The Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU) Network has prepared a number of valuable resources on environmental health:
- Clinician Fact Sheets. Fact sheets for clinical professionals are available on a wide range of issues.
- Patient Fact Sheets. Fact sheets for the general public cover similar topics as those for clinical professionals, but are intended for use by the general public and as patient handouts.
- Integrated Pest Management Information. The integrated pest management toolkit for early care and education programs provides information about how to implement IPM.
- Pediatric Environmental Health Curriculum. This interactive pediatric environmental health curriculum, with sections on the community environment, performing a home visit and other useful resources, is intended to help pediatric residents meet training requirements.
- Learning Modules. Baylor College of Medicine faculty, in conjunction with the Southwest Center for Pediatric Environmental Health, have produced learning modules on Children's Environmental Health: Overview and General Principles and Lead Poisoning in Children: What You Can Do In Your Practice.
Self-Learning Modules (for CME credit). The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) offers self-instructional primers intended to increase health providers' knowledge of environmental hazards in the environment. The modules include topics such as Environmental Triggers of Asthma and Taking a Pediatric Exposure History.
Resources Developed by National Non-Profit Organizations
- American Lung Association (ALA) provides in-depth information about air quality, lung health and tobacco control. ALA worked with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to create an Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools Action Kit. The kit can be downloaded or ordered free of charge by calling 1-800-490-0419. ALA also publishes a yearly State of the Air report.
- Health Care Without Harm promotes healthy and environmentally sustainable health care practices, including, for example, green cleaning in health care.
- National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF) seeks to advance environmental health knowledge and incorporate environmental health into clinical practice. Projects and resources include a Pediatric Asthma Initiative (with guidelines for health care providers on the environmental management of pediatric asthma), a Pediatric Environmental History Initiative (including environmental history forms and training modules), a Pesticides Initiative and Children and Nature Initiative.
- Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) is a physician-led organization that is committed to creating a safer and healthier world. The Environment and Health Program, along with partner organizations, created the Pediatric Environmental Health Toolkit for Primary Health Care Providers and Patients, a set of American Academy of Pediatrics reference guides for health professionals and education materials for the general public.
Resources from Local Non-Profit Organizations
- Air Alliance Houston. Air Alliance publishes reports, hosts an annual Earth Day Houston Festival and provides interactive enrichment programs for children (ozone theater and air pollution solutions).
- Houston Clean Air Network. University of Houston, Air Alliance Houston and ALA Plains-Gulf Region launched a website that maps real-time ozone concentrations.
- Houston-Galveston Area Council. The HGAC Regional Air Quality Planning Committee publishes an Air Quality Reference Guide for the Houston-Galveston-Brazoria Area. It is a joint effort by leaders from the business, local government, and environmental communities.
- The State of Health: Houston and Harris County, Texas. Nine Houston/Harris County health organizations partner to develop pertinent health indicators. The 2012 State of Health report describes trends in key health indicators and summarizes public health actions to address identified issues.
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