Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit

Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit




Welcome to the Rocky Mountain Region Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU) serves Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming. We are a network of experts in children’s environmental health. 

We Provide

  • Medical consultation and training for healthcare professionals, parents, caregivers, and patients
  • Information and resources to school and community groups to help increase the understanding of environmental pediatrics

Mission & Goals

Our mission is to improve the health of children in the Rocky Mountain region by providing information, education, and training on environmental health problems.
Our goal is to apply the following standards to the populations we serve:

  • To provide children, parents, teachers and health care professionals with reliable and useful information about pediatric environmental hazards
  • To educate parents and health care professionals about pediatric environmental health issues to prevent and treat harmful environmental exposures
  • To foster communication between existing medical resources as a means of improving pediatric healthcare
  • To refer parents and health care professionals to clinical settings specializing in pediatric environmental health service

Upcoming Events

Children’s Health Month Special Guest Speaker (Tuesday, October 1, 2019) 

In 2018, the FDA declared youth vaping an epidemic. The most recent Youth Risk Behavior Survey shows Colorado leads the nation in youth vaping, with 27% of youth reporting they vape. To kick off Children’s Health Month, please join us for a Lunch & Learn event to hear more about vaping.  Speaking on this important topic will be Dr. Mark Anderson,
a pediatrician in the Denver Health Community Health Services department who regularly works on children’s environmental health issues with EPA as the Region 8 PI for the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU). Event details: Tuesday, October 1st from 12-1 pm in the Bison Room. Snacks will be provided! Contact Kim Bartels with any questions. Learn more from these articles:
What is vaping? and Children’s Health and Vaping: E-cigarettes & electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS)

R8 Reducing Lead in Schools Webinar: WIIN Grants and the Revised 3Ts (Tuesday, October 8; 2-3:30 PM, MST)
Register here!

The third training webinar sponsored by the Drinking Water and Children’s Health Programs for R8 stakeholders will be on the topic of WIIN grants and the Revised 3Ts guidance and will include a description and highlights of EPA’s WIIN 2107 grants and the newly revised 3Ts (Training, Testing, and Taking Action). The purpose of these webinars is to give school decision makers (administrators, environmental coordinators, and facility managers) in Region 8 the tools to identify and mitigate sources of lead in schools.

Presentation: Protecting Children From Lead Exposure - R8 Activities (Thursday, October 24; EPA Region 8 2nd floor Conference Center - Dakota Room @

In recognition of Children’s Health Month and Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, come hear about the important work occurring in the region reducing children’s exposure to lead where they live, learn, and play. Speakers will cover topics including lead in paint, drinking water and land redevelopment.  They will share accomplishments, future plans and opportunities. Following the presentations, there will be time for questions and discussion.