Children's Mercy provides comprehensive pediatric environmental health services through the Mid-America Pediatric Environmental Health
Specialty Unit (MAPEHSU). It is one of 13 Pediatric Environmental
Health Specialty Units (PEHSUs) located in the continental United
States and in Canada and Mexico. The program works to expand the knowledge base of pediatric environmental medicine for health professionals.
About the Program
The PEHSU Program was established in 1998 by the Association of
Occupational and Environmental Clinics (AOEC). The goal of the
PEHSU Program is to increase awareness and knowledge of pediatric
environmental health. PEHSU sites receive their funding from the Agency for Toxic
Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) and the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency-Region 7 (EPA-7). Funds are administered
through the AOEC.
The AOEC is a network of more than 60 clinics in the
United States and Canada that evaluate and treat patients with
occupational and environmental exposures. The AOEC is
responsible for the overall management of PEHSU activities. MAPEHSU serves EPA's Region 7, which includes the states of Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska. Our mission is to provide expert clinical, consultative, and educational services to improve the recognition and treatment of children's environmental health problems in the mid-America region.
- The MAPEHSU enables our team to provide consultation and advice from a physician or health care provider with expertise in pediatric environmental health.
- Patients and families have referral access to health agencies with an interest in pediatric environmental health.
- Our team provides environmental health education and outreach services to the medical community.
- The program helps spread broad awareness and knowledge of pediatric environmental health issues.