The Journal of Applied Research on Children is an open-access, peer-reviewed online journal uniquely focused on the needs of children through a holistic prism. Focused on interdisciplinary research that is linked to practical, evidenced-based policy solutions for children’s issues, JARC serves to inform legislative and policy decisions, as well as existing and innovative practice models. Furthermore, JARC aims to serve as a resource to child advocates and community stakeholders by providing case studies on how innovative research and data have been used effectively to influence local, state, or national policies. JARC focuses on timely child-related topics including—but not limited to—human trafficking, food insecurity, and the quality of public education.

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Current Issue: Volume 12, Issue 1 (2021) Environmental Justice and Climate Change

Susan E. Pacheco, MD

Ruth A. Etzel, MD, PhD

This special issue of the Journal of Applied Research on Children features articles that contribute to a better understanding of the nexus of environmental justice and climate change. The issue includes articles that explore the physical and mental health effects of climate change on marginalized children, the views of youth on the climate crisis, and efforts to decrease carbon emissions at the community level. Each of us has a role to play in choosing how we respond.

Issue Editor's Point of View


Guest Editors' Introduction
Susan Pacheco and Ruth A. Etzel



Informing Policy on Built Environments to Safeguard Children in Environmental Justice Communities: Case Study of Five AAP Climate Advocates
Katie Durrwachter-Erno MD, Gredia Huerta-Montanez MD, Vivian Nguyen, Aaron A. Levy DO, Jennifer M. Lawson MD, and Vi T. Nguyen MD


The Nexus of Climate Change, COVID-19, and Environmental Justice on Children's Health
Emma Pennea, Laura Anderko, Caroline Moore, and Ruth McDermott-Levy


The effects of cumulative natural disaster exposure on adolescent psychological distress
Gabriella Y. Meltzer, Meghan Zacher PhD, Alexis Merdjanoff PhD, Mai P. Do MD DrPH, NhuNgoc K. Pham MPH, and David Abramson PhD MPH


Chronic Conditions and Pediatric Healthcare Utilization during Warm Weather Days in New York City
Li Niu, Maria Teresa Herrera, Blean Girma, Bian Liu, Jeffrey Glassberg, Leah Schinasi, Jane E. Clougherty, and Perry Sheffield

Invited Commentary


Pediatric Climate Change Advocacy: A Call to Action for Health Care Providers
Pragya Rai, John I. Sutter, J Gary Wheeler, Robert G. Byron, and Lori G. Byron

Perspective from the Field