COVID-19 ECE Collaborative Executive Summary, 2021/2022

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), based in Atlanta, Georgia, is a federal public health agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. ATSDR protects communities from harmful health effects related to exposure to natural and man-made hazardous substances by responding to environmental health emergencies, investigating emerging environmental health threats, conducting research on the health impacts of hazardous waste sites, and building capabilities of and providing actionable guidance to state and local health partners. Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) was founded in 1930 to serve as an independent forum to address children’s health needs. At that time, the idea that children had unique developmental and health needs was new. Practices that are now standard preventive care were only just beginning to become recognized instead of the prevailing custom of treating children as “miniature adults.” AAP is committed to the optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. The Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU), coordinated by the AAP through support from ATSDR and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, serve as a national network of experts in the prevention, diagnosis, management, and treatment of health issues that arise from environmental exposures from preconception through adolescence. There are 10 regional PEHSUs, each responsible for a different geographical region of the U.S. Each PEHSU is based at an academic health institution with experts in pediatrics, allergy/immunology, neurodevelopment, toxicology, occupational and environmental medicine, nursing, and reproductive health, as well as other specialized areas. The PEHSUs work together to address reproductive and children’s environmental health issues that affect families and communities, including safer disinfectant use (especially during the COVID-19 pandemic), wildfire smoke, PFAS, lead, pesticides, mold, and many more. American Academy of Pediatrics and Their Coordination of the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSUs) Early & Edu COVID-19 Early Care and Education Collaborative Organizations COVID-19 ECE COLLABORATIVE 8