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.
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A Story of Health is a multimedia eBook that explores this question and delves into how our environments interact with our genes to influence health across the lifespan. A Story of Health is told through the lives of fictional characters and their families - Brett, a young boy with asthma; Amelia, a teenager with developmental disabilities; and toddler Stephen, recently diagnosed with leukemia. Each fictional case features the latest scientific research about disease origin and helpful facts about disease prevention. Colorful illustrations, graphics and videos enhance each page. Links to a wide range of additional resources and hundreds of scientific papers enrich each story with information you can use today to promote health and prevent disease.
We are pleased to welcome Dr. Marya Zlatnik, MD, MMS to the UCSF PEHSU team. She will serve as the UCSF PEHSU Associate Director for Maternal Fetal Health and the Environment Program.
More news on the PEHSU News Page.