Parents say they are concerned about environmental health threats, yet most pediatric care providers do not offer prevention strategies during office visits. Why not? Many providers report they feel ill-equipped to educate families about common exposures. In an effort to fill the need for up-to-date environmental health information, Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSU) and Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR) have launched a new web-based Pediatric Environmental Health Toolkit (PEHT) to replace the former print version. The PEHT, endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), is based on material in the AAP “Green Book”, and the former print version of the PEHT.
- PEHT is a concise reference created and peer-reviewed by experts in the field
- Evidence-based overviews on health hazards related to air, water, food and products
- Anticipatory guidance keyed to patient age, from prenatal through teen years, on topics from how to avoid toxicants in the home to healthy eating practices
- Free and without advertising
- User-friendly on any mobile device or computer
Beginning in the womb and continuing throughout life, multiple environmental factors are strong determinants of health, even decades later, making it vital to provide the most current and scientifically-based advice to patients on how to have healthy families. The PEHT provides examples of common environmental interactions children experience, with steps clinicians and parents can take to decrease harmful exposure. Research shows that parents are anxious to have this information. Now, the PEHT makes it easy for clinicians to provide.
Three key sections cover the basics:
- Briefs of health environmental hazards found in the air, water, food and consumer products; includes sections on health effects, routes of exposure and prevention strategies.
- Key concepts including the unique vulnerability of children, and how environments influence health, and environmental justice.
- Anticipatory guidance keyed to thirteen age groups from prenatal through teen years.
Want to dig deeper? Check out the trusted resources and references with links such as to the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units who you can contact for help to answer your questions about environmental health issues.
“You can feel confident in the concise information and guidance provided in the PEHT since it was created and peer-reviewed by experts in the environmental health nationwide,” says Dr. Nick Newman, a pediatrician and the Medical Director of the Pediatric Environmental Health and Lead Clinic in Cincinnati. “It is free of charge and without advertising so there is no reason not to bookmark and use the PEHT.”
Simply visit the PEHT website from your computer and create a shortcut on your home screen, or visit the PEHT website from your mobile device and add a shortcut to your phone or tablet home screen for easy access.