UCSF PEHSU: Fact Sheets for Clinical Professionals

Continuing Education

SOHcover_squareThe Story of Health eBook 
When a disease or health disorder occurs, people often ask their health care providers, “How did this happen?” A Story of Health multi-media eBook explores this question and delves into how our environments interact with our genes to influence health across the lifespan.  A Story of Health is told through the lives of fictional characters and their families – Brett, a young boy with asthma; Amelia, a teenager with developmental disabilities; and toddler Stephen, recently diagnosed with leukemia. Colorful illustrations, graphics and videos enhance each page. Links to a wide range of additional resources and hundreds of scientific papers enrich each story with information you can use today to promote health and prevent disease. A Story of Health is useful to readers ranging from health professionals to health advocates, from policymakers to those in the health and science media. The eBook offers FREE continuing education credits through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).

Pehsu_logoThe Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units National Classroom
The PEHSU National Classroom offers education on a variety of children’s environmental  health topics including: pesticides, lead, mercury, carbon monoxide, indoor air quality, climate change, mold, and more. Formats include online courses and webinars.  Continuing education credits are available for free from the CDC.

 

Childhood Development, Resilience and the Environment 
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.

 

Free Online Continuing Education CoursePediatric Environmental Health Toolkit Continuing Education Course (CEUs pending)
Free Online 1.5 hour Continuing Education Course based on the Pediatric Environmental Health Toolkit for physicians, nurses, health educators, and other health professionals interested in Pediatric Environmental Health. Designed by UCSF PEHSU in collaboration with the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry and Physicians for Social Responsibility. CE credits given by the CDC (pending update).

 


ATSDR Case Studies in Environmental HealthATSDR Case Studies in Environmental Health 
The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) offers several case studies designed to increase primary care providers’ knowledge and evaluation of patients exposed to hazardous substances. Particularly important case studies include: Environmental Triggers of Asthma, Principles of Pediatric Environmental Health, and Taking a Pediatric Exposure History. Patient education sheets and grand rounds presentations accompany certain case studies. Note: CE is not available for all courses.

 

16779a09d3d649ec65a57ba09551cd71282b5974Pesticides and Child Health: Exposure Recognition and Prevention
This is two-part course developed by the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit Program. The course focuses on the impact of pesticide exposures on human health at vulnerable stages of in utero and pediatric development, with consideration of risk reduction.

 

Continuing Nursing Education

 

Pehsu_logoThe Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units National Classroom
The PEHSU National Classroom offers education on a variety of children’s environmental  health topics including: pesticides, lead, mercury, carbon monoxide, indoor air quality, climate change, mold, and more. Formats include online courses and webinars.  Continuing education credits are available for free from the CDC.

 

Environmental Health in Nursing
Free e-textbook. Peer-reviewed and written by nurses. Leading environmental health nursing experts have joined together to share their environmental health knowledge, expertise and experiences. The book offers essential information for nurses new to the topics as well as those with advanced environmental health experience. What is so exciting about this book is that our electronic format provides direct links to authoritative resources such as the EPA, ToxNet and WHO.

 

Let’s Talk Health and Climate
This webinar, from the Alliance of Nurses for a Healthy Environment, provides nurses with communication tools, such as message framing and tested language, to help cultivate an effective voice for building institutional leadership and support for climate solutions in the U.S..

Tools for Clinical Practice

 

Pediatric Environmental Health Toolkit Web App
This resource features a combination of easy-to-use reference guides for health providers and user friendly health education materials on preventing exposures to toxic chemicals and other substances that affect infant and child health. The Toolkit fills the need for environmental health education and information, and is endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The Greater Boston (GBPSR) and San Francisco Bay Area chapters of Physicians for Social Responsibility, in partnership with the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit at the University of California, San Francisco, and a team of pediatricians from around the country, developed the Pediatric Environmental Health Toolkit.

 

Pediatric Environmental Health History FormsPediatric Environmental Health History Forms
Forms designed for the primary health care provider to capture most of the common environmental exposures to children. Developed by the National Environmental Education Foundation.

 

The Integrated Pest Management Toolkit for Early Care and Education ProgramsThe Integrated Pest Management Toolkit for Early Care and Education Programs (pdf)
Practical information about using integrated pest management (IPM) to prevent and manage pest problems in early care and education programs.The Toolkit includes: A curriculum booklet, Integrated Pest Management: A Curriculum for Early Care and Education Programs, which includes general information about IPM, the Healthy Schools Act, what you need to know about pests and pesticides, how to implement IPM, and appendices with sample policies, forms and letters.  These materials were developed by the University of California (UC), San Francisco School of Nursing’s California Childcare Health Program, UC Berkeley’s Center for Children’s Environmental Health Research, UC Statewide IPM Program and the California Department of Pesticide Regulation.

 

Pediatric Environmental Health Interactive CurriculumPediatric Environmental Health Interactive Curriculum
This is an easy to introduce environmental health curriculum which helps pediatric residents meet ACGME competencies.

 

 

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