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Summary of Awards Made Under the Competitive Solicitation Known as "Building Health Professionals' Capacity to Address Children's Environmental Health," Fiscal Year 2005


Grant Recipient Award Proposal Synopsis
Canadian Institute of Child Health - Institut Canadien de la sante infantile Exit Disclaimer $149,999 Project will use existing resources to build capacity of as many as 37,000 health care professionals in Canada, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, and Chile to recognize, assess and initiate protocols to prevent environmentally-related diseases in children. The project will: (a) gather baseline data from health care professionals in the 5 countries using an electronic survey; (b) develop a training package with a measurement (evaluation) component using the information from the survey and existing sources; and (c) deliver train-the-trainer sessions in Canada, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay and Chile and follow-up with participants to measure the impact of the training on their practice. The resources and training developed will be shared internationally through the internet and by the project partners including WHO and the International Society for Doctors for the Environment.
University of Massachusetts Lowell Exit Disclaimer $150,000 Project focuses on health professionals who serve low-income, immigrant/refugee and minority children in small cities and rural areas in New England, a population that is generally underserved by children’s environmental health capacity building efforts although it suffers disproportionately from the impacts of environmental contaminants. UML will work closely with these primary health care providers while targeting public health nurses for their increasingly important role in identification and prevention of environmental risks at the community level.
National Center for Healthy Housing Exit Disclaimer $142,510 Substandard housing is a key determinant of health and has been independently linked to childhood lead poisoning, asthma and respiratory disease, and unintentional injuries. Because children spend as much as 90% of their time indoors, exposures in the home are a significant public health issue. The National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) will develop and deliver training to public health nurses in residential environmental health & safety hazards and evaluate whether the trainees incorporate the information into practice. Training will be offered through NCHH’ s National Healthy Homes Training Center and Network, a national training program funded by the CDC. NCHH will deliver 12 trainings through its network of 5 university partners across the country.
Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility (GBPSR) Exit Disclaimer $149,862 GBPSR will coordinate the Pediatric Environmental Health Toolkit Training Program in five states (Massachusetts, California, Minnesota, Oregon, and Washington) adapting their new clinical tool, the Pediatric Environmental Health Toolkit as the core curriculum. The Toolkit’s peer-reviewed materials include reference and anticipatory guidance components for providers as well as “Rx for Prevention” slips and magnets for patients, designed for use during well-child visits. Thirty four pediatric and family practitioners from MA and CA pilot tested the materials over the past year. The program will target 250 health professionals who care for children, and as a second tier an additional 1250 providers through peer training. The training programs are being conducted in collaboration with PSR chapters, local American Academy of Pediatric chapters, and medical schools with whom GBPSR previously conducted their In Harm's Way Continuing Medical Education (CME) courses.
Northeastern Ohio University - College of Medicine (NEOUCOM) Exit Disclaimer $149,881 Project offers post-graduate training in pediatric environmental health to 100 professionals in 5 countries in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). A major project component will be delivered via the internet using 2-way synchronous audio with graphics. Lectures and didactic exercises will be followed by a final workshop held in CEE. The project’s faculty includes major leaders in U.S. environmental health education. Educational assessments will also be led by a principal investigator using their NEOUCOM experience in clinical skills training and evaluation.
International Pediatric Association Exit Disclaimer $150,000 Project will launch a virtual International Pediatric Environmental Health Leadership Institute that could eventually train up to 500,000 pediatricians about children’s environmental health and improve their capacities for leadership in the recognition, diagnosis, prevention and management of pediatric diseases linked to the environment. IPA will evaluate the training by certifying pediatricians in environmental health through written and oral exams. Pilot efforts will begin in India, Kenya, and Haiti.
National Environmental Education and Training Foundation Exit Disclaimer $149,900 Project will create children’s environmental health faculty champions at medical and nursing schools throughout the country. Specifically, NEETF will: (1) create 20 faculty champions at select academic centers who will take a leadership role in integrating children’s environmental health into their institutions in a sustainable fashion, lend expertise and support in their institutions and surrounding communities, teach courses, integrate competencies into curriculum, and serve as a model for how to integrate environmental health into health professional education, (2) create 200 health professionals at academic institutions, trained by faculty champions, who can incorporate children’s environmental health into their teachings and clinical practices, (3) provide children’s environmental health resources through health professional organizations, and (4) measure the impact of the faculty champions and the outreach campaign on achieving the overall goals.

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