(PRWEB) August 04, 2014
Nsedu Obot Witherspoon, the executive director of the Children’s Environmental Health Network (CEHN), has been appointed by Governor Martin O’Malley of Maryland to the Maryland Children’s Health Protection Advisory Council (CEHPAC) for a four year term. Regarding her appointment, Ms. Obot Witherspoon stated: “As a mom of three young children, a Maryland resident, and children's health advocate, it is an honor to have the opportunity to work with the leaders in the MD Children's Environmental Health and Protection Advisory Council to prevent environmental health related illness among our most vulnerable population.”
CEHPAC was formed in November 2000 and identifies environmental health issues for children and seeks to protect children from these hazards. CEHPAC also advises the General Assembly and recommends guidelines for state agencies. It disseminates information on how to treat, reduce, and eliminate children’s exposure to hazardous substances, as well as alerting the public to potential toxicants which may affect children. In 2013, CEHPAC monitored bills associated with indoor and outdoor air quality, safety to children’s jewelry, tanning devices, pesticides, and phthalates.
Like CEHPAC, CEHN also has a mission to protect the developing child from environmental health hazards. As the executive director, Ms. Obot Witherspoon has served as a spokesperson for children’s vulnerabilities and their need for protection across the country, and brings experience in organizing and leading policy, education/training, and science-related programs to CEHPAC. Dr. Clifford Mitchell, the Director of the Environmental Health Bureau in DHMH and Chair of the Council, said, "Ms. Witherspoon's unique blend of national, state, and local perspectives on children's environmental health issues will be very helpful to the Council. Maryland is fortunate to have exceptional individuals like Ms. Witherspoon, whose advocacy will help our State protect children from environmental hazards."