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Children's Environmental Health

Children's Environmental Health


Have questions about an environmental health concern?

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The Great Lakes Center for Children's Environmental Health was established in 1999 in partnership with the United States Environmental Protection Agency(EPA) and the Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry (ATSDR) to promote and protect children's health through prevention, education, diagnosis and treatment of environmentally related diseases. View our brochure here.

Our team of health professionals encompass diverse areas of expertise including medical toxicology, pediatrics, occupational/environmental medicine, emergency medicine, pulmonology and developmental pediatrics.

Our primary area of focus is Region 5 which includes the states of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. We are one of ten Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units across the country dedicated to children's environmental health issues.‌

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.

Worried about your child's exposure to flame retardant chemicals? Click this link to view the presentation (PowerPoint).

View an EPA flyer to help reduce exposure here.

East Chicago, Indiana struggles with soil contamination with lead and arsenic. See Dr. Susan Buchanan's presentation on the health effects of lead and arsenic, given at a community meeting in East Chicago on September 24, 2016. Click this link to view the presentation (PowerPoint).

 Looking for well researched and thoughtful posts about Children's Environmental Health issues? Follow our blog, Green Kids Doc, to learn more and interact with our staff and medical residents.

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The Great Lakes Center for Children's Environmental Health links professionals at the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Science System, Stroger Hospital of Cook County in Chicago, and Cincinnati Children's Hospital. We also have affiliate physicians in each state in our region (mentioned above). The Center aims to achieve this by:

  • Serving as an information resource for health care professionals and the general public on children's environmental health issues
  • Providing consultation to public health and environmental agencies
  • Training pediatricians, environmental and occupational medicine physicians, medical toxicologists, and other health professionals
  • Disseminating information through Medical Grand Rounds, conferences, and public education efforts
  • Conducting research aimed at preventing children's environmental diseases
  • Promoting sound local, regional, and national policies that protect children's health and the environment and that promote environmental justice
  • Providing clinical evaluation services for children with environmental illnesses or overexposures


Dr. Buchanan was featured in the news discussing lead in Chicago's water supply.



The PEHSU website is supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and funded (in part) by the cooperative agreement FAIN: U61TS000237-03 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. Neither EPA nor ATSDR endorse the purchase of any commercial products or services mentioned in PEHSU publications.

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