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Partnerships for Environmental Public Health (PEPH)

Partnerships for Environmental Public Health (PEPH)

PEPH is a network of scientists, community members, educators, healthcare providers, public health officials, and policymakers who share the goal of increasing the impact of environmental public health research at the local, regional, and national level.

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PEPH Newsletter Current Issue

“Ojibwe Fisherman” in a canoe preparing to spear a fish

App Provides Culturally Tailored Fish Consumption Guidelines to Anishinaabe

A phone app for reducing exposure to harmful contaminants from fish consumption was developed for the Anishinaabe (Ojibwe and associated Great Lakes tribes).

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Podcast: Environmental Health Chat Podcast Series

Inuit harvesters boating along the shore of Mittimatalik (Pond Inlet) in the Canadian territory of Nunavut.

Food Security, Nutrition, and Indigenous Health in the Arctic

November 14, 2022

In this episode, Sappho Gilbert, a doctoral candidate at Yale University School of Public Health, discusses her NIEHS-funded project to better understand how climate change and other environmental factors are altering food security and nutrition among Inuit communities in the Canadian Arctic.

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Climate Change, Air Pollution, and Children’s Health

October 12, 2022

In this episode, Kari Nadeau, M.D., Ph.D., talks about how climate change and air pollution affect children's health. She also discusses what health care professionals, policy makers, and parents can do to better protect kids from climate change- and air-pollution-related health impacts.

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PEPH Resources

Healthy Families

A Story of Health - A Multi-Media E-Book

eBook grounds the science of health in stories of fictional people, their families, and communities to enable readers to explore the risk factors for disease as well as how to prevent disease and promote health and resilience.

Asthma & Allergies Fact Sheet

Answers to our most frequently asked questions about asthma and allergies.

Childhood Leukemia and the Environment

The Western States PEHSU has an ongoing collaboration with the Center for Integrative Research on Childhood Leukemia and the Environment (CIRCLE) Community Outreach and Translation Core, working to educate clinicians and the public about environmental toxicants that increase the risk of childhood leukemia and other childhood diseases.

Healthy Spaces

Cleaning Up Take-home Lead Dust in Your Home and Car

The most effective method for removing lead dust combines vacuuming and wet wiping.

Environmental Health Infographics

Popular graphics, thematic graphics and graphics related to research studies and projects available from the Environmental Health Centers based at USC.

Protect Your Family From Carbon Monoxide Exposure (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) (303KB)
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a gas with no odor, taste or smell. It can harm the health of anyone, even healthy people, by traveling through the bloodstream to the heart, lungs, and brain.

Healthy Communities

PFAS Exchange

An online resource center about PFAS contaminants in drinking water—helping communities understand their exposures and take action to protect their health.

Best Practices: Sharing Environmental Health Research

This document synthesizes existing science communication literature with insight from decision maker interviews to offer guidelines for translating and sharing environmental health research.

Extreme Heat and Children's Health (University of Michigan) (1MB)

Temperatures are rising across the globe. As a result, extreme heat events are more common and expected to increase over the next century. Extreme heat is a period of high heat and humidity with temperatures above 90°F for at least two day.

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Rural Alaska Community Environmental Job Training 2022 Program Graduates posing for a photo

Safety and Health Training for American Indians and Alaska Natives in the Western U.S. – Session 1

The webcast is scheduled for
December 7, 2022 • 2:00 p.m. ET

Topic: Safety and Health Training With Tribal Partners

Rural Alaska Community Environmental Job Training 2022 Program Graduates posing for a photo

In this webinar the presenters will describe hazardous waste training, hazmat transport training, and emergency response training, specifically in underserved and remote tribal communities with particular focus on the Western Region Universities Consortium partnership and collaboration with Zender Environmental and their Rural Alaska Community Environmental Job Training program.

Kevin Riley Ph.D.
Kevin Riley, Ph.D.
Mike Dunn, Ph.D.
Mike Dunn, Ph.D.
Lynn Zender, Ph.D.
Lynn Zender, Ph.D.

Grantee Highlights

Andrij Holian, Ph.D.

Andrij Holian, Ph.D.

Uncovering Mechanisms of Lung Injury to Improve Public Health
A proud Ukrainian American, Andrij Holian, Ph.D., recalls deciding to become a scientist in fifth grade. His significant contributions to the field of environmental health can be attributed to his unending curiosity and determination to always ask, “Why?”.
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Upcoming Events

NIEHS Logic Model and Metrics Training

Registration is now open
Location: Webinar Start: Nov 30, 2022 1:00 p.m. End: Nov 30, 2022 2:00 p.m. Host: NIEHS
PEPH will host an interactive training on Logic Models and Metrics using the methods and strategies described in the PEPH Evaluation Metrics Manual. This hands-on training will provide an opportunity for attendees to work with colleagues from other PEPH grants, community partners, and NIEHS staff to develop their own logic models and metrics for their research. Attendees are encouraged to check out the PEPH Evaluation Metrics Manual before the class. This class is open to grantees and community members, so please share this information widely.

NIEHS Superfund Research Program Annual Meeting: System Approaches for Innovative and Inclusive Environmental Health Solutions

14 - 16
Registration is now open
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina Start: Dec 14, 2022 10:00 a.m. End: Dec 16, 2022 2:00 p.m. Host: NIEHS Superfund Research Program
The meeting fosters discussions and data sharing to further advance the goals of the Superfund Research Program, encourages collaboration among individual centers, and addresses how the community can eradicate environmental health injustices.
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Funding Opportunities

Application Due Date Dec 05 2022
Maternal Health Research Centers of Excellence (U54 Clinical Trial Optional)

Invites applications to participate as a Research Center as part of the Maternal Health Research Centers of Excellence initiative. The purpose of this initiative is to generate innovative approaches to address preventable maternal mortality, decrease severe maternal morbidity, and promote maternal health equity in partnership with communities that are most affected (i.e., Blacks/African Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Hispanics/Latinos, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, sexual and gender minorities, socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, and underserved rural populations). Persons with disabilities are also a priority population. This initiative will use an integrated multi-level approach encompassing structural, social, and biobehavioral research strategies to address the multiple contributing factors that lead to adverse maternal health outcomes and health disparities. Proposed research can address maternal health in the pre-pregnancy, pregnancy, or postpartum period, provided that the research outcomes directly address severe maternal morbidity and/or maternal mortality and equitable health care. This funding opportunity announcement runs in parallel with companion announcements that seek applications for an Implementation Science Hub/Resource Center (RFA-HD-23-037) and a Data Innovation and Coordinating Hub/Resource Center (RFA-HD-23-036). It is expected that all components of the Centers of Excellence, Research Centers, and Hubs, work collaboratively to design and implement research projects, including data collection and data sharing.

Letter of Intent Due Date: November 2, 2022

Deadline: December 5, 2022

Application Due Date Jan 05 2023
PHS 2022-2 Omnibus Solicitation of the NIH, CDC, and FDA for Small Business Innovation Research Grant Applications (Parent SBIR [R43/R44] Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Enables U.S.-owned-and-operated small businesses to conduct research and development that has a strong potential for commercialization. This award and the associated PHS 2022-2 Omnibus Solicitation of the NIH and CDC for Small Business Innovation Research Grant Applications (Parent SBIR [R43/R44] Clinical Trial Required) provide funds for small businesses to stimulate technological innovation in the private sector and strengthen the role of small business in meeting federal research and development needs. The related Small Business Technology Transfer announcements [PHS 2022-2 Omnibus Solicitation of the NIH for Small Business Technology Transfer Grant Applications (Parent STTR [R41/R42] Clinical Trial Not Allowed) and PHS 2022-2 Omnibus Solicitation of the NIH for Small Business Technology Transfer Grant Applications (Parent STTR [R41/R42] Clinical Trial Required)] aim to foster technology transfer through cooperative research and development between small businesses and research institutions.   

Deadlines: January 5, 2023; April 5, 2023 

Application Due Date Jan 23 2023
Community Partnerships to Advance Science for Society (ComPASS) Program

There are two funding announcements under the ComPASS program: 1) Community-led, Health Equity Structural Intervention Initiative (OT2); and 2) ) Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for ComPASS Coordination Center (U24 – Clinical Trial Optional). The ComPASS program aims to accelerate the science of health disparities and advance health equity research.

The Community-led, Health Equity Structural Intervention Initiative (OT2) invites applications from community organizations to work in collaboration with their research partners to develop, implement, assess, disseminate, and sustain a community-led health equity structural intervention. The intervention initiative has three phases. It starts with a two-year phase (Phase I) for planning, development, piloting (as appropriate), and building partnerships. It will be followed by a six-year intervention implementation phase (Phase II) and will conclude with a two-year phase (Phase III) for assessment, dissemination, and sustainability efforts. Receipt of an award for Phase I does not guarantee a recipient’s continuation to Phase II or Phase III of the ComPASS Program.

Office Hours: November 8, 2022. The ComPASS program team is hosting Zoom-based office hours for anyone planning to submit a Letter of Intent. Pre-registration is required. Attendees can submit questions prior to the session on the registration form or by emailing

Full Application: The ComPASS team will review the letters of intent and invite select groups to submit a full application.

The ComPASS Coordination Center (CC) will provide administration, coordination, data, and research capacity-building and training support to the ComPASS consortium. The consortium includes both community-led, health equity structural intervention projects that intervene on structural factors that create and perpetuate health inequities and health equity research hubs to provide localized technical assistance to the projects. A single coordination center will be funded as an integral part of the ComPASS Program.

Letter of Intent Due Date: November 18, 2022

Deadline: January 23, 2023

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