Where children live, learn, play, and work can influence their health. This is especially pertinent at the community or neighborhood level, but state level information can be informative as well.
Unique regional, geographic and meteorological conditions, population sizes, economies, major industries, and state and local policies and regulations contribute to a state's environmental health profile.
Federal policy, regulations, and support also influence states' environmental health, and the health of children living in them. CEHN is developing fact sheets that include indicators of environmental hazards, environmental exposure, and child health and development to provide an understanding of children's environmental health at the state level.
To date, seven fact sheets have been completed, for the states: California, Michigan, Minnesota, North Carolina, Arizona, Colorado, and Florida. Through this process, CEHN found that robust, valid, and regularly updated state level data--that are comparable across most states--were not readily accessible. States need adequate funding and capacity to collect, and to make accessible, reliable CEHI data in order to set goals and track progress towards improving children's health.
Read more about CEHIs and download our report Children's Environmental Health Indicators: A Summary and Assessment