EnviroDX is a multimedia, case-focused, computer-based learning program on environment-related diseases. The organizing metaphor for EnviroDx is an exploratory "virtual clinic" affiliated with a busy medical school. The program user takes the part of a practicing physician faced with a patient with an unknown disease or condition that is possibly caused by exposure to environmental factors. Upon completion of the program, the user should be familiar with: the components of an environmental history, the steps required to diagnose a specific type of environmental disorder tests required to make specific diagnoses, sources of information on industrial chemical product ingredients and their potential health effects, activities of federal, state, and local organizations that address occupational and environmental issues in health, measures a physician might recommend to treat or prevent a specific environmental-related disorder. Created by a team under Eddy Bresnitz, M.D., M.S., EnviroDX is hosted by the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library at the University of Utah.
EnviroLink is a nonprofit organization that attempts to link all grassroots organizations and volunteers through an online community. The site provides information and referral links through the Library on a variety of topics including activism and education. Current awareness on environmental topics worldwide is done through the News Service. The Sustainable Business Network is a marketplace for information about and resources from businesses that practice environmentally sound operations.
Environmental Defense provides a wonderful site, Scorecard.org, for geographically specific information about toxic chemicals in the United States: where they come from in your community, what their human health effects are, and what actions you can take.
Environmental Health Center was established in 1988 as a division of the National Safety Council to improve public understanding of significant health risks and challenges facing modern society. Their homepage is useful for public education and outreach efforts, emergency planning and management, and environmental journalism. They offer Environmental Journalism Resources, Hazardous Chemical Backgrounders (fact sheets on physical properties, health effects, economics, and regulations), information on air quality, children's health, climate change, radioactive and solid waste, as well as water quality.
NIEHS publishes Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP), a monthly journal of peer-reviewed research and news on the impact of the environment on human health. Its content is free online: http://www.ehponline.org/
- Children's Environmental Health & Safety Inventory of Research (CHEHSIR) is a publicly accessible database created to ensure that researchers and federal research agencies have access to information on all research conducted or funded by the federal government that is related to adverse health risks in children resulting from exposure to environmental health risks or safety risks. This information is available to the public, scientific, and academic communities, as well as all federal agencies.
- The National Toxicology Program (NTP) and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences established the NTP Center for the Evaluation of Risks to Human Reproduction in 1998 to serve as an environmental health resource to the public and to regulatory and health agencies. The Center provides scientifically-based, uniform assessments of the potential for adverse effects on reproduction and development caused by agents to which humans may be exposed. This is accomplished through rigorous evaluations of the scientific literature by independent panels of scientists.
- NIEHS and EPA operate the Superfund Basic Research Program (SBRP) which offers funding support for research on hazardous waste sites and their health effects as well as networking opportunities for researchers and partnering organizations. The NIEHS and the U.S. EPA website for the programs posts research summaries and grant opportunities. You can join a listserve to learn about current research by sending your e-mail address to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Environmental Health Clearinghouse, a service of Information Ventures, Inc. and sponsored by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, is staffed by junior and senior scientists trained in environmental health issues. Questions can be directed to them over the telephone (800-643-4794, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., EST); by electronic mail (email@example.com); or through their Internet site. In response to questions, the clearinghouse staff will conduct customized research, perform literature searches, and mail results to requestors. The clearinghouse also offers fact sheets on pesticides, environmental impact statements, human and ecological risk assessments, and information packets on a variety of topics. Among the environmental topics included in the clearinghouse collection are health effects, worker exposure, waste site and chemical spills and releases information, materials for schools and students, environmental justice issues, and women's health issues.
Environmental Health Project (EHP) was established by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Its goal is to assist the agency to achieve reductions in illness and death among children under five in developing countries from major diseases related to environmental conditions.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides a wealth of information about EPA activities, products, recommendations, and requirements on its extensive website. The site leads to information about community participation, resources for environmental education, grant information, chemical fact sheets, pesticides, software and database resources, hotlines, EPA libraries, regional and state contacts, and more. The EPA Office of Children's Health Protection serves as a clearinghouse for EPA's initiatives and information on children's health. Contains links to fact sheets on a range of exposures, provides information on current research, where you can get additional information.
EPA Homepage: http://www.epa.gov/
Office of Children's Health Protection:
- Envirofacts contains data from five EPA systems that are used to assist the Agency in monitoring and overseeing compliance with federal regulations. The general public can use this source to obtain information about facilities in their community. The five systems represented are: 1) Aerometric Information Retrieval System Facility Subsystem (which contains air pollution data for about 150,000 regulated facilities), 2) Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Information System (Superfund data on hazardous waste sites), 3) Permit Compliance System (water discharge permit information for over 75,000 facilities), 4) Resource Conservation and Recovery Information System (data used to track handler permit or closure status for over 450,000 facilities and transporters), and 5) Toxic Release Inventory System (data on releases of over 600 toxic chemicals by over 33,000 reporting facilities). Online queries and mapping tools are also available through this site.
- National Pesticide Information Service
NPIC is a cooperative effort of Oregon State University and the U.S. EPA.
Questions on pesticides to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Risk Screening Environmental Indicators is a computer-based (Windows) model that is also available through the EPA to help interpret the information that you find. The model permits screening-level analysis of risk-related impacts of toxic chemical releases and transfers in the U.S.
- TEACH Website
Toxicity and Exposure Assessment for Children's Health (TEACH) The TEACH Web site contains summaries of scientific literature and U.S. federal regulations relevant to children’s environmental health. TEACH currently focuses on information that pertains to 18 chemicals of concern.
The goal of the TEACH project is to complement existing children’s health information resources by providing a listing and summary of scientific literature applicable to children’s health risks due to chemical exposure. The focal point of this children’s health project is the TEACH Web site, which has two main components: 1) a searchable database that contains references from the relevant scientific literature pertaining to children’s chemical exposure, and summarizes key points of that literature; and 2) TEACH Chemical Summaries (for all chemicals listed in the TEACH database, as they become available, see Note below) which condense essential points from the reference summaries provided in the TEACH database.
- U.S. EPA Directory Assistance
Directory assistance to EPA offices that have information on the environment and EPA: brochures, fact sheets, consumer guides, and educational materials.
- U.S. EPA National Service Center for Environmental Publications
Clearinghouse, publication information, and ordering service for EPA publications, including ACCESS EPA, an extensive yearly directory of EPA and other public sector information resources including hotlines, libraries, and databases.
- Technology Transfer Publications and Support Division
800-490-9198 or (513) 489-8190
Formerly Center for Environmental Research Information (CERI), the focal point for the exchange of EPA's scientific and technical information.
Environmental Research Foundation (ERF) was founded in 1980 to provide understandable scientific information about the influence of toxic substances on human health and the environment. ERF provides information to grass-roots community activists, environmentalists, journalists, librarians, and others to further environmental justice at the local level. It specializes in information on hazardous substances and technologies, including landfills, incinerators, pesticides, organochlorine compounds, risk assessments, and their effects on human and environmental health. A newsletter, Rachel's Environment & Health News is available by e-mail.
EPA's Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics provides Chemical Fact Sheets and technical summary documents. Some of these fact sheets are available through the Internet.
EXTOXNET is a cooperative effort of the University of California, Davis, Oregon State University, Michigan State University, and Cornell University. Together, they maintain Pesticide Information Profiles, a databank of profiles on over 160 pesticides. Each profile covers acute and chronic toxicity, environmental effects, manufacturing information, and references. These profiles are not based on an exhaustive literature search; nevertheless, they are highly informative and supplement the information found on pesticide product labeling and other sources.