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Iowa City IA 52242
Release: Aug. 31, 2001
UI forms Midwest Regional Pediatric Environmental Health Center
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Specialists in the Childrens Hospital of Iowa in
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics have created an advanced health center
to help health care providers, communities, educators and families identify
and correct situations in which children might be exposed to toxic substances.
The Midwest Regional Pediatric Environmental Health Center is based in Iowa
City, Iowa, and serves Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. The goal of the
center's team is to provide information about pediatric, public health and
environmental health issues.
Possible environmental exposure issues include indoor and outdoor air pollution,
waterborne contaminants, toxic waste, agricultural pollutants and pesticides,
carbon monoxide, food additives such as antibiotics, hormones or steroids,
volatile organic compounds, paints, solvents, degreasers, cleaning solutions
and heavy metals such as lead, arsenic or mercury.
Joel Kline, M.D., UI associate professor of internal medicine, serves as
director of the center. Kline said, "The center will meet a clear need
in the region. Children are exposed to a wide range of toxins in their environments,
and it is very important to identify and correct those exposures to protect
Team members in the center provide telephone consultations, educational
materials and training, as well as referrals and clinical services.
For more information, call toll free at (866) 697-7342. Inquiries may also
be e-mailed to MWRPHEHC@uiowa.edu.
In addition, you can visit the new center online at www.uihealthcare.com/depts/pediatricenvironmentalhealth/.
For emergencies, call 911 or the Poison Control Center in your state. The
toll-free telephone number for the Iowa Statewide Poison Control Center is
University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between
the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient
care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit
UI Health Care online at www.uihealthcare.com.