The following organizations are trusted sources for understanding the links between human health, especially the health of children, and toxics in the environment:
The Maryland Pesticide Network (MPN) is committed to providing the public, health care providers, public health and environmental health professionals and advocates, scientists and policymakers with up-to date information on pesticides and their impact on public health and the environment. View their resource page
Maryland PIRG works with state lawmakers and our powerful coalition, connecting concerned citizens with their representatives, and reaching out to the media in our fight to make Maryland toxics-free. View their resources and publications
Environmental Working Group provides resources, reports, and consumer guides to empower individuals and parents to take action and protect themselves or their children against harmful chemical. View their research
The Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment (MACCHE) provides consultation and education to families and health providers about kids and environmental hazards.
The Children’s Environmental Health Network is a national multi-disciplinary organization whose mission is to protect the developing child from environmental health hazards and promote a healthier environment.
The following articles and reports offer additional information on selected topics:
- Advocating for Healthy Schools
A presentation by Veronika Carella, MdEHN steering committee members and Legislative Director of Maryland Children’s Environmental Health Coalition, on advocating for healthier schools in Maryland and the differences between green versus healthy schools.
- ‘Chemical Brain Drain’ Endangers Generations of Children
Dr. Philippe Grandjean has studied children in the U.S., Denmark and the Faroe Islands, as well as parts of South America and Asia, and has published about 500 scientific papers on his findings which link learning abilities in children to environmental exposures.
- The Maryland Chapter: American Academy of Pediatrics (MDAAP) has had a long and distinguished history of advocacy and support for Maryland children and their health care needs. Read Dr. Michael Ichniowski, articles on Toxic Topics, on environmental health for medical practitioners in MDAAP’s newsletter.
- Environmental Health Assessment Form – Planned Parenthood Survey on Chemical Toxins
Every day, we eat, drink, breathe, and touch chemicals that exist around us. This assessment will help you identify some of your exposures to common chemicals. Developed by Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Once you complete the assessment, check out the fact sheets below for information on common chemical toxins that can impact human health.
Fish Fact Sheet – Fruits and Vegetables Fact Sheet –Personal Care Products Fact Sheet – Pesticides Fact Sheet – Plastic Fact Sheet – Smoke Fact Sheet – Lead Fact Sheet
- Integrated Pest Management Presentation
Matt Wallach, Project Director, IPM in Health Care Facilities & Community Outreach Project
“Reducing harmful chemicals for patients, staff, and the environment through the adoption of green practices.”
- Framework for a Sustainable Future
Jay Feldman, Director, Beyond Pesticides
“Why Risk Assessment Has Not Worked for Pesticide Safety and Green Alternatives Adoption”
- Presentation on Considerations for EH Impacts of Artificial Playgrounds
Veronika Carella prepared this presentation on considerations for the environmental health impacts of artificial turf in recreational areas. The presentation includes contacts and resources for communities considering artificial turf.
Healthy Schools Network Resource – Playgrounds and Toxic Threats
- Towards Healthy Schools – Healthy Schools Network
A presentation by Claire L. Barnett, Executive Director of the national Healthy Schools Network, on the issues and barriers to creating healthier schools.