Environmental Health Specialty Unit Education
Environmental Health Specialty Unit Education

Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units


Mid-America Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit


Environmental Education for Health Care Professionals

  • Pediatric Environmental Health Interactive Curriculum: This is an easy-to-administer environmental health curriculum, which meets ACGME competencies, is adaptable to multiple sites, and doesn't require expertise in environmental health to administer. It is not comprehensive in the topics of environmental health. Instead, it aims to teach pediatric residents proficiency in environmental health and establish a foundation of knowledge upon which they will expand during their careers. Modules include: Community Environment Module; Home Visit; Fact Check; and EH Trivia http://coeh.berkeley.edu/ucpehsu/ehc.html
  • The first is a new Environmental Health and Medicine Education training portal (www.atsdr.cdc.gov/emes/index.html). This portal houses updated and redesigned educational materials for health professionals as well as products for the general public. On this portal you will find 

ATSDR's Division of Toxicology and Environmental Medicine (DTEM), the Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR,) and the University of California-San Francisco Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU) teamed up to develop an environmental health anticipatory guidance training module. This training module is based on PSR's Pediatric Environmental Health Toolkit, which has been endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics. It introduces users to environmental health, instructs pediatric health care providers to use the toolkit, and discusses the best methods for delivering environmental health anticipatory guidance in the clinical setting.

This online training is for pediatric health care providers, health educators and other health professionals interested in environmental health anticipatory guidance for pediatric patients. This training offers continuing education at no cost. Once you launch the training module you will be prompted to register for continuing education. Continuing education available:

  • Continuing Medical Education (CME) for Physicians: 1.5 AMA PR Category 1 credits
  • Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) for Nurses: 1.5 contact hours
  • Continuing Education Units (CEU) for other Professionals: 0.15 credits
  • Continuing Education Contact Hours (CECH) for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES): 1.5 Category I credits

The Pediatric Environmental Health Toolkit Training is an interactive web-based module that introduces users to the basics of environmental health and explains the purpose and best use of toolkit materials. It offers health care providers detailed examples about how to best deliver anticipatory guidance on a range of environmental health issues, especially during well-child visits. The training typically takes 90 minutes with an additional 20 minutes to complete the post test (required for continuing education credit).

  • NEW! EPA Mold Web course, Introduction to Mold and Mold Remediation for Environmental and Public Health Professionals:  www.epa.gov/mold

This web course contains information on mold prevention and remediation. It is designed primarily for enviornmental and public health professionals. If you would like to take a short quiz on your current mold knowledge, you can begin with the pre-test. The Mold Course has nine chapters; these chapters are further divided into smaller lessons. At the end of each chapter there is a voluntary quiz to test your understanding of the material covered. Each chapter may be accessed at any point in the course using the menu on the left side of the page. A print version of the Mold Course can be found at: http://www.epa.gov/mold/moldcourse/moldcourse.pdf

Children and Emergencies:

Case Studies in Environmental Medicine:

Climate for Change Conference - Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center, 4750 Troost, Kansas City, Mo.

The Facts on BPA:

Environmental Education Resources Links:

Insect Repellents:

How to Use Insect Repellents Safely: http://www.epa.gov/pesticides/health/mosquitoes/insectrp.htm

"Childhood Lead Poisoning Awareness Week: October 11 thru October 27, 2012

National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (NLPPW)
CDC and HHS share the goal of eliminating childhood lead poisoning in the United States. NLPPW occurs every year during the last full week in October (Senate. Resolution 199). During NLPPW, CDC aims to:

  • Raise awareness about lead poisoning
  • Stress the importance of screening the highest-risk children younger than six years of age (preferably by ages one and two) if they have not been tested yet;
  • Highlight partner's efforts to prevent childhood lead poisoning
  • Urge people to take steps to reduce lead exposure

During NLPPW, many states and communities offer free blood-lead testing and conduct various education and awareness events. For more information about NLPPW activities in your area, please contact your state or local health department.

Medication Disposal:

How to Dispose of Unused Medicines -  http://www.fda.gov/consumer/updates/drug_disposal062308.html

Melamine Factsheet:  Melamine Factsheet

Mold Links:

Molds - What you need to know about molds

For general information on mold, flooding, EPA mold brochures, and other mold and moisture control-related resources see: www.epa.gov/mold.

Mercury Links:

Methamphetamine Links:

Methamphetamine - What is "Meth?"

Children Exposed to Methamphetamine Lab Sites: Assessment and Treatment

Children Exposed to Methamphetamine Lab Sites: Psychosocial Hazards

Methamphetamine: Partial Bibliography

Today's sedentary lifestyle has contributed to many health problems impacting our children, possibly putting them at risk of having a shorter lifespan than their parents. Time spent outdoors and in nature can potentially increase levels of physical activity, reduce stress, aid in healthy development and serve as a coping mechanism for attention disorders, helping children to lead healthier lives. The MAPEHSU and NEEF (National Environmental Education Foundation) encourage children to play outdoors to improve their physical and emotional health.

Children and Nature Initiative Links:



This Education listing was supported by the Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics (AOEC) and funded (in part) by the cooperative agreement award number 1U61TS000118-03 from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).

Acknowledgement: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supports the PEHSU by providing funds to ATSDR under Inter-Agency Agreement number DW-75-92301301-0. Neither EPA nor ATSDR endorse the purchase of any commercial products or services mentioned in PEHSU publications.

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