Goals of the Society

The rapid progress of research in children’s environmental health has been fueled by a new understanding of children’s unique vulnerabilities. The development of biomarkers has allowed us to link many exposures to environmental toxicants with disease and disabilities in children, but action to prevent harm from these hazards often has lagged behind the scientific evidence. ISCHE asserts that an integrative approach is needed to address cumulative exposures of children that may also affect their health as adults, as well as that of future generations.

• To promote children’s health worldwide by enhancing the quality of their environment;

• To promote research aimed at protecting children from environmental hazards;

• To promote the training of professionals in children’s environmental health;

• To translate and promote policies to protect children from environmental hazards;

• To promote the delivery of services to create healthy environments;

• To enhance surveillance of environmentally-induced disease or disability;

• To enhance clinical care of children with environmentally-induced disease or disability.

Because of its multi-disciplinary membership, ISCHE is well positioned to make current scientific findings more accessible to the healthcare, public health, and policy communities via position papers, technical reports and testimony. ISCHE will help establish environmental health as an essential part of the health curriculum internationally and assist in the development of appropriate research and policy initiatives for developing as well as developed nations.

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Children are essential to our future and the continuation of human life. Children around the world are confronted by multiple environmental threats to health, including toxins, air pollution, psychosocial stress, and climate change. Infants and children are often exquisitely vulnerable to these threats; exposures during critical windows of vulnerability have been associated with a wide range of childhood diseases. Early life exposures can also increase the risk of chronic diseases in adulthood.