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Children and the Changing Climate

Partnerships for Environmental Public Health (PEPH)

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Children and the Changing Climate

July 7, 2016

Expert: Perry Sheffield, M.D.

The U.S. Global Change Research Program's 2016 Climate and Health Assessment strengthens understanding of the growing risks that a changing climate poses to human health and welfare. In this podcast, we take a close look at how climate change affects one particularly vulnerable population: children.


Perry Sheffield, M.D.

Perry Sheffield, M.D., is a pediatrician and assistant professor in the departments of pediatrics and preventive medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and she also serves as deputy director of the EPA Region II Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit. She conducts both qualitative and quantitative research on the health impacts of climate change and public understanding of these issues with a particular focus on children. Sheffield completed the Pediatric Environmental Health Fellowship at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine after graduating from the Medical College of Georgia and then training in Pediatrics in the Harriet Lane Program of Johns Hopkins University.

For More Information:

USGCRP Climate & Health Assessment
Download the latest scientific assessment of the health impacts of climate change from the U.S. Global Change Research Program.

NIEHS Climate Change Webpage
Find out what the NIEHS is doing to understand the health impacts of climate change through global collaborations, funded research, and outreach and communication.

NIEHS Climate Change and Environmental Exposures Challenge
Explore how researchers are putting data to work to help understand and communicate about the intersections between climate change and environmental exposures.

For Kids: Climate Change and Health
Find kid-friendly explanations and resources to help your children understand key facts about the health impacts of climate change.

EPA Brochure: Climate Change & Children’s Health
Read an overview of key ways climate change affects children's health, as well as tips on what you can do to help reduce these impacts.

Pediatricians on Climate Change and Children’s Health
Read papers from the American Academy of Pediatrics about climate-related threats to children's health, as well as recommendations for addressing these threats.

Related Environmental Health Chat Episodes:

Dealing with Disasters
Global Environmental Health Chat
Preventing Prenatal Exposures
Healthy Child Care Environments

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