CEHN Tenth Annual Child Health Advocate Awards Reception

Washington, DC, District of Columbia
Thursday, November 12, 2015


The Children's Environmental Health Network is a national multi-disciplinary organization whose mission is to protect the developing child from environmental health hazards and promote a healthier environment.  

CEHN has been working since 1992 on education, protective policy and support of research vital to children’s environmental health protection. CEHN has a history of working with a wide range of stakeholders, from health care and child care professionals to faith and policy leaders, to parents and caregivers, and has partnered with local and national professional and advocacy organizations, and local, state and federal government agencies.  For more information, visit our website at www.cehn.org.

Major accomplishments include:


  • Sponsored first research workshop on children’s environmental health, bringing together researchers from different disciplines to undertake the challenge of merging pediatric and environmental research. The results of the workshop identified specific data gaps and specific research needs in the field (1993).
  • Sponsored first national symposium on children’s environmental health titled “Preventing Child Exposures to Environmental Hazards: Research and Policy Issues,” which created a basic policy and research framework for children’s environmental health and galvanized interest at the national level (1994). 
  • Organized the national research conference titled “Children’s Environmental Health: Research, Practice, Prevention and Policy,” that focused on five key research priority areas in the field of children’s environmental health: asthma and respiratory diseases; childhood cancer; endocrine disorders; neurodevelopmental effects; and cross-cutting issues (1997).
  • Held the first pediatric environmental health conference tailored for health care providers and faculty titled “Pediatric Environmental Health: Putting It Into Practice” in San Francisco (1999).
  • Hosted the first Global Forum on Children’s Environmental Health in the U.S.  Delegates from over 55 nations and 5 continents participated in this historic event (2001).
  • Organized a “Workshop on Ethical Issues in Children’s Environmental Health Research” (2004). 
  • Hosted premier pediatric epigenetics research conference, “The Contribution of Epigenetics in Pediatric Environmental Health” in 2012 to help celebrate our 20th anniversary!
  • Hosted successful 2015 pediatric research conference in Austin, TX on "Children: Food and Environment", which explored how the interactions between food and environmental factors affect children's health. 


  • Created first pediatric environmental health curriculum (1999). To date, it has been downloaded thousands of times from CEHN’s website. An updated curriculum has been published in June 2014.
  • Conducted first training of pediatric health professionals at the Ambulatory Pediatric Association Annual Meeting (1996).
  • Published first Resource Guide on Children’s Environmental Health (1997).
  • Performed outreach to key health professional organizations and trained over 500 health care providers and public health leaders on effective engagement on children’s health, environmental justice, and the linkages between exposure to environmental hazards and the health and welfare of children.
  •  Launched the first national environmental health training and assessment pilot program for child care providers/administrators, the Healthy Environments for Child Care and Preschools (HECCP) program (2004). To date, the HECCP has trained more than 1,200 child care professionals in California, Georgia, Texas, and the District of Columbia.
  • Began managing the Eco-Healthy Child Care Program in October 2010. This national environmental health training and assessment program has already endorsed 1,000 child care providers in 44 states. The Network’s expansion of this program will focus on 6 states per year, and working with child care training and licensing and professionals.   


  • The vision that CEHN outlined for addressing children’s issues -- Federal interagency coordination, EPA’s Office of Children’s Health Protection, research centers on children’s environmental health, and the National Children’s Study – have all become reality.
  • Pushed for the effective implementation of the Food Quality Protection Act, a pesticide reform bill that improved the protection of children (1996).
  •  Worked to halt the repeal of the Food Quality Protection Act. 
  •  Identified unethical industry testing of pesticides on humans.
  • Secured research funds for the child care environment.
  • Highlighted for policy makers the need to consider children in emerging issues such as climate change and reforming how we regulate chemicals.  
  • Convened a diverse group of visionary leaders in October 2014 at a historic Wingspread summit to chart a renewed vision and blueprint for protecting children's environmental health.
  • Co-hosted with the Center for Environmental Policy at American University's School of Public Affairs and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars a forum titled: "The Social and Economic Costs of Climate Change on Children's Health".  The forum included two panels of experts that discussed - with over 60 attendees from multiple sectors and backgrounds - the impacts of climate change on children's health and offered recommendations for preparing for, and mitigating these impacts. 


  • More than 50 staff, fellows, and graduate student assistants received on-the-job and hands-on education in the field of children’s environmental health as CEHN staff and volunteers.
  • CEHN’s Board of Directors includes key leaders in the pediatric environmental health arena. Additional guidance for CEHN’s work is provided by the Policy and Science Committees. Members of these committees represent various government, advocacy, community, and research leaders from around the country. 

Contact Information

  • Phone: 202-543-4033 ext. 12
    Email: rlocke@cehn.org


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