The following sites provide reliable information on the connections between the environment and health. These resources include information on specific environmental hazards, emerging issues, and broader programs to protect children and families from environmental exposures.
The links are organized into the following categories:
Asthma and Respiratory
Prenatal and Reproductive Health
Environmental Health in Early Child Care and Education Project
Schools and Early Child Care and Education
Community Health and Environmental Justice
General Information Links
Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Centers
Beginning in 1904, Breathe California has worked to reduce the impact of lung disease through prevention, education, advocacy and patient services.
American Lung Association
This page contains asthma information for both the general public and health professionals, and includes important resources for engaging in advocacy efforts to promote clean air and asthma-friendly environments.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Center for Disease Control's National Asthma Control Program
EPA's AirNow Website contains local ambient air quality information and ozone maps.
Taking on Asthma
A joint initiative of the American Association of Health Plans (AAHP) and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI).
University of California, Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center
The site contains information on the latest research demonstrating the effects of ozone air pollution on plants. There is also information specific to the San Joaquin Valley's air quality and pollution-related games and information for school children.
U.S. EPA Asthma Science Notebook
This page uses interactive media including videos, podcasts, interviews, etc. to describe environmental contributions and risk factors for asthma. It also details disparities in asthma prevalence and EPA approaches to reducing population-level risk.
California Department of Public Health
The California Environmental Health Tracking Program provides data, indicators, and information to help track asthma in California. The site allows users to generate maps, tables, and charts to view the impact of asthma in a particular area or for a specific segment of the population.
Fresno Asthmatic Children’s Environment Study (FACES)
This website describes the work of UC Berkeley researchers on the health effects of air pollution on children with asthma in the Central Valley. The site links to newsletters and scientific publications detailing their research findings.
Cleaning Up a Broken CFL
What to Do if a Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) Bulb or Fluorescent Tube Light Bulb Breaks in Your Home
Simple advice for a common problem from the US Environmental Protection Agency.
A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home
A guide to preventing and remediating household problems with moisture and mold from the US Environmental Protection Agency.
The Environmental Health Investigations Branch (EHIB) Indoor Mold Website
The Environmental Health Investigations Branch of the CA Department of Public Health maintains a website of information on indoor mold linking to frequently asked questions, technical papers, and fact sheets.
Information on Environmental Chemicals and Pregnancy
The UCSF Program Reproductive Health and the Environment was founded in 2007 by Dr. Linda C. Giudice, chair of OB/GYN at UCSF, in order to meet the need for continued environmental reproductive health research and for the translation of science into preventive policy action, enhanced health care and heightened public awareness.
Prenatal Environmental Health Kiosk
The Prenatal Environmental Health Kiosk is an interactive tutorial developed by the Center for Environmental Research and Children's Health at UC Berkeley. Dr. Miller of the UCSF PEHSU was an expert scientists/reviewer on the project. It contains useful information in English and Spanish on prenatal environmental health topics and practical recommendations for prevention of harmful exposures.
Many young children spend the majority of their waking hours in child care facilities. The health impacts of environmental health exposures are especially important for this age group. For these reasons, the UCSF PEHSU has started a new program, the Promoting Environmental Health in Early Care and Education Project. This project will extend the work of the PEHSU’s Program Coordinator, Vickie Leonard, in greening child care environments. This work is based on two Toolkits developed with funding from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation: Integrated Pest Management: A Toolkit for Early Care and Education, and Green Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting: A Toolkit for Early Care and Education. New work on PCBs in schools and child care centers is in the planning stages. Visit the Promoting Environmental Health in Early Care and Education Project page.
The Integrated Pest Management Toolkit for Early Care and Education Programs (pdf)
Practical information about using integrated pest management (IPM) to prevent and manage pest problems in early care and education programs. The Toolkit includes: A curriculum booklet, Integrated Pest Management: A Curriculum for Early Care and Education Programs, which includes general information about IPM, the Healthy Schools Act, what you need to know about pests and pesticides, how to implement IPM, and appendices with sample policies, forms and letters. These materials were developed by the University of California (UC), San Francisco School of Nursing's California Childcare Health Program, UC Berkeley's Center for Children's Environmental Health Research, UC Statewide IPM Program and the California Department of Pesticide Regulation.
Green Cleaning, Sanitizing, and Disinfecting: A Toolkit for Early Care and Education
Links to downloadable presentations, posters, factsheets, and curriculum with practical information on how to keep early child care and education environments clean and safe. This site includes information on products and practices that minimize hazardous exposures and protect children and staff from infectious agents.
Healthy Schools Network
The Healthy Schools Network is a nonprofit organization that partners with the EPA and CDC to promote children’s environmental health at school. The site contains literature about toxins in schools, as well as interactive guides and resources for children.
EPA Brochure – Mold Remediation in Schools and Commercial Buildings
Guidance from the Environmental Protection Agency on mold prevention and remediation. The Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools kit also contains helpful school-related resources on mold and indoor air quality: http://www.epa.gov/iaq/schools/index.html.
UCSF California Childcare Health Program – Publications and Resources
This UCSF affiliated community based program produces many factsheets and resources for both families and childcare providers. Of particular importance for environmental health are two training curricula for education professionals: Childcare Lead Poisoning Prevention and Integrated Pest Management.
California Safe Cosmetics Program Product Database
The California Department of Public Health developed a searchable cosmetics database that allows professionals and consumers to access information about specific products, companies, or chemical ingredients, and learn about how chemical exposure can affect health. The information is based on a California cosmetics law that requires companies to report products containing ingredients known or suspected to cause cancer or reproductive harm.
U.S. EPA Design for the Environment
EPA's Design for the Environment program helps consumers, businesses, and institutional buyers identify cleaning and other products that perform well, are cost-effective, and are safer for the environment. On the site, they maintain a categorized list of all products that have a DfE label under their Safer Products Labeling Program.
Environmental Working Group Cosmetics Database
This site contains a searchable database that provides safety ratings for cosmetics, as well as shopping guides for purchasing safer and more environmentally-friendly consumer products.
GoodGuide in an on-line database and mobile application that provides scientific information and rankings on health, environment, and social responsibility for products and companies.
National Resources Defense Council – History of the Environmental Justice Movement
A detailed history of the origins and progress of the environmental justice movement, including important milestones such as President Clinton’s Executive Order on Environmental Justice.
Community Health Studies
The Community Health Studies website was created by the Environmental Health Investigations Branch within the California Department of Public Health. The site provides background information on health studies designed to assess links between environmental exposures and illness. It also explains the limitations of health studies and explores alternatives to these studies for communities exposed to contaminants.
National Center for Medical Legal Partnership
Information on model partnerships between health care facilities and legal aid centers with resources for emerging and active partnerships.
CDC National Public Health Tracking Network
The Tracking Network contains maps, data, and charts about chemicals and disease in the area where you live.
National Library of Medicine – Tox Town
Tox Town is an interactive site that explores toxic chemicals and neighborhood health in cities, towns, ports, farms, US border regions, and the US Southwest. There is also a curriculum to teach middle school students about the connection between the environment and health.
Columbia Center for Children’s Environmental Health
The Center has developed downloadable health education materials (available in English and Spanish) that cover topics such as pesticides, indoor air, stress, and BPA.
Migrant Clinicians Network
Resources for clinicians including patient education materials, clinical guidelines, research guidelines, and other tools that address a variety of primary care issues. Bilingual patient information is also available on pesticide safety practices.
National Pesticide Information Center
The National Pesticide Information Center is affiliated with the EPA and Oregon State University to provide information on pesticide-related topics including environmental fate, regulations, and health effects. They operate a bilingual telephone hotline and develop publications and websites with pesticide risk information.
The Children's Environmental Health Network (CEHN)
CEHN is an organization with a strong basis in pediatrics and environmental health science dedicated to protecting children from environmental hazards. Their website reviews an important new research article relevant to pediatric environmental health each month. Each article summary contains the abstract, a link to the full text, and an analysis of the policy implications of the article.
American Academy of Pediatrics – Council on Environmental Health
This page links to policy documents authored by the Council on topics such as pesticides, tobacco, and drinking water risks. It also contains information on scientific presentations and sessions related to environmental health at the AAP National Conference.
CDC National Center for Environmental Health
The NCEH homepage houses a comprehensive index of specific environmental hazards, and also includes information related to emergency management, health studies, and laboratory investigations on environmental health issues.
Harvard University Center on the Developing Child
The Harvard Center on the Developing Child seeks to leverage growing scientific knowledge of health, learning, and behavior to explain the early roots of lifelong impairment. The Center is also committed to translating this science to develop innovative programs and science-based policies that promotes healthy development and reduces preventable disparities in well-being. The site features many publications, videos, and reports on the science of early childhood, interventions, global child development, and foundations of lifelong health.
EPA Region 9 Children’s Environmental Health
EPA’s Pacific Southwest Office has a number of programs to address children’s environmental health issues including pesticides, asthma triggers, lead, and mercury. The site contains contact information for EPA Regional Coordinators on children’s environmental health and specific exposures of concern.
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry published Toxicological Profiles on chemical substances that summarize the relevant literature on health effects. The National Library of Medicine maintains TOXNET, a searchable database of chemicals and other environmental hazards.
EPA/NIEHS Children’s Environmental Health Centers
The Environmental Protection Agency and National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences fund several research centers across the country dedicated to understanding how environmental factors affect children’s health, and promoting translation of basic research findings into interventions to prevent adverse health outcomes.
California-Based Children’s Environmental Health Research Centers
- UC Davis Center for Children’s Environmental Health – Research on autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.
- Center for Integrative Research on Childhood Leukemia and the Environment (CIRCLE – UC Berkeley) – CIRCLE's scientists collaborate in new ways and use the latest methods to search for the causes of leukemia in children.
- Center for Environmental Research & Children’s Health (CERCH – UC Berkeley) – CHAMACOS is a longitudinal birth cohort study that examines environmental exposures and health effects of children born in the agricultural Salinas Valley.
- Children’s Environmental Health Center (UC Berkeley/Stanford) – Research on early life exposures to air pollutants in California’s San Joaquin Valley.
- UCSF Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE – UC San Francisco) – Research, clinical, and policy interventions to highlight connections between reproductive and prenatal health and the environment.
- The Southern California Children's Environmental Health Center (USC) - Conducts research in order to develop a better understanding of the causes of childhood obesity and effective preventive intervention.