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The Deirdre Imus
Environmental Health Center®

Our Mission 
To identify, control, &
ultimately prevent toxic exposures 
 in the environment that threaten our children's health


The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center ® is part of Hackensack University Medical Center, a not-for-profit corporation.  The Environmental Health Center is devoted to the health and well being of children, their parents and the general public through a program of education and action designed to identify and eliminate the carcinogens and environmental factors that assault and ravage our lives.

Our Programs

Greening The Cleaning Products

Leading by example, the Environmental Health Center’s award-winning Greening the Cleaning® program eliminates, to the greatest extent possible, all cleaning agents containing hazardous ingredients and replaces them with naturally derived ingredients with the least level of toxicity. Since its inception in 2001, the program has been implemented by healthcare facilities, government authorities, businesses and schools around the country. 

Greening Your School

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, more than 60 million Americans — one-fifth of the population — spend their days inside school buildings as students, faculty, staff and administration.

As part of one of the nation's premier research and teaching institutions, the Center supports HUMC's commitment to research and education. Our research projects include:
  • A multi-center clinical trial on the safety and efficacy of a pesticide-free head lice treatment. (Resources: Head Lice Treatments)
  • CDC-funded research on "The Environmental Factors of Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders in New Jersey".
  • Formation of Hackensack University Medical Center's Integrative Pediatric Oncology Group, which is studying the role of Vitamin D in the health of cancer survivors.

Additionally, the Center compiles research and information on a variety of environmental hazards and health topics. For more see our  Research Index.  To learn more about current research topics and studies click here.


At The Deirdre Imus Environmental Health Center, education is central to everything we do. Educating parents, teachers, community members and children through public speaking events provides a platform for creating healthier communities.  The Center website promotes learning on a global scale, providing links to resources, research and more. For groups located near Hackensack University Medical Center, Center tours are available on a limited basis, as are print materials.


Childrens Health Legislation

Legislation is an important tool for improving environmental health nationwide. Below is a list of important legislation and bills that we are tracking as well as links to some model legislation.

Integrative Medicine

Integrative medicine blends conventional approaches with the ancient healing practices of alternative medicine, in creating healthcare centered on the whole person. As traditional medicine relies on managing disease, the integrative approach uses prevention as part of a healthy lifestyle. Here, the high-touch healing arts, nutrition and conventional approaches are combined to optimize total wellness of mind, body and spirit for each patient.

Building Green

"Building Green" begins with greater awareness of both the need and the means. Learn more about why green building is important and the resources you need to build "green" into your project, whether for the home, school, government or commercial building. Read more...


Greening Vaccines
"Vaccinations are important, but we must vaccinate safely in order to ensure the health of our children."
 -- Deirdre Imus
Find a Green Pediatrican in Your Area
American Academy of Pediatrics database of integrative pediatricians
Flu Vaccine Perspectives