The Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment provides consultation and education to families and health providers about kids and environmental hazards.
The Center’s clinicians specialize in children’s and reproductive environmental health. Our team includes certified nurse midwife, family nurse practitioner, medical toxicologist, nurse, and pediatrician.
Contact us if you are pregnant and concerned about environmental exposures or if you suspect a child is experiencing health problems from exposure to environmental pollutants such as
- Indoor air pollution – mold, formaldehyde-laden building materials, asbestos, sick building issues, and asthma triggers
- Outdoor air pollution – asthma triggers and air pollutants including:air borne toxins, chemical waste, exhaust and fumes, carbon monoxide
- Water pollution – toxic bacteria, lead, PFCs
- Farming and lawn pollutants – fertilizers, pesticides
- Work-related exposure (for parents and employed teens) – solvents, chemicals, lead, sick building issues
- Other toxic exposures – mercury, lead, arsenic, solvents, hazardous waste
The Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment (MACCHE) is one of ten Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSU) in the US, serving residents in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. MACCHE is the Region 3 PEHSU and is supported by the School of Nursing & Health Studies at Georgetown University Medical Center.
The Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health & the Environment, a Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit prepared this website on behalf of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) as part of the cooperative agreement award number 5 NU61TS000237-05 from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).
Acknowledgement: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supports the PEHSU by providing partial funding to ATSDR under Inter-Agency Agreement number DW-75-95877701. Neither EPA nor ATSDR endorse the purchase of any commercial products or services mentioned in PEHSU publications.
This page should be used for informational purposes only. Information on this page should not be construed as medical advice, diagnosis or treatment of any condition. Do not use this page as a substitute for medical care from a qualified medical professional.
Emergencies: If you believe you may be experiencing a medical emergency please call your physician or dial 911 immediately. This page should not be used to report an emergency or substitute for emergency care. Do not delay in seeking qualified medical help.
If you need to monitor an incident of poisoning or have a question about a potential source of poisoning, please call the American Association of Poison Control Centers at 1-800-222-1222.