Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Children's EPA wants to know if children and family health will be protection by actions which prevent poor environmental conditions and prevent injury from dangerous chemicals.  According to the US EPA, one half of U.S. schools have at least one or more environmental or chemical hazards that are unsafe for children. 

Children's EPA points out that without child and bystander environmental and chemical standards, regulation, oversight and enforcement, families and children are left with less protection than animals. 
  • "Safe" according to US standards is determined by the substance's effect on a healthy grown male worker.  The EPA and CDC agree that children are more vulnerable to hazardous substances than adults.
  • "Green" is used by the EPA but has no definition.  Spray on Foam Roofing and Sealant manufacturers claim their product is "green," when it contains of one of  most dangerous chemicals in the US -  isocyanates.

When it comes to exposure to hazardous substances, dosage limits are like those used for medication.  HHS and EPA have ignored the lack of "safe" standards for infants, children, teens, pregnant women, and at risk populations.  Without safety standards, claims to protect families and children are without merit.

News Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 3, 2012 Contact: HHS Press Office (202) 690-6343 Health care law expands support for children and families To improve the health and development of children, 10 states received grants to provide early childhood supports and home visits to families who volunteer to receive these services, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today. These awards are part of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV) created by the Affordable Care Act. The nearly $72 million in funding announced today will allow states to expand or establish their home visiting program. “Home visits from an experienced counselor can help provide skills and links to important services and early childhood education,” said Secretary Sebelius. Today’s awards include states that have demonstrated a commitment to operating successful early childhood systems for pregnant women, parents, caregivers and children from birth-to-eight years of age. The awards also include states that are developing new home visiting programs, using proven strategies, to support families and improve health and developmental outcomes. “These investments will give states a significant boost in their efforts to keep children safe and healthy,” said Mary K. Wakefield, Ph.D., R.N., administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). HHS’ Administration for Children and Families (ACF) collaborates with HRSA on the implementation of the home visiting program. The two agencies provide states guidance and assistance in early learning and development, the prevention and identification of child maltreatment, the improvement of maternal and child health outcomes, and family engagement. “Helping children and families succeed involves many approaches and voluntary home visits play a key role in strengthening families and putting children on solid footing,” said George Sheldon, the ACF acting assistant secretary. Awardees include: Organization City State Award Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Denver Colo. $3,717,761.00 State of Connecticut Department of Public Health Hartford Conn. $8,677,222.00 Iowa Department of Public Health Des Moines Iowa $6,600,000.00 Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, Department for Public Health Frankfort Ky. $6,971,342.00 Minnesota Department of Health St. Paul Minn. $8,000,000.00 New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services Trenton N.J. $9,430,000.00 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Harrisburg Pa. $9,027,586.00 Tennessee Department of Health Nashville Tenn. $6,571,353.00 Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Health Richmond Va. $6,295,506.00 Washington State Department of Early Learning Olympia Wash. $6,609,476.00 TOTAL $71,900,246.00 The MIECHV program is one part of the Obama administration’s strong commitment to improve health outcomes for America’s children and families. For more information on HRSA’s MIECHV program, please visit mchb.hrsa.gov/programs/homevisiting/. To learn more about the Affordable Care Act, visit www.HealthCare.gov. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated, or medically vulnerable. For more information about HRSA and its programs, visit www.hrsa.gov.

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