Prescriptions for Prevention

Our environmental pediatricians, together with partners, created “Prescriptions for Prevention” that provide information on how New York families can address common environmental health concerns such as lead, secondhand smoke, mold, and radon.

The front of each prescription explains simple steps for reducing the exposure. The back of each prescription lists key resources that families can use to help address the concern.  For additional information on the concern, we have posted links to key informational websites below the link to each prescription.

Please download, print, and share the prescriptions found below!  If you would like to download the entire prescription series, click here.

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Smoking and Tobacco Use:

If you need help quitting, contact the NY State Quit Line (1-866-NY-QUITS)or the CDC Quit Line (1-800-QUIT-NOW)

Information for parents about e-cigarettes

Information for parents about juuling

 

Secondhand Smoke:

NY Tenants Guide on how to minimize your smoke exposure

Learn more about how you can protect your child from secondhand smoke

Learn more about the dangers of secondhand smoke

NYC Smoke Free Housing guide

 

Lead-Based Paint:

 

Live in New York City? Click here for a prescription with local NYC information about how to deal with lead paint!

If you have a concern for lead hazards in your home, contact your designated NY Lead Resource Center

American Academy of Pediatrics “Steps to protect your family” from lead exposure

For more information about how to identify lead hazards

Know your rights concerning lead hazards before moving into a new home

 

Mold:

Information on mold in homes and schools for parents from environmental pediatricians

Mold information from the EPA

Tips for dealing with mold from the NY Department of Health

Mold infographic: tips for preventing mold in your home

Information on mold in homes and schools for parents from environmental pediatricians

 

Pests and Pesticides:

National Pesticide Information Center (NPIC): Free hotline and information center on safer pest control in your home

What’s bugging you? Tips on how to deal with pests

Strategies for reducing pesticide exposure from the NY Department of Health

Infographic about asthma, pests, and pesticides – simple steps for your home

 

Radon:

National Radon Hotline: 1-800-SOS-RADON (1-800-767-7236)

National Radon Hotline En Español: 1 (866) 528-3187

To order a radon test kit in NY

To learn more about the health risks of radon from the CDC

 

Eat Fish, Choose Wisely!

Advice About what Fish to Eat in English

Consejos Sobre el Consumo de Pescado en Español 

Fishing in NY waters? Check out NY state fish advisories before eating your catch

Find your local fish advisory (for United States)

 

Well Water:

How to test your well in New York

How to restore and maintain your well in New York

Information from the EPA on testing your private well

 

Sun Safety:

Information from the American Academy of Pediatrics about how to protect your child from the sun

Environmental Working Group’s Guide to Sunscreens

CDC Basic Information about Skin Cancer

 

Teen Tanning:

American Academy of Pediatrics- Tanning and Tanning Salon Tips for Young People

CDC Information on Indoor Tanning

Did you know? In NY, no one under the age of 18 is permitted to use a tanning bed. For more information about tanning bed risks in New York

 

Noise:

American Academy of Pediatrics-Tips to protect your child’s hearing

Hearing Loss- When to Call the Pediatrician

 

Reducing exposures to environmental hazards from your job or hobby:

Tips to reduce your exposure to chemicals at home, work, and play

More information about potential hazards at work and pregnancy

Work Matters- How to reduce your exposures

Health and Safety Information from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):

Do you work with pesticides? Here is information about how to reduce your risk of exposure at work and home

 

Teen workers:

To learn about the labor laws and safety regulations that protect young people in the workforce visit YouthRules!

 

Nature and Play:

Live in New York City? Click here for a prescription with local NYC information about parks and libraries!

Find a NYC Park and Kid-friendly activities

Find a NY State Park

Find a national park

Rainy day? Check out free library events at New York Public Library (in NYC) or find a public library near you

 

Prescriptions for Prevention were last updated in November 2018

 

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.

Contact Us:
Contact us for information concerning environmental exposures in children and in women who are pregnant, breast feeding, or considering pregnancy.

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

Resources
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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New York City Children’s Environmental Health Center at Mount Sinai

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Main Website – Map

New York State Children’s Environmental Health Center
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
1 Gustave Levy Place Box 1057
New York, NY 10029

Toll free: 1-866-265-6201

NYS CEHC Director: Maida P. Galvez, MD, MPH
NYS CEHC Co-Director: Perry E. Sheffield, MD, MPH
Project Coordinator: Michael Ejiogu, MPH

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

About Us

Our services include:

CLINICAL CONSULTATIONS

Our Environmental Pediatricians provide evidence-based, clinical pediatric environmental health services for families and health care professionals including telephone consultations, telemedicine visits, and clinical visits.

Clinical Director: Lauren Zajac, MD, MPH
Clinical Co-Director: Erin Thanik, MD, MPH
Clinical Coordinator: Marisela Bolanos

To Schedule a Visit: [Clinic Brochure – English / Clinic Brochure – Spanish]


ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SCREENING FOR HEALTHY HOMES

We have integrated Environmental Health E-screening into routine well child care at Mount Sinai Pediatrics Associates as well as in Pediatric Allergy Immunology and Pulmonology. We help families to identify common environmental concerns and refer them to community resources such as home based services to reduce asthma triggers.

EDUCATION & TRAINING

NYS CEHC trains health care professionals and trainees to incorporate environmental health into routine health care. Together with partners, we educate families and communities about environmental health.

Environmental Pediatrics Elective Director: Lauren Zajac, MD, MPH
Elective Coordinator: Marisela Bolanos
Environmental Health Scholars Director: Deborah Nagin, MPH

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

Together with diverse community partners, we work to promote programs and policies that protect and improve children’s health.

Our partners include:

AIRnyc
Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Service
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Community Engagement Core
Region 2 Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units
American Academy of Pediatrics

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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.

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.

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

Children’s Environmental Health Center of the Hudson Valley
Division of Pediatric Pulmonology | New York Medical College
40 Sunshine Cottage Road | Skyline, Room 1N-E29 | Valhalla, New York 10595
Phone: 914-493-7585 | Fax: 914-594-2350

Local Twitter: @CEHCHV
Local Facebook

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

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

Our services include:

CLINICAL CONSULTATIONS
Director: Dr. Allen Dozor
Co-Director: Dr. Sankaran Krishnan
Coordinator: Jennifer Luchetta
Children’s Environmental Health Scholar: Amy Brown

To Schedule a Visit:
Download Clinic Brochure as PDF
Children’s Environmental Health Center of the Hudson Valley
Division of Pediatric Pulmonology | New York Medical College
40 Sunshine Cottage Road | Skyline, Room 1N-E29 | Valhalla, New York 10595
Phone: 914-493-7585 | Fax: 914-594-2350

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SCREENING FOR HEALTHY HOMES
The Children's Environmental Health Center of the Hudson Valley boasts a multidisciplinary team, including physicians, nurses, social workers, epidemiologists, statisticians, researchers, and experts in environmental health, all dedicated to protecting children against environmental threats.

The Children’s Environmental Health Center of the Hudson Valley is a collaboration of the physicians at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center, and its affiliated medical university, New York Medical College, including its School of Health Sciences & Practice.

We provide comprehensive environmental health (EH) screening for all new patients seen in our outpatient offices. We have eight outreach offices throughout the Hudson Valley all of which provide these services. In addition, we provide environmental health screening services for any hospitalized patient admitted to the pediatric pulmonology service and are expanding our screening and consultative EH services in the inpatient setting at Maria Ferrari Children’s Hospital. Our screening has been adapted from a validated environmental screen from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) which identifies common triggers for respiratory diseases and other adverse environmental exposures that can impact children’s health.

EDUCATION AND TRAINING
CEHCHV is an academic hub for training of pre-medical and medical professionals interested in environmental health. We conduct a summer intern program for interested students ranging from high school to graduate school level. We regularly educate trainees in medical school, pediatric residency and incorporate core principles of children’s environmental health into our pediatric pulmonology fellowship. We provide community level education with our many
community partners and together we provide education to the families in the region.

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS
American Lung Association
Hudson Valley Asthma Coalition
Visiting Nursing Services, Westchester
Dows Lane Elementary School; Irvington Free Union School District

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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

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

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.

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 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, breastfeeding, or considering pregnancy. Experienced health care providers will provide you with the knowledge and counsel you seek.

Main Website – Map

Finger Lakes Children’s Environmental Health Center
UR Medicine-Golisano Children’s Hospital
601 Elmwood Avenue, Box 777
Rochester NY 14642
Toll free: 844-352-2430 (844-FLCEHC-0)

FLCEHC Co-Director: Ruth A Lawrence, MD
FLCEHC Co-Director: Richard K Miller, PhD

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

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

Our services include:

CLINICAL CONSULTATIONS
Our multi-disciplinary team provides evidence-based environmental health consultations for families
with children, pregnant and breastfeeding women, and health care professionals via telephone
consultations, telemedicine visits, and clinical visits.
Pharmacology/Toxicology: Richard K Miller, PhD
Breastfeeding and Pediatrics: Casey B. Rosen-Carole, MD, MPH, Med
Medical Toxicologist: Timothy Wiegand, MD
Pediatric Pulmonology/Asthma: Augusto Litonjua, MD, MPH
Reproductive-Developmental Toxicology: Rogelio Perez-D’Gregorio, MD, MS

EDUCATION AND TRAINING
FLCEHC trains health care professionals and trainees to incorporate environmental health into routine
health care. Together with partners, we educate families and communities about environmental health.
Environmental Health Scholar: Sandra Jee, MD, MPH
Outreach Coordinator: Jennifer D Becker, MPH

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS
Together with diverse community partners, we work to promote programs and policies that protect and
improve children’s health. Our primary partner is the Coalition to Prevent Lead Poisoning .

Other partners include:
MotherToBaby UR Medicine
Breastfeeding and Human Lactation Study Center
Western NY Lead Poisoning Resource Center, Rochester Office
Community Engagement Core of U of R’s Environmental Health Sciences Center
Healthy Baby Network

Resources

YouTube link to Healthy Homes DVD Project

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

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.

Contact Us:
Contact us for information concerning environmental exposures from air, food, and water that may affect children, pregnant women, women that are breastfeeding, or considering pregnancy.

Located at SUNY Buffalo – Main Website – Map

1050 Niagara Street, Buffalo,
New York 14213
Phone: Toll Free 716-768-7626
Local Twitter: @BuffaloNYSCHECK
Local Facebook: @BuffaloNYSCHECK

Director: Melinda Cameron, MD
Coordinator: Lissette Halle Palestro, MPH lpalestro@upa.chob.edu

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

Our services include:

EDUCATION AND TRAINING
NYS CEHC trains healthcare professionals and trainees to incorporate environmental health into routine health care.
Together with partners, we educate families and communities about environmental health.
To request information on our summer medical student internship program, please contact the Coordinator.

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS
Together with diverse community partners, we work to promote programs and policies that protect and improve
children’s health.

Current partners include:
Buffalo School-Based Health Centers
Oishei Healthy Kids
New York State Asthma Quality Improvement Collaborative
Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo
Oishei Children’s Hospital

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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.

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Who We Are and What We Do

Environmental exposures can have lifelong impacts on children’s health and development.

The mission of NYS CEHC (or “NYSCHECK”) is to prevent, diagnose, and treat environmentally related conditions for families across New York State. As the first state-based model for pediatric environmental health services in the country, New York now has dedicated pediatric champions across the state working together to protect and promote children’s health and the environment.

The New York State Children’s Environmental Health Centers consist of a coordinating Center (New York City) and six other Children’s Environmental Health Centers located in Albany, Buffalo, Syracuse, Rochester, Westchester, and Long Island.

Our services include:

CLINICAL CONSULTATIONS

Our experts provide evidence-based, clinical pediatric environmental health services for families and health care professionals including telephone consultations, telemedicine visits, and clinical visits.

ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SCREENING

We are working to routinely integrate environmental screening into routine well child care. We help families to identify common environmental concerns and refer them to community resources such as home based services to reduce asthma triggers.

EDUCATION & TRAINING

NYS CEHC trains health care professionals and trainees to incorporate environmental health into routine health care. Together with partners, we educate families and communities about environmental health.

COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

Together with diverse community partners, we work to promote programs and policies that protect and improve children’s health.

Find Your Center


New York State is served by 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.

Prescriptions for Prevention

Our environmental pediatricians, together with partners, created “Prescriptions for Prevention” that provide information on how New York families can address common environmental health concerns such as lead, secondhand smoke, mold, and radon. More…