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A Network of Experts in Children’s Environmental Health


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Denver Health (DH) is an integrated, urban health care system, providing care to the poor residing in Denver, Colorado. Strong community links exist between DH and the citizens of Denver, and the provision of care in a high quality, cost-effective, culturally sensitive manner is written into the DH mission statement. School-based health centers offer primary medical and behavioral health services to students.

 

§           Mark Anderson MD is a pediatrician who has worked at Denver Health’s Kids Care Clinic for over 6 years. His professional interests include environmental tobacco smoke and asthma triggers.

 

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The Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center (RMPDC), a division of DH is a certified regional poison center as recognized by the American Association of Poison Control Centers. The RMPDC has a track record of extensive outreach on environmental health issues affecting children, such as lead and mercury intoxication. RMPDC has gone into the community to assist in evaluating children with environmental exposures.

 

The RMPDC is proactive in protecting the communities it serves by providing surveillance and monitoring of health effects for populations at risk. The RMPDC has trained health professionals working 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. The RMPDC aims to bring these experiences to the rest of the rocky mountain region through the PEHSU program.

 

§         Richard C. Dart, M.D., Ph.D., director of the RMPDC, is a board-certified toxicologist and emergency physician. Dr. Dart has a great deal of experience treating children with environmental exposure including lead, arsenic, and different solvents.

§         Gregory M. Bogdan, Ph.D., research director of the RMPDC, has completed research focused primarily on metals toxicology, risk assessment and the evaluation of environmental hazards.

 

The American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) is a professional, nonprofit association of physicians with recognized expertise in medical toxicology. The College is dedicated to advancing the science and practice of medical toxicology through a variety of activities.

 

 

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The Environmental Protection Agency mission is to protect human health and to safeguard the natural environment's air, water, and land upon which life depends. For 30 years, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.

 

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The mission of the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), as an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is to serve the public by using the best science, taking responsive public health actions, and providing trusted health information to prevent harmful exposures and disease related to toxic substances.

 

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The Healthy Homes Initiative is a program of Northeast Denver Housing Center, a nonprofit housing and community development agency.

 

The Healthy Homes Initiative is an integrated, comprehensive program that addresses multiple safety and health hazards that are found in the home environment. The home-based health and safety issues covered by the program include lead poisoning, severe asthma and allergy responses, carbon monoxide poisoning, long-term respiratory effects of radon and asbestos, and injuries resulting from electrical, mechanical, or structural hazards.

For qualifying families with doctor or health department referrals, the Healthy Homes Initiative staff can investigate and repair homes that are causing or exacerbating the poor health conditions of children in low- to moderate-income families living in Denver.

 

For more information contact, Wendy Hawthorne, Program Manager at 303-377-3334 x 233.