The Philadelphia Regional Center for Children’s Environmental Health is a program of Penn Medicine and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. This brand new program is designed to improve children’s health through the reduction of environmental exposures by providing resources and programs to help educate the Philadelphia community and beyond.
As the program’s first website, we had to identify what the website needed to accomplish and how we could balance the needs of the diverse audience, including parents, teachers, researchers, academics, and policymakers. We worked with an engaged team of six researchers and program administrators from UPenn and CHOP to develop a plan that took into consideration the needs of all stakeholders.
Our goal was to create a site that easily translated lots of research into practical tips and ideas for parents, teachers, pediatricians and more. We created Focus Area pages on Lead, Endocrine Disruptors, Asthma, and Air Pollution, including interactive visuals to help users educate themselves in these important topics. We also created a way for users to more easily find programs that fit the focus area they’re most interested in.
Before this site was pushed live, we completed an extensive ADA accessibility audit with UPenn’s resident accessibility specialist. This collaborative review helped us update our best practices in web accessibility as designers, an area that is constantly evolving as we learn the best way to reach all audiences.