How and where we live, eat, sleep, work, and play, can have huge impacts on our health! These factors have especially large impacts during pregnancy and in early child years, but continue to be vital throughout our lives. We created Prescriptions for Prevention to guide parents and caregivers in the best actions they can take to protect children’s environmental health and prevent future harm. These materials are based off of our clinician facing Pediatric Environmental Health Toolkit (PEHT), featuring evidence-based overviews on health hazards related to air, water, food and consumer products. Two key groups of concern are Hazards, and Sources. Hazards are the different kinds of harms we are concerned about, like groups of toxic chemicals. Sources are where harms may come from, like our food or water. Click each below to learn more about how to protect your child! Be sure to scroll down further to check out our animated video series too!

Click the following two categories below to view materials in both Spanish and English! ​

Environmental Hazards

  • Arsenic
  • Asbestos
  • BPA
  • CO
  • Lead
  • Mercury
  • Mold
  • Nitrates
  • PAHs
  • Particles and Nitrogen Oxides
  • PBDEs
  • PCBs and Dioxin
  • Pesticides
  • PFAS
  • Phthalates
  • Radon
  • Second-hand Smoke and Ecigs
  • VOCs

Exposure Sources

  • Baby Foods
  • Climate Change
  • Consumer Products
  • Dust
  • Food
  • Human Milk
  • Indoor Air
  • Natural Disasters
  • Outdoor Air
  • Plastics
  • Soil
  • Water

Developed in partnership with:

This project was led by: James Earl Schier Nolan, MPH (WS PEHSU and EaRTH Center), Stephanie Holm, MD, PhD, MPH, Mark Miller, MD, MPH and Maria Valenti. Graphic design by Steve Burdick.

Contributors and subject authors include: Content contributors include: Anthony Lopez, Bryan Ramirez, Elizabeth Cheung, Erica Chung, Hannah El-Sabrout, Ignacio “Nacho” Santana, Jose Maldonado, Kali Sullivan, Keo Chui, Madeleine Ambrose, Natasha Gonzalez, Nathaniel Tsiperfal, Rachana Mudipalli, Sonja Swenson, Valerie Gallardo, and Zoë Gilbard.

Project supported by: the UCSF Environmental Research and Translation for Health (EaRTH) Center via the core center grant P30-ES030284 from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), funded (in part) by a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (CDC/ATSDR). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supports the PEHSUs by providing partial funding to CDC/ATSDR through an Inter-Agency Agreement. The findings and conclusions presented have not been formally disseminated by CDC/ATSDR, NIEHS, or EPA and should not be construed to represent any agency determination or policy. Use of trade names that may be mentioned is for identification only and does not imply endorsement by the CDC/ATSDR, NIEHS, or EPA.