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Climate & Environmental Health

Chair: Vi Nguyen, MD
Co-Chair: Marnie Granados, MD

Young children often are hardest hit by the consequences of poor environmental public health systems. For their size, they breathe more air and eat more food than adults, making them particularly vulnerable to environmental public health hazards. And even low levels of toxic exposures can affect children’s physical and mental development. Further, children of color and children living in poverty bear an even higher burden of environmental hazards. And yet, there are no laws or protections dedicated to children in the environments where they may face harmful exposures. This can be at home, school, childcare facilities, playgrounds, parks -anywhere children live, learn and play.