How did the organization get started?
Healthy Child Healthy World was founded in 1992 by James and Nancy Chuda after the death of their daughter Colette to a rare, non-hereditary cancer linked to pesticide exposure. In the early years, Healthy Child funded research that became the first systematic analysis of children’s exposure to carcinogens in their home and school environments. It was this study – amongst others – that sparked the interest of Senator Barbara Boxer in 1996 to take action to introduce an amendment to the “Toxic Substances Control Act”. This bill was dedicated in Colette’s honor.
What is the main goal for Healthy Child Healthy World?
The main goal for Healthy Child is to provide targeted educational resources so parents and caregivers can make informed decisions to protect the health and development of our children. Healthy Child does this through its online resources and materials, healthy parenting kits, educational workshops, partnerships with community parenting groups, and advocacy initiatives.