies – led to the current state of housing inequality in America.
  • examines how biased policies have impacted housing affordability, quality, safety and stability and resulted in disparate impacts to certain groups.
  • explains the link between poor housing and poor health.
  • outlines numerous ways to advance change in housing equity via policy, cross-sector partnerships and community engagement.

Investigating Environmental Contamination: A Guide for Communities

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The Region 5 PEHSU published Investigating Environmental Contamination: A Guide for Communities. The guide is for community members who are concerned about their environmental exposures in their neighborhood. It covers outdoor pollution in the air, soil, and water and offers resources specific for Region 5 states. It also includes a power mapping example to help community members advocate for change and take their environmental concerns to legislators. A printer-friendly version is also available. Please contact us if you would like us to send you hard copies.


A Resource Quick Guide is also available which provides a one-page table with links and descriptions for all the tools mentioned in the guide for communities.

Intro to Environmental Health

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This 10 minute video, by Dr. Beth Neary of the University of Wisconsin, provides an introduction to environmental exposures. This video was created for first year medical students.


Lead-Safe Toolkit for Home-Based Child Care

The Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN) recently developed the new Lead-Safe Toolkit for Home-Based Child Care can help family child care providers reduce lead hazards.  The Toolkit offers a range of resources including a poster and worksheets that provide easy-to-follow steps for finding out if lead hazards exist within a family child care home and what to do to reduce exposures (from water, paint, soil, dust, and commonly found consumer products).

America's Children and the Environment

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The USEPA recently released a report, America’s Children and the Environment, summarizing present data on children and environmental health and providing national children’s environmental health indicators. The report covers contaminants from criteria air pollutants, drinking water, and chemicals in food; biomonitoring for lead, mercury, and perfluorochemicals, and respiratory diseases and childhood cancer. The report can be viewed on EPA’s website: https://www.epa.gov/americaschildrenenvironment/americas-children-and-environment-october-2019

Conference Resources

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These are the resources mentioned during the 2019 reproductive environmental health conference Chemicals, Pollution, and Pregnancy.

CDC Guidelines for the Identification and Management of Lead Exposure in Pregnant and Lactating Women: https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/publications/leadandpregnancy2010.pdf

*Please note, as of 2012 CDC now uses a blood lead reference value of 5 micrograms per deciliter to identify children with blood lead levels that are much higher than most children’s levels. This new level is based on the U.S. population of children ages 1-5 years who are in the highest 2.5% of children when tested for lead in their blood.

ACOG Committee Opinion on Lead Screening During Pregnancy and Lactation: https://www.acog.org/Clinical-Guidance-and-Publications/Committee-Opinions/Committee-on-Obstetric-Practice/Lead-Screening-During-Pregnancy-and-Lactation?IsMobileSet=false

University of California San Francisco Pediatric Environmental Health Toolkit: https://peht.ucsf.edu

Consortium for Reproductive Environmental Health in Minority Communities’ Prenatal Environmental Exposure History: https://great-lakes.uic.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/480/2019/09/Env-history-form-10-2013.pdf

National Environmental Education Foundation Pediatric Environmental History Form: https://www.neefusa.org/resource/pediatric-environmental-history

Air quality index

Interested in updates on your local air quality? Follow this link for the Chicagoland area or search for your own hometown here.

Worried about your child’s exposure to flame retardant chemicals? View an EPA flyer to help reduce exposure here.