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Project TENDR

Anderko, Laura, PhD, RN

AJN The American Journal of Nursing: May 2017 - Volume 117 - Issue 5 - p 61–64
doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000516275.74228.b6
Environments and Health

Chemicals are ubiquitous in the food we eat, the water we drink, the air we breathe, and the products we use at work and in our personal lives. Toxic chemicals increase the risk of cognitive, behavioral, and neurodevelopmental disorders throughout the life span. The Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 was intended to allow for the collection of data on and regulation of these chemicals but has been criticized for its significant limitations in protecting the public's health. In recognition of the scientific evidence demonstrating the connection between toxic environmental chemicals and neurodevelopmental disorders, Project TENDR (Targeting Environmental Neuro-Developmental Risks)—a collaborative initiative of scientists, health professionals, and children's health advocates—produced a call to action last July with the aim of reducing exposure to chemicals and pollutants that contribute to the development of these disorders.

This first article in a new series on the effects of the environment on health discusses a collaborative initiative of scientists, health professionals, and children's advocates to promote chemical policy reform.

Laura Anderko is the Robert and Kathleen Scanlon Endowed Chair in Values Based Health Care and a professor at the Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies in Washington, DC. Contact author: The author has disclosed no potential conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

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