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Great Lakes Center for Reproductive and Children’s Environmental Health

April 2020 Newsletter
With COVID-19 spreading across the country, many are starting to wonder how the environment and climate change might affect the spread of the disease. Dr. Aaron Bernstein, interim director of Harvard University's Center for Climate, Health, and the Global Environment at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a pediatrician at Boston Children's Hospital, answers questions on the topic. The website is being updated as new information becomes available. 
A new study has found that high ambient temperatures during pregnancy were associated with higher risk of small for gestational age (SGA) and lower fetal growth. The study used data from over 29,000,000 births across the U.S. between 1989-2002. Temperatures were estimated across the entire pregnancy and in each trimester. County-specific definitions of warmer-and-colder-than-average temperatures were determined using a spatially refined gridded climate data set. Low temperatures were associated with a small decrease in birth weight but not with SGA. Associations were more strongly associated when temperature was averaged across second and third trimesters and in areas with cold or very cold climates.

The Children's Environmental Health Committee of the American Public Health Association created a Parent and Educator Toolkit  list of resources on the environment and human health. Many of the activities can be performed at home. The resources are categorized by grade level, topic, and resource type. 
The US Environmental Protection Agency has an environmental health learning program available online for kids ages 9-13. The nine lessons cover topics like pests, air, climate change, and sustainable foods. Lessons are 45 minutes each and include hands-on activities. 
Region 5 Events
Our student forum, "The Environment and Health" scheduled for April 7th, is cancelled because of COVID-19. Stay tuned for more details on a webinar hosted by the Great Lakes Center for Reproductive and Children's Environmental Health sometime soon. 
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.
This newsletter was supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and funded (in part) by the cooperative agreement award number 5 NU61TS000237-05 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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