Because environmental health is not part of most medical and midwifery school curriculums, it can feel daunting to educate yourself on such a vast topic. Many providers are already short on time and have a great many topics to research and stay up-to-date on. The good news is you can get an excellent working knowledge of environmental health in a relatively short time. Start with the information contained within the pages of this site and then begin exploring the Resources section of this website. It is not important to memorize every adverse health effect connected to every toxic chemical that has been researched, but rather to know how to assess your patient for unique exposures beyond those we all face and to make meaningful recommendations to increase their safety.
It is not important to memorize every adverse health effect connected to every toxic chemical that has been researched but rather to know how to assess your patient for unique exposures beyond those we all face and to make meaningful recommendations to increase their safety.
To stay abreast of updates within the field of environmental health, sign up for updates and action alerts from the Environmental Working Group; Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families; Physicians for Social Responsibility and other sites you like. Consider taking the free course on environmental health designed by the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine; you can receive CEs. If you begin to develop a particular interest in this topic, refer to the book list in the Resources section for more reading ideas. If you are a member of a local, state or national organization, suggest they bring in speakers to educate clinicians about the topic of environmental health. Your local Pediatric Environmental Health Speciality Unit or your local chapter of Physicals for Social Responsibility may have ideas for appropriate educators. Most importantly, remember you don't have to become an expert overnight. Small amounts of knowledge can go a long way to improving the health of your patients.
Small amounts of knowledge can go a long way to improving the health of your patients.
Check the "Learn More" page for learning modules, information about laboratory testing, and treatment protocols practitioners can use in practice. Coming soon!