The mission of NYSCEHC (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 (“NYSCHECK”) were launched in 2017 by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH). The origins of the Network go back to 2006 when NYSDOH provided seed funding for the Network to the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS) which now serves as the NYSCHECK Coordinating Center.
As a nationally and internationally recognized leader in children’s environmental health, ISMMS has served as the NYSCHECK Coordinating Center since the Network’s inception. The Coordinating Center works closely with the regional Centers to recognize and treat environmental exposures that adversely affect the health of New York’s children and their families.
ISMMS has also hosted the federally supported Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU) for Federal Region 2 serving New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands since 1999, a resource for clinicians and families with questions about hazardous environmental concerns. The foundation of the PEHSU at Mount Sinai was critical for the successful launch of NYSCHECK.
The 7 NYSCHECK Centers, sited at children’s hospitals in Albany, Buffalo, Syracuse, Rochester, Westchester, New York City and Long Island truly function as a Network, working closely together to meet the environmental health (EH) needs of families and communities in all 62 counties in New York State. In this way, NYSCHECK serves as a national model for how statewide reach can be achieved. Together with partners, the Network has built a collaborative infrastructure across the state for EH education, screening, consultation, and referrals to needed interventions.
NYSCHECK now serves as a go-to-resource for evidence-based guidance for pediatric clinicians and other front-line health/public health professionals who often lack training in pediatric environmental medicine. NYSCHECK uses its expertise in risk assessment and communication to respond to complex environmental problems for patients and communities.
Since 2017, NYSCHECK has served over 151,000 families, educated over 32,000 health care professionals and trained over 1700 future leaders, which includes trainees from high school to graduate school, residency, fellowship, and beyond.
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Direct Coordinator List for Cities/Sites:
Western New York (Buffalo)
Rachel Roberson, MPH, CHES – Center Coordinator
Finger Lakes (Rochester)
Jennifer D. Becker, MPH – Sr. Health Project Outreach Coordinator
(844) 352-2430 (844-FLCEHC-0)
Central – SUNY Upstate (Syracuse)
Olivia Malvasi, MPH – Grant Coordinator
Capital Region – Albany Medical Center
Alexandra Guerrero, RN – Asthma Nurse Coordinator
Hudson Valley – Maria Fareri Children’s (Westchester)
Dr. Amy Ansehl, DNP, RN, MSN, FNP-BC – Director of Community Outreach
NYC – Mount Sinai
Michael Ejiogu, MPH – NYSCHECK Program Coordinator
Long Island- Cohen’s Children’s Medical Center, Stony Brook University
Abigail Seide, MPH, CHES. – Research Coordinator