Pediatric and Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSUs) are regional hubs of pediatric and reproductive environmental health specialists. They provide outreach, education, and consultations to advance the integration of environmental health into clinical practice and public health. PEHSUs are typically based at university medical centers and work with parents, schools and community groups, and federal, state, and local agencies, among others. Currently 10 PEHSUs serve the United States.
The Pediatric and Reproductive Environmental Health Scholars (PREHS) program, established in 2021, trains pediatric healthcare providers, obstetricians and gynecologists, and other healthcare professionals to address environmental health issues.
In partnership with the Pediatric and Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSUs), the PREHS program provides research experiences that weave together clinical practice in environmental health, community-level engagement, and teaching. Scholars will learn about the array of interactions — biological, psychological, social, and cultural — that occur between children, pregnant women, and new mothers and their environment.
The goal is to create a network of healthcare professionals recognized in their field for tackling the complexities of pediatric and reproductive environmental health.
Working With PEHSUs