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ACMT Announces Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit Sites in Western United States June 23, 2015

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ACMT Announces Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit Sites in
Western United States
The American College of Medical Toxicology announces selection of five Pediatric
Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU) sites in the western United States. These sites,
located in federal regions 6-10, serve as referral and information resources for healthcare
providers and the public with environmental health concerns.
Phoenix, Arizona (PRWEB) June 23, 2015 -- The American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) has
selected Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU) sites for the five Federal regions in the
western United States. The sites were chosen through a competitive bidding process, as has been done with
prior awards. ACMT manages the PEHSU National Office – Western Operations (PEHSU West) through a
cooperative agreement with the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).
Awards were distributed to the following sites in Regions 6 through 10:
Region 6: Texas Tech University in El Paso, Texas
Region 7: Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri
Region 8: Denver Health and Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center in Denver, Colorado
Region 9: University of California San Francisco, with a satellite at the University of California Irvine
Region 10: University of Washington in Seattle, Washington
The PEHSU Mission is to improve the health of children through enhancing educational and consultative
services to clinicians, health professionals, and the community regarding environmental health concerns.
PEHSUs are based at academic medical centers affiliated with medical schools. They offer health care
professionals and community members expert servicesrelated to the prevention, diagnosis, management, and
treatment of environmentally related health effects. In concert with the American Academy of Pediatrics, which
is managing the PEHSUs in Regions 1 through 5, ACMT is committed to expanding the reach of the regional
units through technology platforms and national partnerships. According to Carl Baum, M.D., “ACMT has
assembled an expert team to roll out new services, including enhanced website, database, and instructional
design capacity. These enhancements will help all 10 Regionsextend their reach and achieve deliverables.”
The long-term goal of the PEHSU program is to reduce children’s exposure to environmental health threats
beginning at the earliest stages of fetal development and prevent the development of adverse effects. Charles
McKay, MD, ACMT Vice-President, reports “It is at the earlier stages of development where the concern for
possible long-term impacts of environmental exposure is the greatest. ACMT will oversee the development of
tools by PEHSUs and other experts to assist healthcare providers in assessing exposure and helping their
pregnant patients to take reasonable steps to reduce risk.”
As part of the educational services provided through the PEHSU network, ACMT hosts monthly educational
webinars for healthcare practitioners on a variety of pediatric environmental health topics. More information on
the PEHSU Webinar Series can be found here: http://www.acmt.net/PEHSU_Grand_Rounds.html
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