Centers for Children's Environmental Health & Disease Prevention Research
NIEHS and EPA have developed a joint program with multiple opportunities to enhance research focused on advancing scientific understanding of key determinants of children's environmental health to meet each Agency's mission by filling identified research gaps to promote healthy environments for children. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is designed to encourage applications from transdisciplinary research teams proposing an integrated multi-project approach and a well-developed research program of innovative research. NIEHS and EPA consider community engagement to be a major goal of the program; as such, applications must include a Community Outreach and Translation Core.
Children's Centers Webinar Series
Please join us for presentations and interactive discussions on recent findings and new developments in children’s environmental health.
Second Wednesday of each month, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. EDT
Children's Centers Technical Assistance Webinar
Kimberly Gray, Ph.D.
Health Scientist Administrator
Division Extramural Research and Training, Population Health Branch
Since 1998, the NIEHS/EPA Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Centers have studied individual, regional, national, and global environmental exposures and the effects on children’s health.
Pound-for-pound, children have increased risks from environmental exposures because their bodily systems—cardiovascular, digestive, immune, nervous, and others—are still developing. Environmental health researchers now recognize that low level exposures, especially during early developmental growth periods, such as in utero or neonatal, can have long-lasting effects. This research evolution demonstrates that environmental health effects are complex—not a simple relationship between a particular type and amount of exposure and disease. New science shows that combined chemical exposures affect growth and development in ways not previously recognized.
The centers connect basic scientists, behavioral scientists, social scientists, pediatricians and other clinicians, and public health professionals, all working together to improve the health and environments of children. The centers apply community-based, participatory research techniques in which community organization partners play a vital role in informing, implementing, and sharing what the findings mean. Additionally, each center has a designated physician scientist to ensure research is translated into practical information for health care providers. To keep breakthrough discoveries coming and maintain a pipeline of experienced environmental health scientists, they are also dedicated to developing the next generation of researchers.
Contributions from this unique national network of research centers lead to long-term economic and social benefits along with improved health.