Awards and Announcements:

The National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) presented the “A Story of Health” team with an Excellence in Communications Award at the annual NCEH/ATSDR Honor Awards in February 2016. The award pays tribute to the development of a medical education product that highlights the importance of environmental health.

A Story of Health, a multimedia eBook with continuing education credits, was designed to harness the power of storytelling to increase environmental health literacy, according to a paper published by lead author Dr. Mark Miller in the August 2016 issue of Environmental Health Perspectives. “The eBook grounds the science of health in stories of fictional people, their families, and communities to enable readers to explore the risk factors for disease as well as how to prevent disease and promote health and resilience,” noted Miller. “Using the setting of a family reunion as a backdrop, we explore how multiple environments influence our health across the lifespan. Over 4,000 physicians, nurses, and health educators have already received CE credits from the CDC for completing chapters.”

Dr. Miller is an assistant clinical professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine in the Division of Occupational and Environmental Health at UCSF. He is also the co-director of the UCSF Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU) and the director of the Children’s Environmental Health Program at California Environmental Protection Agency.

“A Story of Health” was developed through a cooperative effort of the ATSDR, the Collaborative on Health and the Environment, the California EPA Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, the Science and Environmental Health Network, and the PEHSU, a unit of UCSF’s Occupational Medicine Program.

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