Children are at high risk from environmental health hazards such as poor outdoor air quality, extreme heat, and lead exposure. Pound for pound, children breathe more air, eat more food, and drink more water than adults, making them more vulnerable to even low levels of toxicity. While no one can escape the negative consequences of environmental pollutants, low-income communities and communities of color are disproportionately impacted. Understanding and effectively addressing disparities in under-served populations requires a clear picture of priorities and concerns at the local level.
To help communities in Maryland better understand the causes and risks of environmental contaminants, EFC worked in collaboration with EPA Region 3 to increase awareness regarding two major children’s environmental health issues: asthma and lead. EFC identified relevant resources and carried out several outreach activities in collaboration with local communities and non-profits. A sampling of project activities and resources are listed below.
Town of Edmonston, MD:
- Virtual Town Hall on asthma and lead
- Toolkit for parents/caregivers on asthma and lead (Spanish and English)
- New Children’s Environmental Health action for the Sustainable Maryland certification program (link coming soon)
- Exhibit on asthma and lead (Spanish and English) at the 2020 Virtual Anacostia River Festival
EPA Region 3 (Mid-Atlantic)