CEHC experts have developed interdisciplinary teams to more comprehensively study the effects of environmental exposures on child health and development. Our research is then used to educate communities, parents, and caregivers on the environmental risks factors (chemicals, nutrition and social factors) so that children can reach their full potential physically, mentally, and socially.
Many positive public health interventions over the last 30 years have reduced pollution and in many ways, children in America have benefitted from reductions in lead exposure and cleaner air and water. However, chronic diseases such as autism, asthma, obesity, and learning disabilities are much more common now than in the past. Genetics cannot explain these increases over such short time frames. Whatever the underlying causes are for these increased rates of disease, we know they must be environmental.
The development of more research is desperately needed if we are to prevent these childhood diseases and educate families on reducing risks. Our team is dedicated to researching how the environment plays a critical role in the rise of chronic childhood diseases like food allergies, diabetes, asthma, learning disabilities, autism, and obesity. We have developed many cutting edge methods to study the thousands of chemical and physical environmental conditions that shape child health and development and will continue to do so in the coming years.