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Your Environment. Your Health.

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

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Science Kits for Remote Learners Teach Environmental Health Literacy

Although the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted schooling, members of the NIEHS-funded Environmental Health Sciences Center’s Community Engagement Core (CEC) at the University of Rochester have been able to teach environmental health throughout the pandemic in socially distant formats by distributing hands-on science kits to remote learners.

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Podcast: Environmental Health Chat Podcast Series

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Redlining Still Affects Health Today

June 15, 2022

In this episode, we'll hear from Rachel Morello-Frosch, Ph.D., who discusses how historical policies have shaped disparities in health and environmental exposures today.

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NIEHS Program Empowers Women, Improves Health

May 17, 2022

In this episode, we'll hear from Joan P. Packenham, Ph.D., who directs the Women's Health Awareness program at NIEHS. She discusses how the program empowers women to take control of their health address environmental health challenges in their communities.

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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.

Firefighter Safety Alert

The University of Cincinnati collaborated with the Cincinnati Fire Department to conduct research related to exposure and health.

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.

Building Equitable Partnerships for Environmental Justice – Curriculum (2MB)

This curriculum provides training on a variety of topics that provide the background and fundamentals necessary to have meaningful mutual-learning collaboration between researchers and community residents and organizations.

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Plastics and Human Health

The webcast is scheduled for
July 12, 2022 • 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. ET

Topic: Plastics, Health, Community Engagement

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In this webinar the presenters will discuss examples of the methods and tools they developed to support community engagement in field sampling and preliminary results dissemination as they relate to intervention strategies to reduce plastic waste burning, and exposure assessment to pollutants from burning plastics.

Laurel Schaider, Ph.D.
Lisa Thompson, Ph.D.
Esther Erdei, Ph.D.
Esther Erdei, Ph.D.
Melissa Gonzales, Ph.D.
Melissa Gonzales, Ph.D.
Joseph Hoover, Ph.D.
Joseph Hoover, Ph.D.

Grantee Highlights

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Karletta Chief, Ph.D.

Partnering with Tribal Communities to Protect Water from Pollution and Climate Change

Karletta Chief, Ph.D., a hydrologist at the University of Arizona, facilitates collaborations between Indigenous communities and researchers to build resilience and improve environmental health.

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Upcoming Events

Health Effects Institute Annual Conference

26 - 28
Registration is now open
Location: Washington, D.C. Start: Jun 26, 2022 10:00 a.m. End: Jun 28, 2022 2:30 p.m. Host: The Health Effects Institute
The Health Effects Institute, which receives funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and other public and private organizations, is an independent research organization that provides impartial, relevant science on the health effects of air pollution. Their annual conference will feature poster sessions and talks that cover topics such as air quality standards, acute air pollution and the immune system, and how heat and carbon dioxide influence ozone exposure and health.
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Funding Opportunities

Application Due Date Jun 24 2022
Lasker Clinical Research Scholars Program (Si2/R00 Clinical Trial Optional)

The Lasker Clinical Research Scholars program will offer applicants the opportunity to compete for a unique combination of intramural and extramural resources for clinical research. The program will support a small number of exceptional clinical researchers in the early stages of their independent careers to promote their development as fully independent scientists. The program combines a period of research experience as a tenure-track investigator in the Intramural Research Program with additional years of independent financial support, either within the Intramural Research Program or at an extramural research institution. Successful applicants will receive support in two phases: 1) support for scholars in the Intramural Research Program for up to 5 years, with the possibility of an extension for an additional 2 years; and 2) either continued Intramural Research Program support, or up to 3 years of support to continue research as an independent clinician scientist at an extramural institution.

Deadline: June 24, 2022

Application Due Date Jun 25 2022
Research Enhancement Award Program (REAP) for Health Professional Schools and Graduate Schools (R15 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

The REAP program will enable qualified scientists to receive support for small-scale research projects. It is anticipated that investigators supported under the REAP program will benefit from the opportunity to conduct independent research; that the grantee institution will benefit from a research environment strengthened through REAP grants; and that students at recipient institutions will benefit from exposure to and participation in scientific research in the biomedical sciences so that they consider careers in biomedical research. The REAP funding opportunity emphasizes the engagement and inclusion of health professional, undergraduates, and/or graduate students in research. Since diversity strengthens the research environment, REAP grantees are encouraged to recruit and include students from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups underrepresented in the biomedical research workforce. NIEHS will accept applications describing research projects that will have a defined impact on the environmental health sciences and must have a research focus on exposure-health related responses from environmental agents within the mission interest of the NIEHS.

Deadlines: June 25, 2022; October 25, 2022

Application Due Date Jul 20 2022
SBIR E-learning for HAZMAT and Emergency Response (R43/R44 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Encourages Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant applications from small business concerns that propose to further the development of technology-enhanced training products for the health and safety training of: hazardous materials (HAZMAT) workers; waste treatment personnel; skilled support personnel associated with an emergency/disaster; emergency responders in biological hazard response, infectious disease response, and medical waste cleanup; emergency responders in disasters; and worker resiliency training. Technology-enhanced training products as defined by the Worker Training Program include, but are not limited to, online training, mobile device training, virtual reality, and serious gaming. These advanced technologies complement all phases of training from development to evaluation and can enhance, supplement, improve, and provide health and safety training for hazardous materials workers.

Deadline: July 20, 2022

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