Welcome to the University of California, San Francisco, Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (UCSF PEHSU).
We are part of a network across North America dedicated to providing expertise on the connection between children’s health and the environment. Children are uniquely vulnerable to environmental contaminants because they are still developing and their behavior can expose them more hazards. The UCSF PEHSU aims to reduce these risks by providing training for health professionals, offering consultations to families and communities, and developing educational resources on environmental health issues that affect children.
This site connects information and resources on a variety of environmental health topics and describes current activities of the UCSF PEHSU.
UCSF PEHSU exists to improve the recognition and management of environmental health problems among children. This page contains information relevant to clinicians regarding the latest research and recommendations relevant to protecting children from specific environmental contaminants. We also provide educational resources for clinicians to further explore the impacts of the environment on children’s health.
U.S. EPA releases the Third Edition of the report America's Children and the Environment. The report can be can be downloaded at: http://www.epa.gov/ace/index.html
Symposium on Cumulative Impacts and Children's Environmental Health - January 16 to 17, 2013, at the Cal EPA Building in Sacramento. Information at: http://circle.berkeley.edu/
A new PEHSU Fact Sheet with Information on Arsenic in Food can be found on our Fact Sheets page.
A Network of Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSUs): Filling a Critical Gap in the Health Care System (pdf)
UCSF PEHSU staff Mark Miller and Christine Zachek co-authored a paper on the origin, model, future directions, and challenges of the PEHSU network.