Children's Health

Children's Health

We are dedicated to protecting children's health from toxic chemicals. Much of our children's health work is accomplished through the Michigan Network for Children's Environmental Health, a coalition of health professional, health-affected, and enviromental organizations from across the state who share the common mission of reducing children's exposure to toxic chemicals. We strive to protect children's health through:

  • Advocacy: we advocate for policies at the state and national levels that would best protect children from toxic chemicals found in everyday consumer products, our homes, schools and the environment.
  • Outreach and Education: we partner with community-based organizations and institutions to provide innovative curriculum for health professionals, children's health advocates and families focused on creating healthier homes and reducing exposure to toxic chemicals.
  • Research: we work closely with our team to indentify toxic chemicals in children's products and how to minimize exposure.


Check out our recent work in the news and updates below!


October 25, 2016
While the Ecology Center has been working to end childhood lead exposure in Michigan for years, this National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week we joined a coalition of over fifty groups calling for federal agencies to act boldly to eradicate lead exposure on a national scale.
October 13, 2016
The Ecology Center, in coalition with other health and environmental groups, demand that the state government end childhood lead poisoning. We’ve known about the dangers of lead for years, and we've failed as a society to mount a response scaled to the size of the problem.
September 28, 2016
Coal tar sealants cover a vast majority of driveways, parking lots and playgrounds. They are meant to extend the life of the asphalt underneath. Unfortunately, these sealants contain a hazardous chemical that is a known carcinogen.
August 31, 2016
The EPA estimates that a child bringing a brown bag lunch to school every day throws away about 67 pounds of waste each school year. Learn how to tweak school lunch preparations to prevent the creation of tons of trash and keep chemicals of concern out of your child's lunch.
June 18, 2016
On June 10, 2016, Rebecca Meuninck, deputy director for the Ecology Center, was appointed to the Governor’s Child Lead Poisoning Elimination Board. The Ecology Center strongly advocated for this Board and we were thrilled the Administration agreed and that Rebecca was appointed.
May 24, 2016
What about the many other toxic chemicals we hear about every day entering our bodies from our environment? Medical associations and researchers agree: the benefits of breastfeeding are so vitally important that they outweigh potential risks from environmental toxics.
April 27, 2016
Anyone with a yard can contribute to helping re-establish and support the declining bee population and create child-safe yards at the same time.
April 19, 2016
The Rebecca Head Fund for Education and Leadership was developed to honor the work of Dr. Rebecca Head, a leader in the national public health community and a long-time friend and supporter of the Ecology Center.