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Great Lakes Center for Reproductive and Children’s Environmental Health
Monthly Newsletter
May 2021

More than 4 in 10 Americans Breathe Unhealthy Air, People of Color 3 Times as Likely to Live in Most Polluted Places

A new report from the American Lung Association finds more than 4 in 10 people (135 million) in the U.S. live with polluted air, placing their health and lives at risk. The 22nd annual “State of the Air” report shows that people of color were 61% more likely to live in a county with unhealthy air than white people, and three times more likely to live in a county that failed all three air quality grades. While the report finds some improvements in the nation’s air quality, it is clear that in many parts of the country climate change is making our air quality worse.

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Region 5 PEHSU would like to welcome our New and Returning regional Champions Gary Loy, MD, Dr. Indra Frank, Maria Cabiya, MD, and Emily Moody, MD. We are honored to have you on the team and we look forward to our continued growth and impact in our communities.
Please visit the NEW Children's Environmental Health website to read more about the Region 5 PEHSU team! 

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New Fact Sheet On Medical Testing for PFAS
Citizens for Safe Water Around Badger has published a new fact sheet on Medical Testing for PFAS ((perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances).
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Project Firstline Podcast Interview Dr. Susan Buchanan

Center Member Nick Newman interviews Dr. Susan Buchanan in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, to answer questions submitted to the AAP regarding prevention and infection control:

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National PEHSU  Highlights

2021 PEHSU Annual Meeting 
The PEHSU network held the 2021 PEHSU Annual Meeting on May 12-13. This year’s meeting focused on feeding the pediatric and reproductive environmental health pipeline as well as ways in which the PEHSUs can engage with communities who are affected by environmental justice issues.

The slides can be found on the PEHSU collaboration site: http://

The Region 5 PEHSU has published a new fact sheet on the safety of Quaternary Ammonium for disinfection. The fact sheet is available online:
Who We Are
The Great Lakes Center for Reproductive and Children's Environmental Health (GLRCEH)  serves as the Region 5 Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU) and is funded by EPA and ATSDR. The GLRCEH serves Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. It provides telephone consultations, technical assistance, and training from experts in pediatrics, clinical toxicology, and industrial hygiene. You can call our hotline at 866-967-7337.
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This material was supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and funded (in part) by the cooperative agreement award number 5 NU61TS000296-02-00 from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). Acknowledgement: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supports the PEHSU by providing partial funding to ATSDR under Inter-Agency Agreement number DW-75-95877701. Neither EPA nor ATSDR endorse the purchase of any commercial products or services mentioned in PEHSU publications. 

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