The following sites provide reliable information on the connections between the environment and health. These resources include information on specific environmental hazards, emerging issues, and broader programs to protect children and families from environmental exposures.
The links are organized into the following categories:
Pediatric Environmental Health Toolkit
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.
Environmental Medicine: An Integrative Approach
This is an on-line training course developed by the University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine for medical and nursing personnel with continuing education credits available. UCSF PEHSU Director Dr. Mark Miller was a contributing author on this project. The course uses an interactive model to explore the interaction between the environment and human health, and its role in mediating disease. Specific topics include: examining the importance of considering environmental factors in patient cases; developing a working knowledge of the strengths and limitations of environmental health research; and understanding why certain populations, such as children, are particularly vulnerable.
Organophosphate Pesticides and Children's Health - A Primer for Health Care Providers
Aimed at health care providers, but open to the general public, this course presents the current scientific evidence regarding health risks for children exposed to organophosphate pesticides (OPs). This information is needed to understand potential risks to pediatric patients and inform clinical problem solving regarding pesticide exposure.
Beginning in 1904, Breathe California has worked to reduce the impact of lung disease through prevention, education, advocacy and patient services.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention
Center for Disease Control's National Asthma Control Program
EPA's AirNow Website contains local ambient air quality information and ozone maps.
Taking on Asthma
A joint initiative of the American Association of Health Plans (AAHP) and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI).
University of California, Kearney Agricultural Research and Extension Center
The site contains information on the latest research demonstrating the effects of ozone air pollution on plants. There is also information specific to the San Joaquin Valley's air quality and pollution-related games and information for school children.
Community Health Studies
The Community Health Studies website was created by the Environmental Health Investigations Branch within the California Department of Public Health. The site provides background information on health studies designed to assess links between environmental exposures and illness. It also explains the limitations of health studies and explores alternatives to these studies for communities exposed to contaminants.
Center for Integrative Research on Childhood Leukemia and the Environment (CIRCLE)
CIRCLE's scientists collaborate in new ways and use the latest methods to search for the causes of leukemia in children. Leukemia is the cancer that is most commonly diagnosed in children, so it is very important to find its causes and do whatever we can to eliminate them.
Prenatal Environmental Health Kiosk
The Prenatal Environmental Health Kiosk is an interactive tutorial developed by the Center for Environmental Research and Children's Health at UC Berkeley. Dr. Miller of the UCSF PEHSU was an expert scientists/reviewer on the project. It contains useful information in English and Spanish on prenatal environmental health topics and practical recommendations for prevention of harmful exposures.
The Children's Environmental Health Network (CEHN)
CEHN is an organization with a strong basis in pediatrics and environmental health science dedicated to protecting children from environmental hazards. Their website reviews an important new research article relevant to pediatric environmental health each month. Each article summary contains the abstract, a link to the full text, and an analysis of the policy implications of the article.
The 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.
Prescriptions: Looking Closer at ADHD and Lead
Mission Local, a bilingual on-line local news and blog site for the San Francisco Mission District, uses print, multimedia and video to deliver information that offers diverse residents a way to connect and stay informed. A new article highlights the work of UCSF PEHSU staff Molly Burke and Mark Miller.
Information on Environmental Chemicals and Pregnancy
The UCSF Program Reproductive Health and the Environment was founded in 2007 by Dr. Linda C. Giudice, chair of OB/GYN at UCSF, in order to meet the need for continued environmental reproductive health research and for the translation of science into preventive policy action, enhanced health care and heightened public awareness.
Cleaning Up a Broken CFL
What to Do if a Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) Bulb or Fluorescent Tube Light Bulb Breaks in Your Home
Simple advice for a common problem from the US Environmental Protection Agency.
A Brief Guide to Mold, Moisture, and Your Home
A guide to preventing and remediating household problems with moisture and mold from the US Environmental Protection Agency.
The Environmental Health Investigations Branch (EHIB) Indoor Mold Website
The Environmental Health Investigations Branch of the CA Department of Public Health maintains a website of information on indoor mold linking to frequently asked questions, technical papers, and fact sheets.