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 free eBook and Continuing Education course delves into how our environments interact with our genes to influence health across the lifespan. Told through the lives of fictional characters across a range of developmental stages, A Story of Health explores the health effects of wildfires, cognitive decline, leukemia, reproductive health, asthma, and developmental disabilities. Colorful illustrations, graphics and videos enhance each page. Links to a range of additional resources and hundreds of scientific papers enrich each story with information to promote health and prevent disease. A Story of Health is useful to readers ranging from health professionals to advocates, policymakers and those in the health and science media. FREE continuing education credit are available for each chapter for physicians, nurses, public health professionals and health educators through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR). https://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/emes/health_professionals/index.html

Childhood Development, Resilience and the Environment 
Examines critical developmental windows that may amplify health impacts of social stressors and chemical exposures resulting in 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 Continuing education credits from CDC here!

Pediatric Environmental Health Toolkit Training Module
Free online course based on the Pediatric Environmental Health Toolkit for physicians, nurses, health educators, and other health professionals. Features 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. Designed by WS PEHSU in collaboration with the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry and a national team of pediatricians. Though not currently eligible for CE, this toolkit is endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

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

Pehsu_logoThe Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units National Classroom
The PEHSU National Classroom offers online courses and webinars on a variety of children’s environmental health topics: pesticides, lead, mercury, carbon monoxide, indoor air quality, climate change, mold, and more. 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 share knowledge, and expertise. Essential information for both new nurses and those with advanced environmental health experience. Provides direct links to authoritative resources such as the EPA, ToxNet and WHO.

Clinical Education

Pediatric Environmental Health Interactive CurriculumPediatric Environmental Health Interactive Curriculum
A simple environmental health curriculum which helps pediatric residents meet ACGME competencies.

Factsheets for Clinicians

The PEHSU Network has prepared a series of fact sheets on emerging environmental health topics. They provide a summary and references related to the potential health effects of environmental toxins. In addition, they contain useful information for communicating with families, and recommendations for risk reduction.  Find these factsheets here.