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The Environmental Health Program at Children’s Mercy is a nationally recognized program that provides environmental health consulting, patient case management, research, education, training, and analytical services. Our team aims to help improve and advocate for the health of individuals with environmentally triggered illnesses.

Healthy Home Program


The Healthy Home Program is a partnership between our staff, your healthcare provider, and you to help identify and reduce environmental exposures that may cause or worsen health problems. 

Learn more about the Healthy Home Program

Healthy Schools and Childcare Program


The Healthy Schools and Childcare Program helps school districts and child-care organizations develop effective strategies to improve the indoor environmental conditions in their facilities.

Learn more about how to participate in the program.

Today's Pollen Count

Children’s Mercy is certified by the National Allergy Bureau and has been collecting pollen count data daily for more than 20 years, which is provided to the community. We collect pollen, mold and particulate counts right on the roof of our downtown Kansas City hospital and share them on this site and through the AccuPollen™ Allergy Tracker app.

Environmental Health Program Services

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Environmental Health Program Staff

Ryan Allenbrand, MS, CIEC
Environmental Hygienist
Healthy Home Program Manager

Connie Aubin
Administrative Coordinator

Eric Bowles, REHS/RS
Environmental Hygienist
Childhood Lead Poison Prevention Program Manager

Minati Dhar, PhD
Research Associate
Environmental Health Laboratory

Anita Didonna, CCRC
Community Health Specialist

Kait Ruether, MS
Environmental Hygienist

Elizabeth Friedman MD, MPH
Medical Director
Pediatrician, Department of Pediatrics
Children’s Mercy Hospital

Luke Gard, CIEC
Environmental Hygienist
Healthy Schools Program Manager

Kevin Kennedy, MPH, CIEC
Environmental Hygienist
Environmental Health Program Director