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ACE Is The Place For Children’s Environmental Health Indicators

2010 October 29

By Greg Miller

This is the report that drew me to EPA 10 years ago. I was a recent graduate from University of Michigan’s School of Public Health when I saw a job posting for work on environmental health policy. I had no idea what a unique opportunity I was being given.

On my first day at EPA I got to work on America’s Children and the Environment – fondly known as “ACE”. It is a report of children’s environmental health indicators. Like many people at the time, I had very little understanding of what indicators were. Since that day ten years ago, indicators of health and welfare have spread across the government as a means of providing summary information on status and trends. Our children’s environmental health indicators help us answer important questions, such as: how many children live in areas where air pollution levels are of concern? Are we continuing to make progress in reducing childhood blood lead levels? How has the prevalence of childhood asthma changed in recent years?

This year at EPA, we are preparing a new edition of America’s Children and the Environment. ACE, Third Edition will provide quantitative information from a variety of sources to show trends in environmental contaminants in air, drinking water, food, and soil; concentrations of contaminants measured in the bodies of mothers and children; and childhood health outcomes that may be influenced by environmental factors, such as asthma. New indicators will show the percentage of children in homes with lead dust hazards; biomonitoring data for phthalates and bisphenol A; and percentage of babies born preterm. We hope that people will use the report to better understand the environmental health challenges faced by children in the U.S. Furthermore, we hope the report will be a useful tool for policy makers to identify and address children’s health issues in their communities.

I doubt this blog post adequately conveys my excitement about this report. Working on children’s environmental health indicators is an absolute privilege, and I am endlessly thankful to the American public for allowing me this opportunity. If you share even one nanogram of my excitement, please visit the America’s Children and the Environment website to see our current indicators. You can also sign up to receive updates by email about any new information posted to the website and updates on the development of ACE3.

About the author: Greg Miller works on the ACE report in EPA’s Office of Children’s Health Protection.

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3 Responses leave one →
  1. armansyahardanis permalink
    October 29, 2010

    Your dedication in 10 years to the children is fantastic. Your ACE3 also too. Could you add about relationship between son & daughter and also among their friends to anticipate sex behaviours of them in the future and their opinion about their friends in the other countries ?

  2. hausstauballergie permalink
    November 1, 2010

    Hallo Jungs! Ich bin sehr glücklich, einen solchen Blog-Website wie diese zu finden. Wie Sie alle wissen, dass es viele Seiten im Cyberspace, die Blogging bietet durch die Besucher und Mitglieder. Aber diese ist anders. Diese Seite ist sehr helfen, voll und informativ. hausstauballergie

  3. Bob Spears of Spears Enterprize permalink
    November 2, 2010

    There is mechanical solutions to mold and air quality problems.

    I see nothing in the advise of the case histories that discribe the fact that it is available.

    In 2003 at East High School in Bristol, TN there was a mold problem that had the school maintainance at wits end using conventional means.

    The problem was at a level to cause 15 to 45 children to miss school on any given day, the areas were tested and the kids were placed in the Briston Speedway boxes to hold school while the clean up was being done.

    10 units of Aerus Gardian Air equipment was installed and the problem was solved, in 48 hours and in three days the children were returned to the classroom.

    The process is in the patent pending stage but the equipment is on the market.

    I will be glad to communicate with anyone concerning the specifications.


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