National Center for Environmental Health

CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) plans, directs, and coordinates a program to protect the American people from environmental hazards. We promote a healthy environment and prevent premature death,  avoidable illness and disability caused by non-infectious, non-occupational environmental and related factors. We are especially committed to safeguarding the health of vulnerable populations – such as children, the elderly, and people with disabilities – from certain environmental hazards.

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Protect yourself from wildfire smoke.

Noise-Induced Hearing Loss

October is National Protect Your Hearing Month!

Loud noises damage hearing. Protect your ears. Get your hearing checked.

Newborn screening

Newborn Screening

Learn about CDC’s newborn screening quality assurance program.



Prepare for a hurricane or tropical storm.


Flood Safety Tips

Read these important tips to reduce damage and protect yourself and family during a flood.

Children’s Health Month – October 2019

Children’s Health Month – October 2019

Today, children may face illnesses linked to environmental exposures where they live, learn, and play. For example, children may be exposed to harmful chemicals in the air they breathe, the water they drink, or soil they touch or swallow.


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Follow @CDCEnvironment on Twitter for info, tips, and news you can use about ways your environment and your health are connected!

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Page last reviewed: October 2, 2019