“We owe our children – the most vulnerable citizens in any society – a life free from violence and fear.”
―  Nelson Mandela
Dear Friends,

We find our nation grieving, devastated and furious.

In three months, with over 112,500 lives taken away by the Coronavirus, again, we are reminded of the disproportionate burden suffered by communities of color and low-income communities.

Centuries of human rights abuses endured by members of our African-American community, compounded still by systemic racism, demand that we stand for the change that is needed. READ MORE
Food For Thought
Environmental Health & Justice Resources
COVID-19 Projections:
Delayed Response to Rebound Would Cost Lives
Dr. Jefferey Shaman on Rachel Maddow
Dr. Shaman , Columbia University's, Environmental Health Sciences, Director, Climate and Health Program speaks to Rachel Maddow.
R ead Article
CCCEH Youth Advisory Council
The Center's youth advisory council,  Environmental Health and Justice (EHJ) Advocates , as they have named themselves, is comprised of young leaders committed to reducing disparities and promoting the health of their communities.  This youth-led council is currently meeting weekly.

For more information about the council and its activities, please contact:  Anabel Cole at ac3580@cumc.columbia.edu . READ MORE
Congratulations to Dr. Diana Hernández
& Dr. Virginia Rauh
Congratulations to our Center Investigators: Dr. Diana Hernandez on her tenure appointment, and Dr. Virginia Rauh on her appointment to the EPA's Children's Health and Protection Advisory Committee . Read More
Support our COVID-19 Research & Families
The Center is conducting COVID-19 research as part of the ECHO Study.

Our cohorts are located at the current epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, such as the South Bronx. As early evidence indicates minority and low-income populations are disproportionately impacted. We have an unparalleled opportunity to understand the impacts of this pandemic by engaging our already available cohorts in COVID-19 research.

We have been in the process of transitioning our research work to virtual questionnaires. Due to the comprehensive design and multiple check-ins, conducting surveys via phone does not suffice.

Many of our families are low-income and do not have the means to own electronic devices. This work is just beginning, and we need your support to help us purchase tablets for families in need.

Our goal is to raise $30,000.00 to purchase 200 tablets, (Fire HD 10 tablets at $150.00). Please give today, a gift of 2 tablets-$300.00, 10 tablets- $1,500.00, 100 tablets- $15,000.00. 

The devices will:

  1. provide the families with the means to stay abreast of emerging information ensuring their well-being and facilitate their children's virtual lessons.
  2. allow for the new COVID-19 research questionnaires to be implemented.
  3. allow for our on-going environmental health and justice research to continue among the same groups.

We know this is a difficult time for everyone and your support is especially appreciated.
Stay Healthy and Safe,

Julie and Ricky
Julie Herbstman, PhD
Director, Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health

Frederica P. Perera, DrPH, PhD
Director of Translational Research and Founding Director
Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health
Columbia Center for Children's Environmental Health