Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSUs)

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ATSDR supports PEHSUs to help protect the health and well-being of children and families who live or work in settings that put them at higher risk of exposure to hazardous substances.

PEHSUsexternal icon operate in all 10 ATSDR regions. Here are some ATSDR-funded PEHSU partner highlights from 2020:

PEHSUs also offered tremendous support to the COVID-19 response. Click here to learn more.

What are PEHSUs?

PEHSUs are a national network of experts who focus on environmental conditions affecting pregnant women, children, and adolescents. PEHSUs respond to requests for information and create materials and classes for healthcare professionals, parents, schools, and community groups. They also recommend prevention, diagnosis, and treatment options to pediatricians and other healthcare providers, families, and the general public. PEHSUs work with government agencies at all levels to address environmental health issues in homes, schools, and communities. ATSDR supports PEHSUs through funding and programmatic leadership for direction of PEHSUs and PEHSU activities.

Page last reviewed: December 29, 2021