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ATSDR/CDC Tribal Environmental Health Education Program

Dean S. Seneca, MPH, MCURP, Office of Tribal Affairs, ATSDR/CDC, 1600 Clifton RD., Mail Stop E32, Atlanta, GA 30333, 404-498-0457, zkg8@cdc.gov and Robert H. Johnson, MD, Division of Health Education and Promotion, Center for Disease Control and Prevention/ATSDR, 1600 Clifton Rd E-33, Atlanta, GA 30333.

Description: Tribal populations are inextricably intertwined with the environment through multiple uses of resources for food, cultural, ceremonial and religious practices. This results in environmental exposure scenarios that are unique between tribes and extraordinarily different from other populations. Also, demographic data indicate that there is a high percentage of American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth, presenting a large vulnerable population. Clinicians that work within Tribal communities receive little, if any, training related to environmental health. Currently training programs of this nature for Tribal Clinicians are lacking. ATSDR is in the process of developing a training course to improve Tribal Clinicians’ knowledge, skills, and access to resources to identify, prevent, and respond to the health issues related to environmental contaminants. To assure the final training program will effectively meet the needs of the Tribal Clinicians, ATSDR is presenting the program to key audiences and eliciting comments for the training format and administration. Topics covered include a background of ATSDR and OTA, exposure pathways, exposure history assessment, risk communication and major contaminants of concern.

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Keywords: Environmental Exposures, Environmental Health

Related Web page: www.atsdr.cdc.gov/tribal/

Presenting author's disclosure statement:
I do not have any significant financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organization/institution whose products or services are being discussed in this session.

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Environmental Health and Native Communities

The 132nd Annual Meeting (November 6-10, 2004) of APHA