The Region 2 Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU) is one of 10 regional federally funded clinical and educational centers. The mission of the PEHSU is to provide clinical consultation and education to families, health care professionals, public health officials, and community organizations who have concerns regarding environmental exposures in children and pregnant women.
The Region 2 PEHSU is located in New York City at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and serves New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and is a member of a national network of PEHSUs. The PEHSU network is managed by the American Academy of Pediatrics. There are also satellite PEHSUs in Canada, Mexico, Argentina and Europe.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have compiled the following resources to help keep families safe throughout NY, NJ, PR, and the USVI. Check out our fact sheet on Safe Cleaning in the Home for guidelines on how to safely use cleaning and disinfecting chemicals in the home. Healthcare providers may also use our Prescription for Preventions on Green Cleaning (en español) and Disinfecting (en español) to educate the families they serve on safer cleaning practices. For the most up to date versions of these resources, visit New York State Children’s Environmental Health Centers Network or the Transdisciplinary Center on Early Environmental Health Exposures.
Founded in 1999, our PEHSU has received core support from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).