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Child Health and the Environment- A Primer

Child Health and the Environment- A Primer

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Children’s environmental health is a large and rapidly growing field. This Primer aims
to provide a solid introduction to a vast and complex topic. It will enable the reader
to understand the basis for concern about environmental impacts on children’s
health, and will make it easier to pursue further readings and research into this vitally
important issue.
Children’s environmental health is a large and rapidly growing field. This Primer aims
to provide a solid introduction to a vast and complex topic. It will enable the reader
to understand the basis for concern about environmental impacts on children’s
health, and will make it easier to pursue further readings and research into this vitally
important issue.

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1Child Health and the Environment
— A Primer
 
CHILD HEALTH AND THEENVIRONMENT
 A PRIMER
canadian partnership for
children’s
health & environment
 
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The
Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health and Environment (CPCHE)
 
is a multi-sectoralcollaboration of organizations (formed in 2001) that is working to protect children’s health from environmental exposuresand toxic chemicals by moving children’s environmental health issues into the minds of decision-makers, service providerorganizations, individual practitioners, parents and the public. CPCHE’s members include:
Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment
Canadian Child Care Federation
Canadian Environmental Law Association
Canadian Institute of Child Health
Environmental Health Clinic — Sunnybrook & Women’s College Hospital
Learning Disabilities Association of Canada
Ontario College of Family Physicians
Ontario Public Health Association
Pollution Probe
South Riverdale Community Health Centre
Toronto Public HealthWith a shared vision of working together to create a healthy environment for children, CPCHE is committed to: raisingthe level of 
literacy
about prenatal and children’s environmental health across Canada; supporting CPCHE partners toinform and advance a children’s environmental health
policy agenda 
in Canada; advocating for and undertaking
children’senvironmental health and policy research
that will help society to better understand prenatal and child health andprotect children from toxic exposures; and ensuring that the
coordinated work  
of CPCHE, its partners and its expandingnetwork have the capacity to, and are effective, in improving the quality of children’s environmental health in Canada.It is our societal responsibility to work together to create a healthy environment for children. We invite you to takeprecautionary action and make decisions now that will protect children’s health and development now and in the future.To learn more about CPCHE, find out more about the issues and to receive copies of our
Childproofing Brochure
, please goto our website at
 www.healthyenvironmentforkids.ca
.
ABOUT CPCHE
Child Health and the Environment
— A Primer
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The Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health and Environment (CPCHE) would like to acknowledge and thank the
Laidlaw Foundation
and the
Ontario Trillium Foundation
for their ongoing and generous support of CPCHE’s overall work and mandate.
Cover Photo Credits
(clockwise from top left-hand corner): www.PDimages.com, Health Canada, Mark Surman, Mark Surman, Digital Vision, Comstock, Comstock.
 
3Child Health and the Environment
— A Primer
 
Child Health and the Environment
— A Primer
CPCHE PARTNERS
Canadian Association of Physicians for theEnvironment (CAPE)
is a group of physicians, alliedhealth care practitioners and citizens committed to ahealthy and sustainable environment. As anorganization composed mostly of physicians, CAPEbrings its health expertise to environmental issues,and is an important voice for environmental health inCanada. CAPE addresses issues of environmentaldegradation by educating health care professionalsand the public and advocating for strongerenvironmental policy. Children’s environmental healthis CAPE’s priority issue, and it informs all theeducation and advocacy that CAPE does in workingfor a healthier environment.
 www.cape.caCanadian Child Care Federation (CCCF)
 is anational, non-profit, membership-based organizationcommitted to excellence in early learning and childcare for Canadian families. Since 1987, it hasdeveloped bilingual resources and training materialsthat support quality early childhood educationlearning and care. It continues to create networkswith others working to support children’s healthydevelopment. CCCF has 11,000 members working ina variety of child care settings including child carecentres, family day homes, pre-schools, nurseryschools and after-school programs. Members alsoteach at Canadian colleges and universities.
 www.cccf-fcsge.caCanadian Environmental Law Association(CELA)
is a non-profit public interest organization,founded in 1970. It is an environmental law clinic — within Legal Aid Ontario — dedicated to providinglegal services to low income people anddisadvantaged communities, as well as advancing thecause for strong environmental protection throughadvocacy, education and law reform. Priority areas of activity include: pollution and health, with a particularfocus on children; international trade and globalgovernance issues; environmental assessment; andwater sustainability.
 www.cela.caCanadian Institute of Child Health (CICH)
hasworked to improve the health of Canada’s childrensince 1977 through its research and policyrecommendations, community development andresources. Through its voluntary Board of Directorsand Advisory Council, CICH represents diversesectors and professionals working with children,helping CICH to focus on the whole child by lookingat the broad determinants of physical and mentalhealth, including social, economic and environmentalfactors. A major focus is on healthy child developmentand on healthy and safe environments. CICH has beena leader in identifying environmental links to childhealth and has worked in partnership with itsmembership, government, other NGOs andcorporations to organize and lead national andinternational initiatives to inform and trainprofessionals working with children and the generalpublic about this issue.
 www.cich.ca
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