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RN Prescription for an Environmentally Healthy Home

Release Date: 10/23/2003
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Wanda Loving 202-564-7822 / loving.wanda@epa.gov


(10/23/03) During Children’s Health Month in October, nurses can learn how to create environmentally healthy homes and communities by using the Medscape website at: http://www.medscape.com/viewprogram/2660 . Nurses have understood the importance of the environment since the time of Florence Nightingale but their formal education teaches them little about the modern-day environment and its potential impact on children’s health. “Children’s Health and the Environment: Environmentally Healthy Homes and Communities” will help nurses identify, prevent and manage environmental health risks to children where they live and play. This continuing education module was developed by the American Nurses Foundation in partnership with the University of Maryland School of Nurses under a cooperative agreement with EPA. Different training opportunities often require nurses to pay a fee for continuous education contact hours; but in this case, nurses can earn free education contact hours through December 2004 by completing this particular module. To learn more about EPA efforts to educate health care providers about environmental health risks to children, go to: http://yosemite.epa.gov/ochp/ochpweb.nsf/content/Whatwe_educat.htm#3 .