About Greening Our Children

Greening Our Children is comprised of an ever growing group of individuals in New York and CT who share like-minded concerns about the health and well-being of our families. We all share the same goal – to create a safe and nurturing environment for children so that they may reach their full potential, as well as people of all ages!

The objective of Mount Sinai’s Children’s Environmental Health Center, under the leadership of Dr Philip Landrigan, is to discover environmental factors that cause illness in children, so that these may be prevented.

Why is this research so critical? Of the 80,000 chemicals being used today, less than 20% have been tested for toxicity to children. These chemicals are prevalent in our everyday products. Dr. Landrigan, Dean for Global Health at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, is at the forefront of the effort to deepen medical knowledge about the environmental factors suspected to contribute to diseases and disorders like pediatric cancer, obesity, juvenile diabetes, asthma, attention deficit disorder and autism.

Dr. Landrigan, M.D., M.Sc., the Ethel Wise Professor and Chair of the Department of Community and Preventive Medicine, is a pediatrician, epidemiologist, and internationally recognized leader in public health and preventive medicine. He has been a member of the faculty of Mount Sinai School of Medicine since 1985 and Chair of the Department of Community and Preventive Medicine since 1990. Dr. Landrigan is also the Director of the Children’s Environmental Health Center.

Dr. Landrigan graduated from Boston College in 1961 and from Harvard Medical School in 1967. He completed an internship in pediatrics/medicine at Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital and a residency in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Boston. In 1977, he received a Diploma of Industrial Health from the University of London and a Masters of Science in Occupational Medicine degree from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He then served for 15 years as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer and medical epidemiologist at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). While at CDC, Dr. Landrigan served for one year as a field epidemiologist in El Salvador and for another year in northern Nigeria. He participated in the Global Campaign for the Eradication of Smallpox. Dr. Landrigan directed the national program in occupational epidemiology for NIOSH. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal of the US Public Health Service.

In 1987, Dr. Landrigan was elected as a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He served as Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Industrial Medicine and Editor of Environmental Research. He has published more than 500 scientific papers and 5 books. He has chaired committees at the National Academy of Sciences on Environmental Neurotoxicology and on Pesticides in the Diets of Infants and Children. The NAS report that he directed on pesticides and children’s health was instrumental in securing passage of the Food Quality Protection Act, the only environmental law in the United States that contains explicit provisions for the protection of children. From 1995 to 1997, Dr. Landrigan served on the Presidential Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veteran’s Illnesses. In 1997-1998, Dr. Landrigan served as Senior Advisor on Children’s Health to the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and was instrumental in helping to establish a new Office of Children’s Health Protection at EPA. From 2000-2002, Dr. Landrigan served on the Armed forces Epidemiological Board. Dr Landrigan served from 1996 to 2005 in the Medical Corps of the United States Naval Reserve. He retired in 2005 at the rank of Captain. He continues to serve as Deputy Command Surgeon General of the New York Naval Militia, New York’s Naval National Guard.

Dr. Landrigan is known for his many decades of work in protecting children against environmental threats to health, most notably lead and pesticides. His pioneering research on lead toxicity at low levels persuaded the US government to mandate removal of lead from gasoline and paint, actions that have produced a 90% decline in incidence of childhood lead poisoning over the past 25 years. Dr. Landrigan has been a leader in developing the National Children’s Study, the largest study of children’s health and he environment ever launched in the United States. He has been centrally involved in the medical and epidemiologic studies that followed the destruction of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001. He has consulted extensively to the World Health Organization.

The Mount Sinai Children’s Environmental Health Center (CEHC) supports the work of the Mount Sinai Department of Community and Preventive Medicine. The Department is renowned for its work in children’s environmental health, occupational medicine, epidemiologic research, and disease prevention. Department Chair Dr. Philip J. Landrigan and his team of medical researchers are uniquely qualified to identify environmental hazards and protect the health of our children.

The CEHC supports research, education and training in preventive medicine, epidemiology and children’s environmental health. The CEHC is supported by state and federal grant funding as well as by philanthropic and community donations.

The mission of the Children’s Environmental Health Center is to protect children against environmental threats to health. The CEHC accomplishes this by guiding, supporting, and building the programs of the Department of Community and Preventive Medicine of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.

Our Goals:

  • To support scientific research to discover the preventable environmental causes of disease in children – autism, asthma, obesity and childhood cancer.
  • To provide accessible scientific information to parents, caregivers and the general public empowering them to make better personal choices to protect our children.
  • To communicate widely and credibly to policy makers the health risks to children and adults from environmental threats.
  • To educate the next generation of medical students, pediatricians, obstetricians and other practicing physicians to become the next generation of leaders in environmental pediatrics and preventive medicine.
  • To define and control the environmental exposures that harm the health of children in East Harlem.

Donations (Click the word donation to go directly to the Mount Sinai website and make a donation) to CEHC support research programs seeking the environmental causes of:

  • Learning disabilities (Autism)
  • Asthma
  • Obesity/Diabetes
  • Childhood Cancer
Contact information: Toby Cone, Blogger, tobycone@me.com

2 responses to this post.

  1. Hi Greeners, I’m so happy to have found your site. I work for EWG with an emphasis on connecting with parents who want to improve their family’s environmental health and involving people in our effort to pass the Kid-Safe Chemicals Act in Congress. If you’re interested in learning more about Kid-Safe, there’s loads of info here: http://bit.ly/54hb1y. I saw that you shared our petition among yourselves and with your readers – thank you! It’s together that we’ll get Congress to reform TSCA and pass a health-protective replacement that’s good for kids. Best, Lisa Frack, EWG

    Reply

  2. Posted by Toby Cone on March 5, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    Thank you Lisa! We are big supporters of yours and we all follow and support the Kid Safe Chemicals Act and EWG.
    Check back with us again soon!
    Toby

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