EPA Office/Lab and Location: A research opportunity is available at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Office of Children's Health Protection (OCHP), Regulatory Support and Science Policy Division (RSSPD) located in Washington, DC. EPA’s children’s health protection efforts are guided by Executive Order 13045, “Protection of Children from Environmental Health Risks and Safety Risks" and "EPA's Policy on Evaluating Risk to Children". OCHP has the fundamental goal to ensure that all EPA actions and programs address the unique vulnerabilities of children. For more information, see: https://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/about-office-childrens-health-protection-ochp and https://www.epa.gov/children.
Research Project: RSSPD addresses the potential for unique exposures, hazards, health effects, and health risks in early life (pregnancy, childhood, reproductive years) during the development of agency actions, regulations, assessments, methods and policies across the EPA. This research opportunity provides the participant a chance to contribute to OCHP by applying science to EPA regulations and risk assessment and regulations. Further, the project provides training in identifying current children’s environmental health issues and provides an opportunity to develop information and approaches to resolve these issues.
Learning Objectives: With guidance from an OCHP mentor and other team members, the participant will gain experience in children’s environmental health (CEH), how scientific evidence is used to inform EPA decision-making, principles of risk assessment and developing regulations, and may be involved in the following training activities:
- Reviewing and addressing CEH, including potential exposures and health effects, in agency actions and rule making
- Providing review of CEH in risk analysis products (e.g., chemical-specific, outcome-specific, or lifestage-specific assessments)
- Conducting literature reviews, conducting analyses/synthesis of data, and preparing scientific text and other materials for EPA reports, scientific journal articles, or other publications related to CEH
- Attending and presenting at scientific conferences related to CEH
- Develop individual projects (e.g., to fill a data gap in CEH) based on professional training and interest
Full details can be found here: https://www.zintellect.com/Opportunity/Details/EPA-OCHP-2020-0001