Children’s health has changed for the better: thanks to public health innovations, infectious diseases are no longer the primary cause of morbidity and mortality. But, today’s children are afflicted with chronic diseases that start in childhood (and often evolve into adulthood) with debilitating effects on not just the children themselves, but their families and communities. Environmental factors play a dominant role.
Thankfully, most diseases of environmental origin are preventable. The NYS Centers of Excellence in Children’s Environmental Health are a network of clinics and health providers who can help answer your questions on environmental issues that affect the health of children.
According to the World Health Organization, environmental exposures are responsible for 35% of all childhood disease and deaths worldwide. The cost of environmental disease in New York State is over $4 billion per year. Many of the environmental exposures that cause illness can be prevented by established, cost-effective interventions.
What is the Environment?
When it comes to the health of children, the environment is everything the child interacts with: the air, the water, the products and chemicals of our daily lives. Even more pervasively, a child’s health depends on the effects of the social environment, the qualities of the neighborhood, the economic and educational opportunities, et al.
That’s a lot for a parent to think about, especially when accurate information is hard to find. Is my daughter’s asthma caused by something in my home? Is my son’s autism caused by chemicals in the products we use?
We’re here to help. If you can’t find the information you’re looking for, you can contact the Center nearest you using the email form or the phone number.