Children’s Environmental Health
The State of Maryland has a vital interest in ensuring both the health of children and the health of children as that health related to environmental hazards. Two important initiatives in Maryland pertain directly to children's environmental health:
- The Children's Environmental Health and Protection Advisory Council and
- Maryland's Children and the Environment, a report of environmental hazard, exposure, and health outcome indicators that describe how children's health may be related to the environment
Children's Environmental Health and Protection Advisory Council
During the 2000 Legislative Session, the Maryland General Assembly passed HB313 establishing an 18 member Children's Environmental Health and Protection Advisory Council (CEHPAC). CEHPAC's purpose is to identify environmental hazards that may affect children's health and recommend solutions to those hazards. In passing this legislation, the 2000 Maryland General Assembly acknowledged the particular vulnerabilities of children to preventable harmful environmental exposures in their schools, homes, and communities.
The Council is structured for ongoing collaboration, and cooperation among multiple disciplines and agencies and the affected communities. The membership is mandated to include legislators; the Secretaries of the Departments of Health and Mental Hygiene, Environment, Agriculture, Education, Human Resources, and Housing; the special Secretary of the Governor's Office for Children, Youth, and Families; health providers; and environmental scientists. Administrative support for the Council is provided by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene in collaboration with the Maryland Department of the Environment.
Clifford S. Mitchell, MS, MD, MPH, servers as Chairperson of the Council as the representative of Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Richard Eskin, serves as Vice Chair of the Council as the representative of Shari T. Wilson, Secretary of the Maryland Department of the Environment.
The legislative mandate requires CEHPAC to review existing and introduced regulations and to serve as a source of information and education for the public, professionals, State agencies, the General Assembly and the Governor regarding environmental hazards.
Click here to learn more about Children's Environmental Health and Protection Advisory Council (CEPHAC) Annual Report and Minutes.
For additional information, contact us at the address below:
Rachel Hess-Mutinda, M.S.W
Asthma Program Coordinator
Center for Maternal and Child Health
Family Health Administration
Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
201 West Preston Street, Room 309
Baltimore, MD 21201