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NLM Collaborates on January 31st Satellite Broadcast About Environmental Risks to Children

An NLM-sponsored satellite broadcast on environmental health and safety risks to children has been postponed. The new date is Thursday, March 21st, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

Environmental health and safety risks disproportionately affect children. From pesticides in schools and playgrounds to nitrates in the water, children are at increased risk for a variety of adverse health effects such as developmental delays and asthma.

To point health officials towards the resources that can help them address these problems, NLM will join with other agencies and associations to produce a live satellite broadcast, "Children's Environmental Health Information Resources."

The 1997 Presidential Executive Order on the Protection of Children to Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks states that each Federal agency shall make it a high priority to identify and assess risks posed to children by the environment.

Access to information is vital for understanding environmental hazards and ensuring the safety of children. There are numerous resources on the World Wide Web that address the environmental health risks of children, however it often is difficult to locate and identify high quality, accurate, and authoritative sources.

This live interactive program will demonstrate selected online resources in the context of important children's environmental health issues. Topics include pesticide exposure, environmental triggers of asthma, and lead poisoning prevention funding resources.

The broadcast is a production of the Partnership for Information Access for Public Health Professionals, a joint venture of public health agencies and associations, including the National Library of Medicine, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This program is just one of many ways the Partnership actively assists public health departments in accessing information.