Medical and Health Professionals
The Southwest Center for Pediatric Environmental Health (SW-CPEH) is one of 13 Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSU’s) located throughout the country, in Canada and in Mexico. The SW-CPEH provides services to health care providers, public health officials and the general public in EPA Region VI, which includes Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. They are based at The University of Texas Health Center at Tyler.
US EPA Recognition and Management of Pesticide Poisonings Handbook covers about 1,500 pesticide products in an easy-to-use format. Toxicology, signs and symptoms of poisoning and treatment are covered in 19 chapters on major types of pesticides. The new edition covers new pesticide products that have come on the market since 1989, includes a new chapter on disinfectants, reviews clinical experiences with pesticide poisonings, and contains detailed references.
TrainingFinder.org is the Public Health Foundation’s online distance learning clearinghouse. The clearinghouse provides an extensive database of listings, resources and links about distance learning and public health.
Funding support is provided by:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov/
Health Resources and Services Administration http://www.hrsa.gov
and the Public Health Foundation http://www.phf.org
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Children’s Health Protection focuses on increasing the ability of health professionals to identify, prevent, and reduce environmental health threats to children. Includes a program for outreach to pediatric chief residents and outreach to nurses.
The Coming of Age of Environmental Pediatrics Summary was prepared by the Center for Children’s Health and the Environment of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Physicians can join a mailing list to receive alerts on how to protect your children and family from toxic chemicals and access links to other relevant sites.
The Gateway to Children’s Environmental Health, World Health Organization (WHO) is a website created in response to the growing concern and specific needs expressed by countries to protect the health, development and well being of children. The Handbook on Children’s Environmental Health, based on the Pediatric Environmental Handbook of the American Academy of Pediatrics, will be available in 2003. One of the key activities of the WHO Task Force on Children’s Environmental Health is the preparation of a Handbook on Children’s Environmental Health for the health sector. The target audience for this manual are health professionals involved in the diagnosis and management of pediatric diseases, and other professionals linked to the area of children’s health and well-being. The handbook will be an important resource for professionals in all countries, especially those in the less developed parts of the world. In parallel, a training manual for the primary health care worker will be prepared.
American Academy of Pediatrics – The Handbook of Pediatric Environmental Health was written as a resource for pediatricians and others who are interested in preventing children’s exposure to environmental hazards during infancy, childhood and adolescence. The handbook presents concise summaries of the evidence that has been published in the scientific literature about environmental hazards to children, and provides guidance to physicians on how to diagnose, treat, and prevent childhood diseases linked to environmental exposures.
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) is an organization of 60,000 pediatricians committed to the attainment of optimal physical, mental, and social health and well-being for all infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. AAP provides a variety of information on environmental health pertaining to children in key areas of air pollution, mercury, second-hand smoke, pesticides & insect repellants, radiation exposures, and carbon monoxide poisoning, among many others.
Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) is a non-profit advocacy organization with a focus on medicine and public health. PSR advocates for a range of issues. One of their main focus is the impact of the environment on health. The PSR site provides information on climate change and health as well as on environmental toxins. PSR also offer a Pediatric Environmental Health Toolkit to prepare health care providers and individuals with information on prevention of toxin exposure.