Alliance for Healthy Homes is a national, nonprofit, public interest organization working to prevent and eliminate hazards in our homes that can harm the health of children, families, and other residents. These hazards include lead, mold, carbon monoxide, radon, pests, and pesticides. The web site offers advice on prevention strategies and holistic approaches to maintaining a healthy home and community. They also provide information on legal tenant rights, landlord responsibilities and various housing laws.
American Academy of Pediatrics provides networks and resources in children's environmental health, including the handbook Pediatric Environmental Health - 2nd Edition. Created in recognition that environmental hazards are among parent's top health concerns for their children, yet little time is spent training physicians to recognize and treat ailments resulting from exposure to harmful substances and environments. "When introduced in 1999, this first-of-its-kind handbook provided physicians with an invaluable tool for identifying, treating, and preventing pediatric environmental health hazards. Now the 2nd edition updates and expands the scope of the text with 10 new chapters covering emerging environmental threats, as well as updated content for a wide range of health hazards, and much more. By American Academy of Pediatrics Editor: Sophie J. Balk, MD." Softcover, 2003, 723 pgs, Price: $44.95
Handbook: Pediatric Environmental Health - 2nd Edition
American Association of Occupational Health Nurses provides professional resources, educational activities and standards of care and practice.
American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine serves as a professional organization of occupational medicine physicians.
American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) is the national professional society for physicians committed to disease prevention and health promotion. ACPM's 2,000 members are engaged in preventive medicine practice, teaching and research. Many serve on ACPM committees and task forces and represent preventive medicine in national forums, contributing to the organization's role as a major national resource of expertise in disease prevention and health promotion. ACPM was established in 1954.
American Lung Association has a proven commitment to environmental health. Topics of air quality, chemical hazards in school and workplace settings, and tobacco control are covered in depth on their website with recent statistics available. Materials available (several also offered in Spanish) include: Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Action Kit, Protecting Yourself from Air Pollution, Working Safely With Chemicals, How to Read a Material Safety Data Sheet, as well as tobacco material targeted to youth and adults.
American Nurses Association (ANA) is the only full-service professional organization representing the nation's 2.9 million registered nurses (RNs) through its 54 constituent member associations. The ANA advances the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the economic and general welfare of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and by lobbying the Congress and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public.
Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics includes 55 clinics across the United States and Canada that specialize in occupational and environmental health issues. Provides referrals to clinics for medical advice and care, conducts educational activities, and maintains a lending library. http://www.aoec.org/
- Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSUs) "As part of its ongoing cooperative agreements with the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), AOEC has formed a project establishing Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSUs). The PEHSUs include the collaboration between the pediatric clinic and the AOEC occupational and environmental clinic at each site. The PEHSU's have been developed to provide education and consultation for health professionals, public health professionals and others about the topic of children's environmental health. AOEC coordinates the activities for all of the PEHSUs. Primary funding for the PEHSUs comes from the ATSDR and EPA."
Beyond Pesticides, a service of the National Coalition against the Misuse of Pesticides (NCAMP), provides access to a national directory of least toxic service providers and has programs on pesticide use in schools and public buildings, pesticide legislation, exposure of children to polluted soils around public utility poles. The site includes a fact sheet on What to Do in a Pesticide Emergency.