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SOHcover_squareThe Story of Health eBook

When a disease or health disorder occurs, people often ask their health care providers, “How did this happen?” A Story of Health multi-media eBook explores this question and delves into how our environments interact with our genes to influence health across the lifespan.  A Story of Health is told through the lives of fictional characters and their families – Brett, a young boy with asthma; Amelia, a teenager with developmental disabilities; and toddler Stephen, recently diagnosed with leukemia. Colorful illustrations, graphics and videos enhance each page. Links to a wide range of additional resources and hundreds of scientific papers enrich each story with information you can use today to promote health and prevent disease. A Story of Health is useful to readers ranging from health professionals to health advocates, from policymakers to those in the health and science media. The eBook offers FREE continuing education credits through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).

Protecting the Health of Children: A National Snapshot of Environmental Health Services

The goals of this study were to 1) establish what services are necessary to protect children, 2) determine if and how well gov-ernment agencies offer those services to the public and 3) hear from community members and service providers about their experiences. APHA collected feedback from subject matter experts to identify 210 environmental health services that should be systemati-cally provided to children across the country. Because consumers are most likely to look for health information online, APHA conducted a national scan of state departments of health and environmental quality websites to see if these services are available. Results show gaps, largely around services that would be of direct benefit to the health of children.

Kidactivities-large-designs Environment, Kids Health
A resource for kids, parents, and teachers to find fun and educational materials related to health, science, and the environment we live in today. Created by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.


Save Insects
A child’s website dedicated to engaging children in preserving the habitats of insects and connecting to the natural world.  Her Living Greenways Campaign provides concrete projects that promote habitat conservation. A great example of how even children can be involved in improving our environment.


The Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN) CEHN is an organization with a strong basis in pediatrics and environmental health science dedicated to protecting children from environmental hazards. Their website reviews an important new research article relevant to The Children's Environmental Health Networkpediatric environmental health each month. Each article summary contains the abstract, a link to the full text, and an analysis of the policy implications of the article.



CDC National Center for Environmental HealthCDC National Center for Environmental Health
The NCEH homepage houses a comprehensive index of specific environmental hazards, and also includes information related to emergency management, health studies, and laboratory investigations on environmental health issues.


Harvard University Center on the Developing ChildHarvard University Center on the Developing Child
The Harvard Center on the Developing Child seeks to leverage growing scientific knowledge of health, learning, and behavior to explain the early roots of lifelong impairment. The Center is also committed to translating this science to develop innovative programs and science-based policies that promotes healthy development and reduces preventable disparities in well-being. The site features many publications, videos, and reports on the science of early childhood, interventions, global child development, and foundations of lifelong health.


EPA Region 9 Children’s Environmental HealthEPA Region 9 Children’s Environmental Health
EPA’s Pacific Southwest Office has a number of programs to address children’s environmental health issues including pesticides, asthma triggers, lead, and mercury. The site contains contact information for EPA Regional Coordinators on children’s environmental health and specific exposures of concern.


Chemical-Specific Databases

Chemical-Specific Databases
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry published Toxicological Profiles on chemical substances that summarize the relevant literature on health effects. The National Library of Medicine maintains TOXNET, a searchable database of chemicals and other environmental hazards.


Pediatric Environmental Health ToolkitPediatric Environmental Health Toolkit
This link is designed for clinicians, but we believe is useful toolkit for the general public that features a combination of easy-to-use reference guides for health providers and user friendly health education materials on preventing exposures to toxic chemicals and other substances that affect infant and child health.