Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit

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. PEHSU East (Federal Regions 1-5) is managed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and PEHSU West (Federal Regions 6-10) is managed by the American College of Medical Toxicology. There are also satellite PEHSUs in Canada, Mexico, Argentina and Europe.

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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).

We sponsor educational fellowships, research, seminars, and career development at the Mount Sinai Health System and throughout Federal Region II, which includes New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Center serves as the clinical practice for the Mount Sinai Pediatric Environmental Health Fellowship, and the Pediatric Environmental Health Electives Program.

We educate students, physicians-in-training, healthcare providers, parents, community members, governmental agencies, the media, and legislators about environmental health exposures in children and pregnant women.

Healthcare Provider Training:

We prioritize training healthcare providers to increase awareness and knowledge about reproductive and environmental health within the medical community. We aim to build the capacity of front-line providers to deliver the education and care needed to protect children from environmental exposures. Our expert faculty participate in Grand Rounds, teach courses in medical and public health school, develop and run workshops, and present on environmental health topics at local, regional, and national venues. To inquire about inviting one of our experts to speak, please email pehsu@mssm.edu

Community Outreach:

Community outreach helps us understand the concerns of the communities we serve and provides an opportunity to teach families key strategies to reduce environmental exposures. Outreach efforts are often done in partnership with local organizations. Our faculty and staff participate in community meetings, sit on advisory councils, work on community-based participatory research projects, and collaborate with diverse organizations.

To expand clinical services and educational programs in children's environmental health beyond the New York City area, the Region 2 PEHSU has worked with the New York State Assembly, the New York State Senate and the New York State Department of Health to build a statewide Network of Children’s Environmental Health Centers

In addition to the NYC Children’s Environmental Health Center at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, the network currently consists of six other Environmental Health Centers serving all regions of the state including:

Clinical Evaluations:

The Pediatric Environmental Health Clinic provides outpatient (in person) clinical evaluations and coordinated services for children with known or suspected exposures to environmental toxins.  We focus on helping families and communities promote healthy environments where children live, play, and learn. Our clinic is located at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan.

For more information: http://icahn.mssm.edu/environmentalpeds

Consultations for Healthcare Providers:

Healthcare providers can contact our experts at the PEHSU for a consultation to assist with the recognition, management, and prevention of environmentally-related health effects in children and pregnant women. Our experts also provide evidence-based information to answer questions providers may have regarding reproductive and pediatric environmental health issues. To request a consultation, call 1-866-265-6201 or email us at PEHSU@mssm.edu.

Consultations for Families and Communities:

The Mount Sinai PEHSU serves as a source of information and guidance for families with concerns about pediatric or reproductive environmental health.  We can help identify situations where there is high risk for environmental exposures, answer questions about possible health effects of suspected or confirmed exposures, provide advice on preventing or reducing harmful exposures, and work with healthcare providers to manage care if an exposure has occurred.

To request a consultation, call 1-866-265-6201 or email us at PEHSU@mssm.edu. A team member will respond to your request between 1 and 7 business days. If you or your child are currently experiencing symptoms, please see a medical provider. For immediate assistance with concerns about a suspected exposure or acute poisoning, contact the Poison Center at (1-800-222-1222) 24 hours a day/7 days a week. 

We have been actively engaged in a number of important projects, including some that have received notable grants to make them possible.

Projects

  • Coordinating Center for: New York Statewide Children’s Environmental Health Centers 
  • Environmental Protection Agency Making a Visible Difference in Communities Initiative
  • U.S. Virgin Islands & Puerto Rico Children’s Environmental Health Initiatives: Disaster Recovery, Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in schools, building capacity for children’s environmental health services
  • Project: Improving environmental health resources in primary care
  • Project: Screening families for social and environmental determinants of health using an electronic platform screening tool

Support and Grants

  • PEHSU Managers:

This website was supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and funded (in part) by the cooperative agreement FAIN: 5 NU61TS000237-04 from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). Acknowledgement: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supports the PEHSU by providing partial funding to ATSDR under Inter-Agency Agreement number DW-75-95877701-4. Neither EPA nor ATSDR endorse the purchase of any commercial products or services mentioned in PEHSU publications.

Maida Galvez, MD, MPH
PEHSU Director, Associate Professor, Departments of Environmental Medicine and Public Health, and the Department of Pediatrics

Perry Sheffield, MD, MPH
PEHSU Deputy Director, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health, and the Department of Pediatrics

Philip J. Landrigan, MD, MSc
Senior PEHSU Faculty, Professor and Dean for Global Health

Robert Wright, MD, MPH
Toxicologist, Ethel H. Wise Professor and Chair, Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health

Joel Forman, MD
Pediatrician, Associate Professor, Departments of Pediatrics and Environmental Medicine and Public Health

John Meyer, MD, MPH
Reproductive Environmental Health, Associate Professor, Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health

Katherine Chen, MD, MPH
Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science

Lauren Zajac, MD, MPH
PEHSU Pediatrician, Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health

Bambi Fisher, LCSW
Pediatric Social Worker, Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health

Sarah Evans, PhD
PEHSU Outreach and Education, Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health

Norman Zuckerman, MS
PEHSU Industrial Hygienist, Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health

Homero Harari, ScD
PEHSU Industrial Hygienist, Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health

Marisela Bolanos
Region 2 PEHSU Coordinator, Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health

Michael Ejiogu, MPH
Program Coordinator, NYS Children’s Environmental Health Centers, Department of Environmental Medicine and Public Health

 

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