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Environmental Medicine and Children’s Health

Environmental exposures have been determined to have significant impact on human health with children being particularly vulnerable to their effects. This is an area of health not emphasized in medical education, especially in pediatrics.   This course will help to close this knowledge gap and assist health care professionals in understanding how, when, and what types of environmental toxicants and preventive measures might be considered and applied to enhance pediatric health care. One example of this is the avoidance of ingested pesticides in food to reduce exposure to known neurotoxicants that have been associated with neurodevelopmental disorders such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Another is the association of air pollution with serious respiratory illness in infants and children.

This course covers historical perspective and modern relevance, organizing your approach to environmental health, air-based pollutants, land-based toxicants, water-based toxicants, environmental health history, and case studies.

Outcome Objectives

  • Identify pediatric patients that could potentially benefit from environmental health- focused treatment options.
  • Determine which medical conditions have robust supporting evidence for the use of environmental health based integrative medicine treatment options in children.
  • Teach clinicians how to better educate parents about environmental health focused integrative medicine treatment options for their children.

Course completion provides a maximum of 8   AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.