One goal of the EHS is to incorporate environmental history-taking into the clinical practice of health care providers. Using a comprehensive exposure history can help the clinician understand the patient's physical surroundings, determine whether a current illness has an environmental cause and offer suggestions to promote a healthier home, school or work environment.
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) offers several useful resources for health care providers and concerned community members. Continuing education credit is available.
- Exposure History Form and training on taking an exposure history
- Pediatric Environmental Health Toolkit Training Module, as well as training on taking a pediatric exposure history and Principles of Pediatric Environmental Health
The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) offers several pediatric environmental history forms. These forms are referenced in ATSDR's pediatric exposure history materials.
- Screening Pediatric Environmental History Form (0-18 Years of Age), which captures the most common childhood exposures and can be administered in less than five minutes
- Additional Categories and Questions to supplement the screening form, if any of the screening questions suggest further information is needed
- Environmental History Form for Pediatric Asthma Patients for children already diagnosed with asthma
In addition, the Texas Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program provides a Risk Assessment for Lead Exposure, a questionnaire for parents with children being monitored for blood lead.