There are many complex interactions that effect health that are discussed using an ecological framework. This framework describes the complex interactions and many events over time that influence health or disease in an individual including those that occur on molecular, cellular, and organ system levels. Factors such as environmental exposures, social experiences, and nutrition, particularly during early life, contribute to resilient outcomes.

This program examines critical time windows during development that may enhance social stressors and chemical exposures resulting in profound effects on an individual. Interactions among family, social support systems, and the larger community, access to good nutrition, healthy homes, and positive work and play environments are all important and contribute to resilience. These ideas build a framework for understanding environmental justice and how it addresses systematic disparities in exposures to environmental hazards based on race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic/societal standings that may impact people’s health.

For physicians, nurses, and health educators who are interested in receiving continuing education units for this module, please access the module here.

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