Rosa and Carlos Plan a Family

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Raising a healthy child begins before the pregnancy. Watch Rosa and Carlos prepare to have a family. What changes will they make to protect their child’s health?

Rosa’s mom is a ‘promotora’ – a community health worker. She knows that leukemia is becoming a bigger problem for Latino kids.

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Rosa’s mom worries about her future grandchild and she wants to make sure Rosa has access to all the best information about how to prepare for a healthy pregnancy.

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Rosa mentioned to her doctor that she and Carlos were considering having a baby. The doctor recommended she start taking a prenatal vitamin and told her to add more fruits and veggies to her diet.

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The doctor also said that Carlos needs to help prepare for the baby, too. Carlos smokes cigarettes and their bad health effects could also damage the baby.

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Rosa found a list of all the household chemicals that could be in her carpet and on the surfaces in her home. Now she wants to clean the house so it will be ready for the new baby.

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This graphic was supported by the US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) (grants P01 ES018172 and P50ES018172) and the USEPA (grants RD83451101 and RD83615901), as part of the Center for Integrative Research on Childhood Leukemia and the Environment (CIRCLE). The California Childhood Leukemia Study was also supported in part by NIEHS (grant R01ES009137). This work also was supported by the American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) and funded (in part) by the cooperative agreement FAIN: U61TS000238-04 from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supports the PEHSU by providing partial funding to ATSDR under Inter-Agency Agreement number DW-75-95877701-4. The ideas and opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the ATSDR, EPA, or NIEHS. Endorsement of any product or service mentioned by ATSDR, EPA, or NIEHS is not intended nor should it be inferred.

Other Resources:

Dirty Little Secrets About House Dust. Source: CIRCLE COTC

Avoiding Exposure to Air Pollution. Source: World Health Organization


Learn more about Rosa and Carlos. Source: CIRCLE COTC

Integrated Pest Management in Child Care. Source: Western States PEHSU

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