The Mid Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment (MACCHE) is a program of the American Academy of Pediatrics through a cooperative agreement with the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Mid-Atlantic Center is located at Children’s National Health System.
To improve the recognition, evaluation and management of environmental health problems among the children of Federal Region III, which includes Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia and the District of Columbia.
- To educate health professionals, parents, caregivers, and concerned citizens about children and their specific needs and risks associated with environmental health.
- To conduct educational activities that will assist both health professional and communities in addressing environmental risks to children.
- To improve the recognition, evaluation and management of environmental health problems in children within Region III.
- To reduce environmental health disparities among children in Region III.
The purpose of this site is to provide information about the Mid-Atlantic Center for Children's Health and the Environment and about children's environmental health in general. The purpose of this site is not to provide medical advice and individuals should consult a qualified health care provider for medical advice and answers to personal questions. The information on this website should not be taken as medical advice, which can only be given to you by your personal health care professional.
Leadership and Sponsors
Jerome A. Paulson, MD, FAAP is the Director and Professor of Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences and Professor of Environmental & Occupational Health at the GW School of Public Health & Health Services. He is the Medical Director for National & Global Affairs of the Children’s Health Advocacy Institute at Children’s National.
Dr. Paulson serves as chairperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Environmental Health and serves on the Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee for the US Environmental Protection Agency. In October 2004 he was a Dozor Visiting Professor at Ben Gurion University in Beer Sheva, Israel. He lectured there and throughout Israel on children’s environmental health. He was a recipient of a Soros Advocacy Fellowship for Physicians from the Open Society Institute and worked with the Children’s Environmental Health Network, and has also served as a special assistant to the director of the National Center on Environmental Health of the CDC working on children’s environmental health issues. He is the editor of the October, 2001 and the February and April 2007 editions of Pediatric Clinics of North America on children’s environmental health. He has served on numerous boards and committees related to children’s environmental health.
Maryann Amirshahi completed her PharmD at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, followed by medical school at Temple University. She completed her emergency medicine residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, medical toxicology fellowship at the George Washington University, and clinical pharmacology fellowship at Children’s National. She also received an MPH from the George Washington University focusing on environmental and occupational health. She is board certified in emergency medicine and medical toxicology. She is an Assistant Professor of emergency medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine and practices at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. She serves as a toxicology consultant for the Mid-Atlantic Center for Children’s Health and the Environment and the National Capital Poison Center. Her research interests include medication safety, medical toxicology, and prescription drug abuse.
Veronica Tinney, MPH, Project Coordinator obtained her Master of Public Health in Environmental Health Science and Policy at the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services and her BA in International Affairs from Florida State University. Ms. Tinney has worked on projects with the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, the National Environmental Education Foundation and the Children’s Environmental Health Network. In addition to children’s environmental health, Ms. Tinney is interested in occupational safety and chemical policy.
Abby Nerlinger, MD, is a Pediatric Hospital Medicine Fellow at Children's National and Clinical Instructor of Pediatrics at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She is board certified in general pediatrics, completed pediatrics residency at Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters/Eastern Virginia Medical School, and completed medical school at Yale University School of Medicine. Her research and advocacy interests include the intersection of public health and hospital medicine, indoor and outdoor environmental asthma triggers, and toxic substances policy.
The Mid-Atlantic Center for Children's Health and the Environment is funded by the American Academy of Pediatrics through a cooperative agreement with the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units
The Mid-Atlantic Center is one of 10 Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSUs). Each federal region has a PEHSU they can contact with questions on environmental health. For more information, visit: http://pehsu.net.
Please see information sheet "What is the PEHSU Program" for more information on the PEHSUs.
Please direct any other questions or concerns to:
Veronica Tinney, MPH
Mid-Atlantic Center for Children's Health and the Environment
2233 Wisconsin Ave., NW Suite 317
Washington, DC 20007
Toll free: 866-622-2431