Fact Sheets and Resources
Investigating Environmental Contamination: A Guide for Communities
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
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
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
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
Interested in updates on your local air quality? Follow this link for the Chicagoland area or search for your own hometown here.
Looking for a way to take prenatal environmental exposure history in clinic? View our form here.
Worried about your child’s exposure to flame retardant chemicals? View an EPA flyer to help reduce exposure here.
Find tools, resources, and information you need.
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- Center for Health, Environment and Justice
- Children’s Environmental Health Indicators
- Children’s Environmental Health Network
- Environmental Working Group
- Fish Consumption in Pregnancy
- Healthy Schools Network
- Illinois Department of Public Health Children’s Product Safety
- International Joint Commission
- Lead Safe Illinois
- Midwest Pesticide Action Center
- National Center for Environmental Health
- National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health & Safety
- National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
- Pan American Health Organization
- Pesticide Action Network of North America
- Physicians for Social Responsibility
- Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment
- Respiratory Health Association
- World Health Organization
- United Nations Children’s Fund