1155 A p p e n d i x A Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSUs) United States Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSUs) are regional, academic center-based, and publicly supported resources that fulfill several well-defined needs: ■■ to provide educational resources to pediatric and reproductive health care and public health professionals, ■■ to train health care students, residents, and providers in the principles of pediatric and reproductive environmental health, ■■ to provide high quality consultative and referral medical services for chil- dren, their families, health professionals, public health officials, and commu- nities. HISTORY In the 1990s, it was recognized that a new level of expertise was needed to address and prevent environmentally related chronic childhood diseases. Pediatricians and other child health clinicians were increasingly called on to provide guidance to families about the environmental risks that their children face daily in their homes, child care settings, schools, and other sites in their communities. Yet the training of health care professionals often did not include many environmental topics, and most health care providers had a limited 67_PEH_AppA_1155-1162.indd 1155 10/2/18 9:42 AM
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