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PEPH E-News July 2013

Volume 4, Issue 7: July 2013

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Welcome to the July edition of the PEPH Newsletter!

As PEPH partners, we work hard to create resources and share information to improve public health. This issue of the PEPH Newsletter is full of tools to help you tailor health messages to reach audiences in meaningful ways. We feature a comic book that presents environmental health from a Native American perspective. We also share a CDC toolkit designed to help community partners communicate information about asthma and air pollution. Test out two free health communication tools developed by NIH grantees; and help others communicate their health messages by commenting on a new healthy housing standard.

July is upon us, and this means the Environmental Health Disparities & Environmental Justice Meeting is just a few weeks away (July 29-31)! The meeting is an opportunity for researchers, public health professionals, and community and federal partners to share ideas and strengthen commitments to address environmental health disparities and environmental justice. Space is limited and we are near capacity. There are only a few days left to register. We hope to see you there!

New Comic Book Tells the Story of Native Environmental Health

"The Return," an illustrated account of a Native American woman and her baby, tells the story of environmental health from a Native American perspective. The comic book was developed through an NIEHS-funded research project conducted by the Native Tradition, Environment, and Community Health Project (TEACH), a partnership of the University of Washington Center for Ecogenetics and Environmental Health (CEEH) and Northwest Indian College . TEACH investigators interviewed and surveyed Tribal college students and identified three core concepts of Native environmental health: community, wellness, and inter-relationship. The storybook features an interactive section where children can create an environmental health comic book of their own and answer questions about what community and environment means to them. "Indigenous communities around the world are deprived of the benefits that come from living in a healthy environment. 'The Return' is a story about being out of touch with the environment and what we can do to get back into balance," said Jon Sharpe, CEEH Administrator.

Oceans and Human Health PEPH Webinar

Oceans can affect our health in many ways. Eating contaminated seafood, swimming in polluted water, and exposure to harmful algal blooms all can cause health problems. Learn about cutting-edge marine research in the next PEPH webinar, "Oceans and Human Health," on July 10, 2013 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. ET. Register online .

Delivering Messages about Asthma and Air Pollution

The CDC's "Asthma and Air Pollution: A Tool Kit" includes a fact sheet, a matte article, talking points, social media tips, and more. There was a lot of buzz generated around asthma and air pollution during Asthma Awareness Month in May, and this toolkit is a great way to keep that momentum going!

Epigenetics and Children's Environmental Health Webinar

This month's EPA/NIEHS Children's Centers webinar, "Epigenetics and Children's Environmental Health," features Susan Schantz, Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Carmen Marsit, Ph.D. from Dartmouth College. The webinar will be held on Wednesday, July 10, 2013 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. ET. Register online .

Seeking Public Comments on New Healthy Housing Standard

The National Center for Healthy Housing and the American Public Health Association seek public comments on a new, health-based, National Healthy Housing Standard that defines livable housing conditions. The standard reflects the latest understanding of the connections between housing conditions and health and will be used to inform housing policies. Comment until July 31, 2013.

Customize Your Health Message

Two user-friendly tools, featured in the May PEPH webinar, "Communication Research," can help the public health community deliver meaningful health messages. Iconarray.com , developed by Brian Zikmund-Fisher, Ph.D. and colleagues from the University of Michigan, lets you create your own pictograph to help the general public better understand health risk statistics. MIYO (Make It Your Own), created by Matthew Kreuter, Ph.D. and colleagues from Washington University in St. Louis, lets community partners choose from a library of templates, images, and messages to personalize common health messages for a particular population. Register for MIYO to start creating your own customized materials!

If you missed the webinar, you can view it on the NIEHS YouTube page today!

PEPH Podcast on Mining in Navajo Communities

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Coming in July, a new podcast in the PEPH series, Environmental Health Chat, will feature Johnnye Lewis, Ph.D. discussing environmental health and justice issues associated with uranium mining in Navajo Nation. You can also subscribe to Environmental Health Chat on iTunes .

New EPA Review of the Built Environment

EPA's recent publication, "Our Built and Natural Environments: A Technical Review of the Interactions among Land Use, Transportation, and Environmental Quality," provides evidence that where and how we build our communities impacts human health and the environment. Among many important findings, the publication provides evidence that communities with safe streets help people lead healthier lifestyles. A July 24, 2013 webinar from 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET will provide an overview of the report.

Upcoming PEPH-related Meetings

July 29-31, 2013: "Environmental Health Disparities and Environmental Justice Meeting: Identifying Priorities for Action" in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina; register until July 5, 2013.

August 22-23, 2013: "Science of Community Engaged Research: Future Directions" in Bethesda, Maryland; poster abstracts due July 21, 2013; register until August 5, 2013.

September 24-27, 2013: "International Conference of the Pacific Basin Consortium for Environment and Health" in Honolulu, Hawaii; early registration discounts available for members and non-members until July 24, 2013.

October 18-19, 2013: Save the date for the "North Carolina Environmental Justice Network Annual Summit" in Edgecombe County, North Carolina. Submit abstracts for research presentations to steve_wing@unc.eduby September 5, 2013.

November 2-6, 2013: American Public Health Association Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts. The November 5, 2013 sessions will focus on CBPR partnerships. Register online.

Funding Opportunities

Visit the PEPH Funding Opportunity Announcements page for more PEPH-related funding opportunities.

Native American Research Centers for Health (S06). Supporting research partnerships with American Indian / Alaska Native communities to reduce health disparities. Deadline: August 6, 2013.

Healthy Schools: Environmental Factors, Children's Health and Performance, and Sustainable Building Practices. To understand the relationship between environmental factors and the health, safety, and performance of students and teachers. Deadline: October 8, 2013.

Susceptibility and Variability in Human Response to Chemical Exposure. Deadline: September 10, 2013.

 

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