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Mission Statement

The mission of the Children's Environmental Health Institute is to support education initiatives to improve children's health with an emphasis on their micro (immediate area) environments.


The Children's Environmental Health Institute (CEHI) was established in 1999 to address adverse health effects to children occurring as a consequence of their exposure to environmental toxic substances.

We are committed to decreasing the prevalence and consequences of environmentally related childhood diseases and establishing networks and ways of distributing information that will protect children.

The Children's Environmental Health Institute protects children's health by connecting professionals, advocates and parents to information on the health risks to children from their exposure to environmental toxins.

The intersection between environmental toxins and child development is a new area of public health science. It is only in the recently that we have begun to grasp the potential health affects to our children.

The home, school, and childcare center, where children spend most of their time, are the locations of highest concern for exposures to environmental health hazards.

Childhood cancer, respiratory and asthma, endocrine disrupters, neurological disorders, children in nature and the impact of the built environment on children’s health have been addressed at scientific sympsoia by the Children's Environmental Health Institute.

Major sponsors have included the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), Texas Medical Association, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Southwest Center for Pediatric Environmental Health and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas.

The Children's Environmental Health Institute program, Picture the Children, is a series of photography exhibits that aspires to step back from the many troubling environmental health issues to capture its opposite: the potential for health. Currently our Children in Nature Photo Exhibit is on display at the Dell Pediatric Research Institute.

The Children and Their FoodPhoto Exhibit will be displayed at the Seventh Biennial Scientific Symposium on Environmental Health Risks in Schools. The symposium will be hosted at the Dell Children's Medical Center on October 25 & 26, 2012.



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