Advocacy & Media Spotlights

2016 Advocacy & Media Spotlights

Since our founding in 2007, the CEHC has made advocacy a top priority. Educating communities about early environmental exposures and how they affect children’s health is central to our work. We have translated our findings into solutions using research to educate families and advocate for public policy. Through media opportunities we have been able to bring awareness to pressing environmental health issues.

NIEHS 50th Anniversary and Congressional Briefing: In November, shortly after the election, Robert Wright, MD, MPH  was asked to brief Congress on children’s environmental health. U.S. Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina co-hosted the luncheon and legislative briefing in the Russell Senate Office Building. Linda Birnbaum, PhD, NIEHS and National Toxicology Program (NTP) Director, moderated a panel that included Dr. Robert Wright, Sarah Ervin, director of government affairs at the Honest Company, Virginia Rauh, ScD from the Columbia University Medical Center, and Joel Kaufman, MD from the University of Washington School of Public Health. The briefing was held in conjunction with the NIEHS 50th Anniversary. Dr. Robert Wright was the keynote speaker and briefed Congress on his studies of exposures to lead and other materials and their effects on children’s behavior and learning.

From left to right: Sarah Ervin, Robert Wright, MD, MPH, Linda Birnbaum, PhD, Virginia Rauh, ScD, and Joel Kaufman, MD.

Toxic Turf in Connecticut: In February, members of the Hartford, Connecticut community and representatives Anne Hulick from Safe & Healthy Connecticut, Sarah Evans, PhD from the CEHC, Alex Bergstein (then Chairman of the CEHC) from Greening Our Children, and Ellen Lautenberg of the CEHC testified for the ban of toxic turf in local playgrounds. This discussion led to Greening Our Children’s Safe Lawns Initiative campaign.

From left to right, Anne Hulick, Safe & Healthy CT, Sarah Evans, PhD, Children’s Environmental Health Center, Alex Bergstein, Greening Our Children, and Ellen Lautenberg, Children’s Environmental Health Center.


National Lead Summit – Dr. Philip Landrigan and others pledged to end childhood lead poisoning by 2022. The Green & Healthy Homes Initiative, Healthy Babies Bright Futures, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the National Center for Healthy Housing joined forces to convene the National Summit to End Lead Poisoning on December 4 and 5, 2016 in Washington, DC. Dr. Philip Landrigan presented at this event which brought together 250 leaders, policymakers, strategists and advocates from diverse communities to engage in crafting a blueprint for action and to build the public and political will to end lead poisoning in 5 years.

The following spotlights highlight media coverage from 2016.


CBS Evening News – January 19, 2016 – Dr. Philip Landrigan explains the long-term health effects of the Flint Water Crisis.

Yahoo News – January 23, 2016 – Dr. Philip Landrigan weighs in on Flint crisis and explains his concern for other areas that are even worse.


People Magazine – February 4, 206 – Dr. Maida Galvez speaks about promoting a healthy learning environment for children in schools.

The New York Times – February 6, 2016 – Dr. Philip Landrigan speaks about lead poisoning being a silent epidemic in the United States.

TIME Magazine – February 24, 2016 – Dr. Philip Landrigan states how lead poisoning is an issue at the global level.


The Huffington Post – March 2, 2016 – Dr. Philip Landrigan shares some tips on what you can do to ensure the safety of your water.

Down Town Express – March 10, 2016 – Drs. Manish Arora and Roberto Lucchini receive media coverage as they seek help from Down Town New York’s for their study of pollutants after 9/11 and the effects on pregnant mothers and their children.

Healthy Child Healthy World – March 18, 2016 – Dr. Robert Wright answers questions about how artificial turf may pose concerns for Children’s health.


Time Magazine – April 11, 2016 – Dr. Philip Landrigan and David Bellinger, PhD, MSc, Professor of Neurology at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital, discuss how to finally end lead poisoning in U.S.

Greenwich Time – April 18, 2016 – CEHC Chairman Alex Bergstein expresses concerns over the health effects associated with artificial turf in Greenwich, Ct.


Time Magazine – May 4, 2016 – Dr. Philip Landrigan weighs in on London’s air pollution problem.

Time Magazine – May 4, 2016 – Dr. Maida Galvez states the dangers of microwaving plastic containers and the toxic chemicals that are released into our bodies.


Environmental Health News – June 15, 2016 – Dr. Sarah Evans discusses link between BPA and hyperactivity in children.

NY1 – June 2016 – Drs. Robert Wright and Manish Arora discuss how The Lautenberg Laboratory is using baby teeth to analyze chemical distribution in and toxic exposures in children.


The Washington Post – July 11, 2016 – Dr. Manish Arora talks about his new research and how he’s using baby teeth to analyze toxic exposures.

DNA Info – July 12, 2016 – Dr. Philip Landrigan discusses what you need to know about the safety of your home’s drinking water.

Daily Herald – July 30, 2016 – Dr. Manish Arora explains how baby teeth contain clues about toxins and talks about his work that’s part of an emerging field of study focused on the exposome.


Market Watch – August 13, 2016 – Dr. Robert Wright talks health effects of both Zika and DEET.

The Bulletin – August 25, 2016 – Dr. Manish Arora explains how teeth are biological hard drives and how he’s using them to study toxic exposures in children.


Momtastic Health – September 2016 – Dr. Maida Galvez shares tricks pediatricians like her use to keep their own kids healthy.


The Chew – October 4, 2016 – Dr. Maida Galvez and Mario Batali pay a visit to a school that’s changing the way kids eat forever.


The Huffington Post – November 14, 2016 – Dr. Philip Landrigan weighs in on the debates that continue to rise over toxic turf and its potential health effects.


National Postdoctoral Association – December 2, 2016 – Dr. Alison P. Sanders receives NPA 2017 Distinguished Service Award.

Environmental Health News – December 7, 2016 – Dr. Shanna Swan weighs in on if plastic chemicals in dads are hurting embryos.

News Max Health – December 16, 2016 – Dr. Luz Claudio weighs in on study that discusses possibility of BPA-Free teethers still containing hormone-disruptors.

CBS Evening News – December 19, 2016 – Dr. Philip Landrigan explains that no level of lead in the human body is safe.