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The President’s Task Force on Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks to Children is the focal point for coordinating federal government efforts to explore, understand, and act together to improve children’s environmental health.
The Task Force works to address preventable environmental factors that lead to differences in the burden of asthma for poor and minority children relative to their peers.
The Task Force coordinates interagency efforts to better understand and prevent disease and disabilities in children from lead, including development of a new federal lead strategy.
Understanding and predicting disease and disabilities in children across their life stages that result from exposures to chemicals and metals, including pesticides, manufacturing ingredients, lead, and others, is a focus of the Task Force.
The Task Force seeks to identify key strategies to understand and address climate change impacts on children’s health and to inform federal agencies and others engaged in climate change mitigation, adaptation, and response.
Healthy settings (such as homes, schools, and daycares) have eight primary qualities: dry, clean, pest-free, safe, contaminant-free, well ventilated, well maintained, and thermally controlled. The Task Force works to ensure healthy settings for all children.
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On October 28, 2021, the President’s Task Force on Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks to Children (Task Force) convened a full meeting of the Task Force Principals from across the federal government. Task Force co-chairs Michael Regan, Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Xavier Becerra, Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary hosted the meeting.
This event brought together cabinet level officials to reinvigorate the federal government’s commitment to protecting children from environmental health and safety risks and promoting action on children’s health in support of equity, climate change, and environmental justice. Becerra and Regan noted that while federal agencies have made great strides to protect and improve children’s health, there is more work to do, especially reducing inequities to ensure that all children are able to reach their full potential in life and protecting future generations from health impacts from exposures happening today.
In May 2021, federal agencies, along with academic and community partners, convened a workshop to explore Children's Health and Wildfire Smoke Exposure. Participants identified the current best evidence and public health messaging recommendations on this issue.