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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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Air Conditioning Distribution Program Improves Health for Vulnerable Residents

In summer 2020, air conditioning (AC) units were distributed to low-income residents over age 60 in New York City (NYC) to combat the health effects of extreme heat during the pandemic.

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Podcast: Environmental Health Chat Podcast Series

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The Exposome and Health (Part 2)

August 09, 2023

In our second episode exploring the exposome, we'll learn how incorporating community perspectives into the exposome definition could help researchers better understand the totality of lifetime exposures and improve human health.

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The Exposome and Health (Part 1)

July 10, 2023

In this episode, we'll learn how studying the exposome helps scientists gain a more holistic understanding of how the environment influences health and disease.

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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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PEPH established its webinar series to promote interactions among grantees, increase awareness of common issues and approaches, and facilitate consideration of emerging concerns. While the primary audience is grantees within the PEPH network, anyone interested in environmental public health is welcome to participate.

PEPH Webinars
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Grantee Highlights

Kelly Pennell

Kelly Pennell, Ph.D.

From Pipes to People: Addressing Vapor Intrusion and Water Contamination
As a high schooler, Kelly Pennell, Ph.D., learned about a Nigerian environmental and human rights activist named Ken Saro-Wiwa, who railed against the oil industry for inflicting decades of pollution on Ogoni communities of the Niger Delta.
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Upcoming Events

Impacts of Heat on Health in Early Life – A Climate Week at Penn Event

Registration is now open
Location: Online Start: Sep 22, 2023 1:00 p.m. End: Sep 22, 2023 2:00 p.m. Host: Philly Center for Children's Environmental Health
This panel discussion will focus on the health consequences of rising temperatures and heatwaves on fetuses, newborns, and birth outcomes. The talk is part of the University of Pennsylvania’s Climate Week (September 18 – 22), an event designed to offer a chance for people to engage in learning and action about climate. The moderator of the talk is Marilyn Howarth, M.D., the director of the NIEHS-funded Community Engagement Core at the Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology and the deputy director of the Philadelphia Regional Center for Children’s Environmental Health.

American Public Health Association’s Annual Meeting and Expo: Creating the Healthiest Nation — Overcoming Social and Ethical Challenges

12 - 15
Registration is now open
Location: Atlanta, Georgia Start: Nov 12, 2023 10:00 a.m. End: Nov 15, 2023 4:00 p.m. Host: ISEE
This meeting will focus on building public health capacity and addressing health-related social and ethical challenges in the U.S. There will be sessions on children’s environmental health;community perspectives on PFAS contamination; building healthy and resilient communities; integrating measurement, mapping, and community narratives to alleviate environmental health stressors; environmental justice; and other topics related to environmental public health.
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Funding Opportunities

Application Due Date Sep 18 2023
STrengthening Research Opportunities for NIH Grants (STRONG): Structured Institutional Needs Assessment and Action Plan Development for Resource Limited Institutions (RLIs) (UC2 - Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

The STRONG-RLI program will support research capacity needs assessments by eligible RLIs. The program will also support recipient institutions in using the results of the assessments to develop action plans for how to meet the identified needs. The program’s goal is to increase competitiveness in the biomedical research enterprise and foster institutional environments conducive to research career development. Awards are intended to support RLIs in analyzing their institutional research capacity needs and strengths. RLIs are defined for this funding opportunity as institutions with a mission to serve historically underrepresented populations in biomedical research that award degrees in the health professions or the sciences related to health, in STEM fields including social and behavioral sciences, and have received up to $25 million (total costs) per year of NIH research project grant support for the past three fiscal years.

Deadline: September 18, 2023

Application Due Date Sep 25 2023
Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Institutional Research Training Grant (Parent T32)

Supports development of and/or enhances research training opportunities for people interested in careers in biomedical, behavioral or social sciences, clinical research, health services research, or in any other research discipline related to the NIH mission. The NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) program helps ensure a diverse pool of highly trained scientists is available in appropriate scientific disciplines to address the nation's biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research needs. To accomplish this goal, NRSA training programs are designed to train recipients to conduct research and to prepare for research careers. More information about NRSA programs may be found at the Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA website.

Deadline: September 25, 2023

Application Due Date Oct 02 2023
Limited Competition: Superfund Hazardous Substance Research and Training Program (P42 Clinical Trial Optional)

NIEHS is announcing the continuation of the Superfund Hazardous Substance Research and Training Program, referred to as Superfund Research Program (SRP) centers. SRP center grants will support problem-based, solution-oriented research centers that consist of multiple, integrated projects representing both the biomedical and environmental science and engineering disciplines; as well as cores tasked with administrative (which includes research translation), data management and analysis, community engagement, research experience and training coordination, and research support functions. Collectively, the center's research projects (maximum of six) should represent a range of basic and applied research that contributes to the problem-based, solution-oriented goal of the center. Each center's central problem should be addressed by the contributions of these projects and each project should have the necessary biomedical and/or environmental science and/or engineering expertise to address the central problem. 

Deadline: October 2, 2023

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