Our Mission

CERCH strives to understand and reduce the risk of environmental threats to children’s health, locally and globally.

To accomplish this mission, we investigate exposures to future parents and children; evaluate their effects on child health, behavior, and development; and translate our research findings into sustainable strategies to reduce environment-related childhood disease. We aim to accomplish these goals through community-based partnerships.

Why Study Children?

Children are more vulnerable to hazards in the environment than adults.

  • Children have a greater degree of exposure to environmental factors than adults because they breathe more air, eat more food, and drink more water per unit of body weight.
  • Because children exhibit exploratory behaviors that place them in direct contact with contaminated surfaces, they are likely to be exposed to any contaminants present (putting items and hands in mouths, crawling, etc.).
  • They are also less developed immunologically, physiologically, and neurologically and therefore may be more susceptible to the adverse effects of chemicals and toxins.