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National Environmental Education Foundation

Children's Environmental Health Faculty Champions Initiative

Goal: Build health professional capacity to address children’s environmental health issues.

"" This initiative created a network of children’s environmental health faculty champions at medical and nursing schools throughout the country, who take a leadership role in integrating children’s environmental health into their academic institutions in a sustainable fashion, train their colleagues, teach courses, provide expertise and support in their institutions and surrounding communities, and serve as a model for how to integrate environmental health into health professional education.

Train-the-Trainer Workshop

Twenty-eight pediatric faculty members participated in a train-the-trainer workshop held on July 14, 2006, in Washington, DC. The training was provided by leading pediatric environmental health experts. In one year, these faculty champions trained more than 1,500 faculty members, residents, and students and continue to work to integrate children’s environmental health into the curricula at their medical or nursing schools in a sustainable fashion.


  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Ambulatory Pediatric Association
  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing
  • Association of Academic Health Centers
  • National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners


The project was funded by a grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Additional funding was provided by Baxter Healthcare and The New York Community Trust.


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Children's Environmental Health Faculty Champions Iniative

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Planning Committee

Read the research article on the initiative in Environmental Health Perspectives.