Lead Overview

Lead is a metal that has been used in the past in gasoline and pain, and can currently be found in many household products. Lead is known to cause neurologic and developmental health problems in children, even at low levels. Avoid exposures to peeling paint in older homes, painted housewares, folk remedies, and cosmetics that may contain lead.

Long Island Children’s Environmental Health Centers

The NYSCHECK Long Island center is co-located at Cohen’s Children’s Medical Center at Northwell Health and SUNY Stony Brook University, covering the counties of Nassau and Suffolk.

The center’s lead partner is the Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition, Inc. (HBCAC). HBCAC has been the main partner for the Long Island Center since the center’s inception in 2004, and has been in existence since 1993. The goal of this center is to diminish the underlying causes of diseases that disproportionately affect communities confronting poverty and other barriers to success, which is why HBCAC’s mission is to focus on environmental health education for children and families through their Prevention Is The Cure™ campaign. Significant outcomes were achieved in making legislative change when the “Toxin Free Toddlers and Babies Act” made Suffolk County the first in the nation to ban the sales of baby bottles and sippy cups containing Bisphenol A (BPA) and in passing the “Safer Sales Slip Act,” which banned BPA from thermal receipt papers. There is also a 6-week summer program that takes place in Harlem, called Cyclopedia, which is aimed at developing positive youth development by riding bikes in order to reduce chronic stress levels, improve self-esteem, and improve physical fitness while providing positive role models and opportunities to learn and expand in a safe, structured environment.

Additionally, monthly newsletters, teen talks, blogs, a YouTube channel, and a resource guide for clinical tools, parent factsheets, general resources, clinical consultation, and local public health information are all available as resources for parents and the community in order to prevent harm from environmental causes and exposures.

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Locations:

Cohen Children’s Hospital – Main WebsiteMap

SUNY Stony Brook – Main Website – Map
Phone: Toll Free (866)-265-6201

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Covering NY Counties:
Nassau, Suffolk

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Mount Sinai Children’s Environmental Health Center

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Located at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai – Main Website – Map
Phone: Toll Free (866)-265-6201

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Covering NY Counties:
NYC (Bronx, Kings, New York, Queens, Richmond)

About

The Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU) is a Center of Excellence at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Founded in 1999, we have received core support from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Our mission in the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit is to provide clinical consultation and education to families, health care professionals, public health officials, and community organizations who have concerns regarding children’s environmental health.

The Region 2 PEHSU serving New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands is a member of a national and international network of PEHSUs.

PEHSUs are located across the United States as well as in Canada, Mexico, Argentina and Europe. PEHSU East (Regions 1-5) is managed by the American Academy of Pediatrics and PEHSU West (Regions 2-6) is managed by the American College of Medical Toxicology.

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Children’s Environmental Health Center of the Hudson Valley

The Children’s Environmental Health Center of the Hudson Valley is affiliated with New York Medical College, and collaborates closely with physicians from Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center and Boston Children’s Health Physicians.

This center has three primary goals: consultations for children who may have been exposed to environmental toxins, educational programs about environmental toxins and pollutants, and conducting research to better understand the role of the environment in children’s health. The Hudson Valley CEHC is dedicated to combatting environmental health hazard exposures in low-income and at-risk populations in the Hudson Valley region, doing so with programs, screenings, and initiatives in collaboration with the Westchester Community Opportunity Program, the Hudson Valley Asthma Coalition/ALA of the Northeast, and the American Lung Association.

Additionally, a big topic of concern at this center is food safety and healthy nutrition. Brochures and consultations are available for the community in order to help with healthy food diets for children and food safety information for information.

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The Center is hosted at New York Medical College and Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center, Valhalla NY – Main Website Map

Phone: 914-493-7585
Local Twitter: @CEHCHV
Local Facebook

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Covering NY Counties:
Dutchess, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Sullivan, Ulster, Westchester

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Albany Med’s Center for Pediatric Environmental Health

The Albany Children’s Environmental Health Center is a rapidly expanding pediatric environmental health program within NYSCHECK. The center is run in conjunction with Albany Medical Center, covering the NY counties of Clinton, Columbia, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery, Otsego, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren, and Washington.

The Albany center has a number of goals: providing quality consultation and guidance services, education and training, public health marketing, clinical and evaluative services, and partnerships. This site specializes in asthma and asthma-related environmental issues. Albany CEHC works closely with their partners, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYS DEC), the New York State Department of Health (DOH), Clean & Healthy New York, and the Asthma Coalition of the Capital Region in order to improve the quality of medical care for patients with asthma and reduce the burden of environmental triggers. The center’s asthma initiatives align with those of the NYS DOH Asthma Quality Improvement Collaborative (AQIC).

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Located at The Albany Medical College – Main Website – Map
Phone: Toll Free (866)-265-6201
email: pedsenvironmentalhealth@amc.edu

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Covering NY Counties:
Clinton, Columbia, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Hamilton, Montgomery, Otsego, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren, Washington

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Upstate Children’s Environmental Health Center

The Syracuse Children’s Environmental Health center is located at SUNY Upstate Medical University and covers the NY counties Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis. Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, and St. Lawrence. This center works closely with the Upstate Poison Center to address concerns related to children’s environmental health.

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Located at SUNY Upstate Medical University Map
Phone: Toll Free (866)-265-6201

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Covering NY Counties:
Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, St. Lawrence

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Finger Lakes Children’s Environmental Health Center

The Rochester center is located at the University of Rochester Medical Center/Golisano Children’s Hospital, serving 15 counties in the Finger Lakes region of New York State.

This center focuses on providing services those who are pregnant, breast-feeding, or considering pregnancy as well as children. The site educates the population it serves on environmental health hazards from air, food, and water that may affect mothers. Additionally, Rochester CEHC focuses on environmental health stressors that may be hazards for pregnant women, such as chemicals that can pass from mother to baby.

Rochester CEHC site has created the Healthy Homes DVD project, which can be found on YouTube, in order to reduce pollution in the home. The topics on this DVD include air quality, asbestos, chemicals, lead, and mold.

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Located at University of Rochester Medical Center/Golisano Children’s Hospital
Main Website – Map
Phone: Toll Free (866)-265-6201

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Covering NY Counties:
Broome, Cayuga, Chemung, Chenango, Cortland, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Schuyler, Seneca, Steuben, Tioga, Tompkins, University of Rochester, Wayne, Yates

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YouTube link to Healthy Homes DVD Project

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Finger Lakes Children’s Environmental Health Center (FLCEHC)
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. More…

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Western New York Children’s Environmental Health Center

The Buffalo CEHC is dedicated to promoting initiatives focusing on pediatric environmental health in Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, and Wyoming counties. Much of the information provided by this site focuses on indoor environmental hazards such as mold, bed bugs, and ensuring cleanliness in public spaces. This site also provides guidance on local outdoor environmental hazards, such as poisonous plants and ingesting locally caught fish safely. The Medical Director at this site has 30 years of experience providing case management to children with elevated blood lead levels.

Medical Director: Dr. Cameron

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Located at SUNY Buffalo – Main Website – Map
Phone: Toll Free (866)-265-6201
Local Twitter: @BuffaloNYSCHECK

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Covering NY Counties:
Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans, Wyoming

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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.