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2006 Children’s Environmental Health Excellence and Recognition Awards

The Children's Environmental Health Awards aim to increase awareness and stimulate activity by recognizing efforts that protect children from environmental health risks at the local, regional, national and international level.

Children's Environmental Health Champion
Excellence Award Winners
Recognition Award Winners

Children's Environmental Health Champion
The Children's Environmental Health Champion is an honorary award presented to individuals to recognize their outstanding efforts and commitment to advancing environmental health issues. The 2006 Children's Environmental Health Champion award was presented to Philip J. Landrigan, M.D., M.Sc.

Philip J. Landrigan, M.D., M.Sc. is a pediatrician and the Ethel H. Wise Professor and Chair of the Department of Community and Preventive Medicine of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. He holds a Professorship in Pediatrics at Mount Sinai and directs the Mount Sinai Center for Children’s Health and the Environment and the Mount Sinai Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit.

Dr. Landrigan obtained his medical degree from Harvard in 1967. He interned at Cleveland Metropolitan General Hospital and completed a residency in Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Boston. He obtained a Master of Science in occupational medicine and a Diploma of Industrial Health from the University of London. Dr. Landrigan is a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. From 1970 to 1985, Dr Landrigan served in the United States Public Health Service as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer and medical epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control.

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Environmental Health Champion Award Recipient, Philip J. Landrigan, M.D., 
2006 Children's Environmental Health Champion Award Recipient, Philip J. Landrigan, M.D., M.Sc.
Dr. Landrigan’s work has focused for many years on environmental health threats to children. He studied lead poisoning in children living near smelters. He was one of the first investigators to document the subclinical toxicity of lead. He played a central role in the campaign to remove lead from gasoline. He was a founder of the National Center for Environmental Health at CDC. He advised the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry in developing their national agenda for children’s environmental health. He has chaired committees at the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) on Environmental Neurotoxicology and on Pesticides in the Diets of Infants and Children— which was instrumental in passing the Food Quality Protection Act of 1996. In 1997 and 1998 he served as Senior Advisor on Children’s Health to the Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). He helped establish the EPA’s Office of Children’s Health Protection.

In recent years, Dr. Landrigan’s work in children’s environmental health has focused on the National Children’s Study, a prospective epidemiological study that plans to follow 100,000 American children from conception to age 21 to elucidate the factors in their environment – chemical, biological, psychological and social- that influence their health growth, development and risk of disease. He has recently been named Principal Investigator for the National Children’s Study Vanguard Center in Queens, New York, one of seven locations across the United States from which the National Children’s Study will be launched.

Excellence Award Winners
Excellence Awards are presented to groups or individuals that exemplify invaluable leadership in the protection of children from environmental health risks. Fourteen Excellence Award Winners accepted their awards at a ceremony on April 20, 2006 in Washington, D.C. Choose from the award winners listed below to learn about their efforts to protect children’s health. Photo of 2006 
Environmental Health Excellence Award Winners
2006 Children's Environmental Health Excellence Award Winners (Enlarge Photo)
Recognition Award Winners
Recognition Awards are presented to groups or individuals who demonstrate commitment to protecting children from environmental health risks. The following have received Recognition Awards:
  • Alaska Community Action on Toxics (ACAT), Alaska Children’s Health Protection Program, Anchorage, AK
  • Alliance For Healthy Homes, Community Environmental Health Resource Project, Washington, DC
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics, Elk Grove Village, IL
  • City of Detroit, Department of Health and Wellness Promotions, The Pottery Exchange Program, Detroit, MI
  • City of Detroit, Department of Recreation Youth Division, S.A.F.E.T.Y Lead Poisoning Awareness Youth Ambassador Program, Detroit, MI
  • Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning, The Summit for 2010, Baltimore, MD
  • European Public Health Alliance Environment Network, It’s Our World Our Future Too, Brussels, Belgium
  • Illinois Emergency Management Agency and the University of Illinois Extension, Take Action on Radon Program, Springfield, IL
  • International Network on Children’s Health, Environment and Safety (INCHES), Training Modules on Children’s Health and Environment, Dieren, Netherlands
  • Interregional Environmental Movement, School Environmental Initiative, Leningrad Region, Russia
  • Dr. Jenny Pronczuk, World Health Organization, Department of the Protection of Human Environment, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Keystone Mercy Health Plan, Healthy Hoops, Philadelphia, PA
  • Los Angeles Housing Department, The Los Angeles Lead-Safe Work Practices Partnership, Los Angeles, CA
  • Massachusetts General Hospital, Clinical Effort Against Secondhand Smoke Exposure (CEASE), Boston, MA
  • The Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment (MACCHE), Washington, DC
  • Moses Lake School District, School Asthma and Air Quality Tracking Initiative Research and Development Project, Moses Lake, WA
  • Polybrominated Biphenyl (PBB) Working Group, Atlanta, GA
  • Project EXCITE, Bowling Green, OH
  • Rhodes School District, Rhodes Recycling Team, River Grove, IL
  • Riverside County Department of Environmental Health, Community Outreach Projects, Riverside, CA
  • Rx Solutions International/BTS Laboratories, Inc., LeadSmart Do-It-Yourself Dust Wipe Kits, Waldorf, MD
  • San Francisco Ordinance, Work Practices for Lead-Based Paint on Pre-1979 Buildings and Steel Structures, San Francisco, CA
  • South Carolina Department of Health and Environment Control - Bureau of Air Quality, B2@ School (Breathe Better Air), Columbia, SC
  • South Carolina Department of Health and Environment Control and Division of Biostatistics and Health GIS, Childhood Lead Poisoning Program South Carolina Community Assessment System (SCAN) Module, Columbia, SC
  • Trips for Kids Metro DC, Environmental Ride Program, Springfield, VA
  • University of Iowa - College of Public Health, Heartland Radon Research and Education Program, Iowa City, IA
  • USDA/CSREES Southern Region, Children’s Environmental Health Partnership (CEHP), Atlanta, GA
  • Wheaton Warrenville Community Unit School District 200, Indoor Environmental Quality Management Plan, Warrenville, IL
  • World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe, Honoloko, Rome, Italy
  • World International Society of Doctors and Architects for Environment - Mercosur Branch, Children’s Environmental Health Hazards Prevention and Legal Protection Program, Montevideo, Uruguay

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