The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has selected the School of Nursing & Health Studies at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., as the new academic home for the Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment, a regional pediatric environmental health specialty unit, according to a news release.
Laura Anderko, PhD, RN, the Robert and Kathleen Scanlon Chair in Values Based Health Care at the Georgetown School of Nursing & Health Sciences, will direct the center, which covers the District of Columbia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, according to the release. According to the CDC, the mission is to improve the recognition, evaluation and management of environmental health problems, and reduce environmental health disparities among children.
“The Mid-Atlantic Center will provide information to the public and consultation to health professionals around environmental risks that impact children,” Anderko said in the release. “Children are especially vulnerable to exposures to environmental hazards as they breathe, drink and eat more per pound of body weight than adults, thereby receiving a greater exposure than adults. Children also behave differently than adults, and these behavioral differences impact their exposures.”
The Region 3 PEHSU formerly was housed at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. The CDC awarded Anderko more than $700,000 for a period of five years to direct the federally funded initiative at Georgetown, according to the release. The award is administered through the American Academy of Pediatrics.
In 2014, Anderko won a regional Nurse.com Nursing Excellence GEM award for Advancing and Leading the Profession.