3057.0 Environmental Health

Monday, November 9, 2009: 8:30 AM
Land-use management processes offer vehicles by which to educate and involve affected populations in environmental health issues. Risk communication is more than message design alone, though risk communication research can inform message development and design. There is a need for education of physicians and other health professionals about climate and health. Most pre-licensure and RN-BSN nursing students are unfamiliar with their roles and responsibilities as a community/public health nurse. However, nursing needs to take a leadership role in the emerging world of environmental health and work with environmentalist leaders to promote environmentally healthy and safe working and living communities.
Session Objectives: 1. Describe at least 3 methods to engage populations in public health issues relating to land use policy. 2. Describe how to structure key messages for greatest impact. 3.Discuss the importance of dissemintaing information about the health effects of climate change. 4. Define lay epidemiology and discuss its signifigance for health promotion efforts in the midst of slow motion technological disasters 5. Discuss the need for preparing nursing for environemental health nursing students
Linda Forys, EdM, CHES

8:30 AM
9:00 AM
A survey of physician knowledge and attitudes regarding climate change and health
Mona Sarfaty, MD, Safiya Abouzaid, PharmD, Elaine J. Yuen, PhD and Erica Frank, MD, MPH
9:15 AM
Lay epidemiologies of asbestos-related disease in Libby, MT
Heather Orom, PhD, John Gaeddert, BA, Rebecca J. W. Cline, PhD, Sun Hee Kim, MA, Mary Elizabeth Wittberg, MA, Tanis Hernandez, MSW, John C. Ruckdeschel, MD and Lisa Berry-Bibovski, MA

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Organized by: Public Health Education and Health Promotion
Endorsed by: Community Health Workers SPIG, Environment

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)