Children’s Environmental Health Center (Brown University)

The Children’s Environmental Health Center, jointly funded by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the Environmental Protection Agency, focuses on environmental stressors and how they alter normal fetal development. We aim to develop new human-relevant approaches to evaluating fetal responses to environmental stressors by direct exposure and assessment of human tissues.

Phil Brown directs the Community Outreach and Translation Core, which works on the following projects:

-Hospitals for a Healthy Environment in Rhode Island (H2ERI)- works to improve environmental health and patient safety by reducing health care’s consumption of energy, water and raw materials and generation of waste, and reducing the use and exposure to persistent, bio-accumulative, toxic chemicals. We work with hospitals to help them to engage in environmentally preferred purchasing, actively seeking alternative sustainable products, engaging in inventory management, transitioning to renewable energy sources, waste management, recycling programs, healing gardening and landscaping, and by purchasing and serving healthy foods made in sustainable ways. Since 2011 there has been an annual statewide conference, as well as ongoing activities.

See H2ERI website:

-Children’s Environmental Health Workshop – training for home visitors working with various populations of children and their families

-Science Cafe’s – public presentations on children’s environmental health

-Healthy Food – partner in Alliance for a Healthy Rhode Island, which works to reduce consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages, as well as other projects.



See our website for detailed information:

See Below for our Partner Organizations and Funding Agencies:

Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, RI

Rhode Island Hospital, an affiliated teaching hospital of Brown University’s Alpert Medical School, is the state’s largest hospital and the third largest hospital in New England. It is designated as the Level 1 Trauma Center for southeastern New England, providing expert staff and equipment in emergency situations 24 hours a day. Rhode Island Hospital is home to a Comprehensive Cancer Center. Its pediatric division, Hasbro Children’s Hospital, opened in 1994 and cares for some 7,000 inpatients and 60,000 outpatients annually.
Visit Rhode Island Hospital site

Women and Infants Hospital, Providence, RI

Women & Infants Hospital is one of the nation’s leading specialty hospitals for women and newborns. The primary teaching affiliate of Brown University’s Alpert Medical School for obstetrics, gynecology and newborn pediatrics, Women & Infants is the tenth largest obstetrical service in the country with more than 9,700 deliveries per year. In 2003, Brown University and Women & Infants were named a National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The hospital offers specialty gynecological services as well, for treatment of infertility and cancer, including the Breast Health Center, a specialized center offering education, support, diagnosis and contemporary treatment for all breast health problems.
Go to Women and Infants Hospital site

Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island

The Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island (EJ League) is an alliance of individuals and organizations working together to promote environmental justice in Rhode Island through advocacy, education, networking, organizing, and research.
Go to the Environmental Justice League of Rhode Island site

Silent Spring Institute

Silent Spring Institute, founded in tribute to environmental pioneer Rachel Carson, is a collaboration of scientists, physicians, public health advocates, and community activists committed to breast cancer prevention and improved women’s health through environmental studies.
Go to the Silent Spring Institute site

Rhode Island Department of Health, Division of Community, Family Health and Equity

Rhode Island’s Division of Community, Family Health and Equity offers community based programs and services that promote healthy child development, and emphasize the prevention and control of disease and disability.
Go to the Division of Community, Family Health and Equity

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

NIH is the steward of medical and behavioral research for the nation. Its mission is science in pursuit of fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and the application of that knowledge to extend healthy life and reduce the burdens of illness and disability.
Go to the National Institutes of Health

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

Human health and human disease result from three interactive elements: environmental factors, individual susceptibility and age. The mission of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) is to reduce the burden of human illness and dysfunction from environmental causes by understanding each of these elements and how they interrelate. The NIEHS achieves its mission through multidisciplinary biomedical research programs, prevention and intervention efforts and communication strategies that encompass training, education, technology transfer and community outreach.
Go to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

United States Environmental Protection Agency

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency opened its doors in downtown Washington, D.C., on December 2, 1970. EPA was established to consolidate in one agency a variety of federal research, monitoring, standard-setting and enforcement activities to ensure environmental protection. EPA’s mission is to protect human health and to safeguard the natural environment–air, water, and land – upon which life depends. For more than 30 years, the EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.
Go to the United States Environmental Protection Agency