Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSU)

Funding Agency:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) has a mandate to prevent or reduce illness and negative environmental health risks associated with exposure to hazardous substances in the environment. This can best be accomplished by preventing environmental contamination and the potential for exposures. Therefore, educating communities about environmental risk and how to reduce those risks will help to lower negative health outcomes. Further, preparing primary care clinicians to recognize environmental exposure risks, provide risk reduction screening and/or counseling, and deliver patient care to those at risk of or harm from acute or chronic exposures to hazardous substances in the environment supports ATSDR’s mandate. It will also build health care capacity to assess patient and family environmental exposure risks and reinforce community risk reduction education, and, if needed, aid clinicians to intervene on illness resulting from exposure to hazardous substances in the environment.

The purpose of the PEHSU Program is to serve as a leading national source of medical information and consultative advice on environmental conditions, with emphasis on exposure to hazardous substances in the environment, that influence human health throughout the vulnerable stages of reproduction and pediatric development. The PEHSU serves health professionals, community organizations, governmental officials, federal staff, child-care providers, parents, and others having interest in environmental conditions that influence reproductive and pediatric health.


  • Letter of Intent: May 26, 2019
  • Applications: June 26, 2019

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Amount Description

Award Ceiling: $3,500,000 Per Budget Period

Award Floor: $1,500,000 Per Budget Period

Funding Type





Community Outreach and Engagement
Curriculum Development
Environmental & Life Sciences
Medical - Clinical Science
Social Sciences

External Deadline

June 26, 2019