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The New York State Children’s Environmental Health Center (for convenience “NYSCHECK”, pronounced “nice check”) network serves as a model program for statewide services in pediatric environmental health, rooted in building the capacity of the seven Centers and the larger health care community to prevent, diagnose, and treat environmental exposures from pregnancy to young adults and all stages in-between across NYS. Our mission is to protect and improve the health of New York State’s children in regards to potential adverse effects of environmental toxicants, for the purpose of promoting life-long health and well-being. This Network will serve as a source of expertise for pediatricians and other front-line health care professionals, offering advice on prevention, management, and treatment of environmentally-related health effects in children. More…

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New York State is served by seven Centers, spanning Buffalo to Long Island. These Centers cover every county in the state. If you have a question or concern regarding a matter of child health and an environmental factor, please find your Center by clicking on the New York State map to the right or from the Centers link here.

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Mold Overview

Mold is a common concern that parents contact us about.  When moisture or water damage is not quickly and effectively fixed, mold can grow indoors.  This can occur in homes, schools, and daycares. When mold appears in a child’s environment, parents want to know if the mold can affect their child’s health, and what next steps should be taken.

Our team of environmental pediatricians has created resources that address the most common questions we get from parents when mold is found in a home or school.  Click on the links to the right to download.

Here are some highlights:

What is mold?

Mold (a type of “fungus”) is widely found outdoors and can grow indoors in damp or water damaged areas.

Can mold make my family sick?

The most common health effects of mold exposure are allergies (“hay fever”) and asthma attacks in those with asthma who are sensitive to mold.

There have been scary stories in the news about “black mold”. Should I be worried if this was found in my home?

The presence of mold, including stachybotrys or “black mold”, does not mean that your child will get sick.

There is mold in my home. Should I test my home for mold levels?

If mold or water damage is seen or smelled, that is enough evidence to take action to safely remove the mold and fix the underlying water problem.

Should I get my child tested for mold?

Tests for mold “toxins” are not recommended; however, children with allergies or asthma may benefit from environmental allergy testing.

Is there a treatment for mold exposure?

The most important “treatment” is removing the mold and fixing the underlying water problem. Alternative treatments or detoxifications should be avoided. Children with asthma or allergies should be treated for those conditions by their pediatrician.

How can I prevent mold growth in my home?

The key to preventing mold is controlling indoor humidity levels and fixing water leak problems in your home.

What should I do if there is mold in my home?

The key is safe, swift, and effective remediation paired with controlling indoor humidity levels and fixing water leak problems in your home.

How can I work with my child’s school to prevent or address mold growth?

The keys to preventing mold at schools is to control indoor humidity levels and fix water leak problems in a safe and effective way. The EPA’s Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Tools for Schools program has guidelines for safe and effective prevention of mold and other hazards in schools. Share IAQ Tools for Schools resources with your school’s administration and encourage them to review the IAQ Tools for Schools Action Kit and implement its practices in your school. Or contact the NY State Department of Health program “Clean, Green, & Healthy Schools” program.

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

You can also use the form at the bottom of this page.

Covering NY Counties:
Nassau, Suffolk

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Click here for resources about topics that pertain to the Stony Brook area including brochures, county health departments, and community outreach.

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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
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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).

Contact Us:
Contact us for information concerning environmental exposures in children and in women who are pregnant, breast feeding, or considering pregnancy. Experienced health care providers will provide you with the knowledge and counsel you seek.

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.

Contact Us:
Contact us for information concerning environmental exposures in children and in women who are pregnant, breast feeding, or considering pregnancy. Experienced health care providers will provide you with the knowledge and counsel you seek.

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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Contact us for information concerning environmental exposures in children and in women who are pregnant, breast feeding, or considering pregnancy. Experienced health care providers will provide you with the knowledge and counsel you seek.

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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