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Climate Change

Climate Change

Explore this page:  How Climate Change Impacts Children’s Health | How To Protect Children | Our Climate Change Programs Children’s bodies are not built to handle extremes – too much heat, pollution or stress can have dire consequences on their growth and development. Unfortunately, our rapidly changing and warming climate is leading us to a future…

Pilot Projects

As part of our NIEHS grant, our Center is tasked with awarding funds to local universities, institutions and community groups to develop pilot projects that improve children’s environmental health. Funded projects can range from lab studies and innovative field sampling to translational projects that test out interventions in the real world. Explore our three Pilot…

Asthma Mother giving daughter inhaler.


Explore this page:  How to Protect Children | Reduce Asthma Triggers | Our Programs | Our Researchers What is asthma? Asthma is a chronic lung disease that causes the airways to be inflamed, leaving less room for air to move through the lungs. This can cause trouble breathing and attacks of coughing, wheezing and chest tightness….

Air Pollution A look at the city Philadelphia skyline and the roofs of houses.

Air Pollution

Explore this page:  What Causes Pollution? | How to Protect Children | Our Programs | Monitoring Tools | Our Researchers Air pollution can turn a child’s life upside-down. While playing outside on a sunny day, high air pollution levels can cause sickness and trigger asthma and chronic conditions. It can force kids inside when they…

Toxic Chemicals – EDCs Pregnant woman looking at label of baby food in a grocery store aisle.

Toxic Chemicals – EDCs

Explore this page:  What are EDCs? | How to protect children | Our Programs | Our Researchers EDCs are everywhere Although endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) may sound complicated, these chemicals are found throughout our daily lives. They have many different names and science has only recently begun to identify the impacts of this class of chemicals. Some…

Lead Pipe with valve.


Explore this page:  Lead and children’s health | Ways to reduce exposure to lead | Our Programs | Our Researchers When you buy gasoline and indoor house paint today, you’ll see “unleaded” or “lead free”. Unfortunately, this wasn’t always the case. It once was standard for all paints and gasoline to have lead, which found its…


Our members represent multiple Philadelphia regional universities and institutions with specialties in pediatrics, toxicology, neonatology, occupational and environmental medicine, nursing, social sciences, implementation science, bioinformatics, epidemiology and more. What unites them is a focus on children’s environmental health research and healthcare. We’re always looking for new members! To be eligible, at least part of your…

About Family having fun outside under holiday lights.


The Philadelphia Regional Center for Children’s Environmental Health strives to improve the health and wellness of children across the country, by first starting in our own backyard: Philadelphia and the surrounding region. The children in our area face many environmental threats and health problems– asthma, lead poisoning, air pollution and toxic chemicals. Together, our partners…

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