Finger Lakes Children’s Environmental Health Center

Environmental health hazards include physical hazards and toxic substances that may enter our bodies through air, food, or water. They can have many negative effects on physical, mental, and emotional health. These effects can include:

  • Physical illness
  • Long lasting injury
  • Mental damage
  • Fertility problems
  • Miscarriages
  • Birth defects
  • Cancer

Some environmental health hazards can cause effects soon after exposure, while others may not cause effects for many years. Being aware of these hazards and taking action to avoid them contributes to a lifetime of well-being.

The Finger Lakes Children’s Environmental Health Center (FLCEHC) center serves all who are considering pregnancy or who are already pregnant or breastfeeding. Environmental exposures affect the mother and also can pass from her body to the baby through the placenta or breast milk These exposures can affect the baby’s growth and development. Breastfeeding is beneficial for both mother and baby so reducing exposure to environmental contaminants is important for long term health.

We serve children because they are at high risk for the effects of environmental exposure. Their brains and bodies are still developing, their hand-to-mouth behavior increases likelihood of ingesting toxic substances,and they spend more time close to the ground where hazards are often found. Children can be exposed in the home, playing outside, or in other buildings like daycare or school.

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The New York State Centers of Excellence in Children’s Environmental Health are dedicated to protecting and improving the health of New York State’s children in regard to potential adverse effects of environmental toxicants, for the purpose of promoting life-long health and well-being.

Our seven centers across the state provide local service and collaborative expertise for the public.  We endeavor to provide timely and accurate information to parents, educators, health providers, policy makers, et al.

To contact the Center nearest you, please search by county in the pulldown menu.

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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.

Click here to read the full report on New York State’s Children and the Environment.

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.