Partnerships for Environmental Public Health

PEPH Environmental Chat Podcast


This podcast series explores how environmental exposures affect our health. Each episode highlights ways researchers work in partnership with community groups to understand and address environmental health issues.

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Autism and the Environment 10:53

In this episode, we’ll hear from NIEHS-funded researcher Staci Bilbo, Ph.D., who studies how environmental exposures and stress, especially during early development in the womb, influence children’s brain and behavioral development.

Autism 03/22/2024

Incorporating the Environment Into Maternal and Child Health Care 12:09

In this episode, we’ll hear how an NIEHS-funded program is teaching health care professionals about the many interactions that occur between children, pregnant women, new mothers, and their environment.

Children’s Health, Maternal Health 02/26/2024

Keeping Your Home Safe From Radon 11:52

In this episode, Ellen Hahn, Ph.D., discusses her work to increase radon awareness and testing in rural Kentucky and help residents take action to reduce their exposure at home.

Radon, Cancer 01/03/2024

PFAS in Drinking Water: Responding to Community Concerns 12:32

In this episode, we’ll hear how scientists responded to residents’ concerns after PFAS was discovered in their drinking water.

PFAS 12/05/2023

Protecting Communities From Lead Exposure 10:51

In this episode, we’ll learn about factors associated with lead exposure and ways to prevent exposure to the toxic metal. The episode focuses on issues of lead contamination in Philadelphia.

Children’s Health 10/02/2023

Community-based Participatory Research for Structural Change 10:56

In this episode, we’ll learn how community-based participatory research can generate change in the social, economic, and political structures that drive many environmental health disparities.

Community Engagement, Environmental Health Disparities 09/27/2023

The Exposome and Health (Part 2) 11:07

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.

Exposome 08/09/2023

The Exposome and Health (Part 1) 12:47

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.

Exposome 07/10/2023

Protecting Firefighter Health 9:47

In this episode, we’ll learn about the mixture of chemicals firefighters are exposed to on the job, how those chemicals may harm health, and best practices to reduce occupational exposures and improve firefighter health.

Occupational Health, Cancer 06/15/2023

Spending Time in Nature May Slow Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s Disease Progression 7:01

In this episode, we’ll hear how access to nature may protect against Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease risk.

Nature, Neurodegenerative Diseases 04/14/2023

Gas Stoves and Your Health 6:57

In this episode, we’ll learn how pollutants released by gas stoves can harm health and the environment. Plus learn ways to reduce indoor air pollutants and health risks associated with gas stoves.

Indoor Air Pollution, Climate Change 03/22/2023

Reducing Exposure to Disinfection Byproducts in Drinking Water 10:37

In this episode, we’ll learn about compounds in drinking water, called disinfection byproducts, that can harm health. We’ll hear how researchers and community groups in rural Kentucky are working to reduce residents’ exposure to these compounds.

Water Quality, Environmental Exposures 02/22/2023

Combining Technology and Training to Protect Workers’ Health 14:22

In this episode, we’ll learn how two NIEHS grantees are turning to technology to enhance health and safety training for hazardous materials workers.

Worker Health and Safety 01/06/2023

Food Security, Nutrition, and Indigenous Health in the Arctic 11:15

In this episode, Sappho Gilbert, a doctoral candidate at Yale University, discusses how climate change is altering food security and nutrition among Inuit communities in the Canadian Arctic.

Native American health, Climate Change 11/14/2022

Climate Change, Air Pollution, and Children’s Health and Your Health 10:32

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.

Climate Change, Children's Health 10/12/2022

PFAS and Your Health 8:44

In this episode, Laurel Schaider, Ph.D., talks about how PFAS exposures affect health and how communities can learn more about this large class of chemicals, including ways to reduce exposure.

PFAS 09/23/2022

Campaign Promotes Eating Safer Fish 11:43

In this episode, a researcher and community partner discuss how they teamed up to create a campaign to help communities understand the risks of consuming certain fish from a polluted waterway. They also share tips on how to choose, prepare, and cook fish to reduce exposure to harmful contaminants.

Fish Consumption, Environmental Justice 08/17/2022

Community Science Aids Harmful Algal Blooms Research 7:40

In this episode, George Bullerjahn, Ph.D., discusses a community science program in which charter boat captains and the U.S. Coast Guard work with researchers to collect water samples from Lake Erie. These samples provide NIEHS-funded researchers the robust data they need to monitor, predict, and mitigate harmful algal blooms.

Harmful Algal Blooms 07/13/2022

Redlining Still Affects Health Today 7:57

In this episode, we’ll hear from Rachel Morello-Frosch, Ph.D., who discusses how redlining has shaped disparities in health and environmental exposures today.

Health Disparities 06/15/2022

NIEHS Program Empowers Women, Improves Health 10:51

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.

Women's Health 05/17/2022

Community-engaged Research Leads to Soil Cleanup 10:23

In this episode, we’ll hear about a community-engaged research project to test the soil in urban gardens for lead and other harmful contaminants and raise awareness of children’s health risks associated with exposure.

Urban Gardening, Lead 04/13/2022

The Shrinking Salton Sea and Children’s Health 9:34

In this episode, you’ll hear about a community-engaged research project that aims to understand how the drying Salton Sea will affect air pollution and children’s lung health in Southern California.

Air Quality, Children’s Health, Community Engagement 03/16/2022

Air Pollution Monitoring Turns Students into Citizen Scientists 8:27

In this episode, we’ll hear Jessa Ellenburg discuss why it’s important to get students and communities involved in citizen science. She also shares stories and lessons learned from her more than 10 years in science education and outreach.

Air Pollution, Citizen Science 02/15/2022

Healthy Buildings, Healthy People, Healthy Planet 11:45

In this episode we talk with Joseph G. Allen, D.Sc., who is merging the fields of building science and health science. Allen discusses his research on indoor air quality and health and offers strategies people can use to promote healthy buildings, healthy lives, and a healthy planet.

Indoor Environment, Climate Change 01/19/2022

Parkinson’s Disease, Pesticides, and the Gut Microbiome 12:24

In this episode, Beate Ritz, M.D., Ph.D., talks about how the environment, gut microbiome, and brain interact to influence the development and progression of Parkinson’s disease.

Microbiome, Pesticides, Brain Health 12/16/2021

Environmental Justice: The Past, Present, and Future of the Movement 12:04

In this episode, Robert Bullard, Ph.D., often referred to as the father of environmental justice, shares his knowledge and insights from more than 40 years as a leading voice in the environmental justice movement.

Environmental Justice 11/23/2021

Why Neighborhoods Matter: Brain Development in Children 11:15

In this podcast, we’ll hear from Megan Herting, Ph.D., who discusses why neighborhoods matter when it comes to brain and cognitive development. She also shares her thoughts on how we can promote neighborhood equity to improve children’s health.

Children’s Health 10/12/2021

Botanical Safety 8:33

In this podcast, you’ll hear from Cynthia Rider, Ph.D., who talks about what we know – and don’t know – when it comes to botanical safety.

Botanical Safety 09/27/2021

Engaging Youth in Research 10:02

This podcast explores the many benefits of engaging youth in environmental health research.

Youth Research 08/19/2021

Wildfire Smoke and Children’s Health 10:32

This podcast explores the harmful effects of wildfire smoke on children’s health and provides tips to keep kids safe during a wildfire event.

Children’s Health, Wildfire Smoke 07/30/2021

Eating a Healthy Diet to Protect Against Pollution 9:32

This podcast explores how eating a healthy diet may protect against the harmful health effects of pollution.

Nutrition, Environmental Exposures 06/22/2021

Hair Care and Black Women's Health 9:30

In this podcast, you’ll learn about differences in hair product use by race and what exposure to the chemicals in these products means for health. Plus, you’ll hear about an NIEHS-funded intervention study to reduce the use of hair products containing harmful chemicals among pregnant women of color.

Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals, Health Disparities 05/20/2021

Dogs Shed Light on Chemical Exposures and Disease 12:15

In this podcast, you’ll hear from two researchers who are using silicone monitoring devices to detect chemical exposures in dogs and their owners to gain insight into the ways our daily exposures may affect our health.

Environmental Exposures 04/14/2021

Using Implementation Science to Move Environmental Health Discoveries into the Real-world 10:39

This podcast explores how environmental health researchers can embrace implementation science to enhance the public health impact of their research and address environmental health disparities.

Implementation Science 03/17/2021

Greening Neighborhoods to Improve Health 10:08

In this podcast, we’ll hear from NIEHS grantee Aruni Bhatnagar, Ph.D., who leads the Green Heart Study, an ambitious and first of its kind project to examine the impacts of green neighborhoods on heart health.

Air Pollution, Nature, Environmental Health Disparities 02/23/2021

Using Culturally Appropriate Messages to Promote Smoke-Free Homes 11:24

In this podcast, you’ll hear from NIEHS-funded researcher Patricia Nez Henderson, M.D., M.P.H., who is working with tribal communities to encourage the adoption of smoke-free homes, with the goal of improving their health.

Native American Health 02/08/2021

NIEHS Program Builds Careers, Changes Lives (Part II) 7:38

In this second installment of our two-part series celebrating the 25th anniversary of the NIEHS Environmental Career Worker Training Program, we’ll hear from Rocio Treminio-Lopez, a program graduate who is now the mayor of Brentwood, Maryland. Treminio-Lopez shares personal stories of her experiences in the program and how it shaped her life and career path.

Worker Health and Safety; Environmental Justice 01/13/2021

NIEHS Program Builds Careers, Changes Lives (Part I) 11:00

In this podcast, you’ll hear how the NIEHS Environmental Career Worker Training Program (ECWTP) enhances life skills, creates jobs, and provides sustainable career opportunities for underserved populations across the U.S.

Worker Health and Safety; Environmental Justice 12/11/2020

Microplastic Pollution and Human Health 7:03

In this podcast, you’ll hear from Mark Hahn at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution about how microplastics impact human health and the ecosystem, and how researchers are working to address this issue.

Environmental Exposures 06/22/2020

Understanding Cell Phones, Radio Frequency Radiation, and Their Effects on Health 7:06

In this podcast, you will hear from a toxicologist at the National Toxicology Program about how cell phones work using radio frequency radiation (RFR) and what his team is doing to better understand potential health effects from their use. In addition, you will learn tips to reduce your exposure to RFR.

Environmental Exposures 05/08/2020

When Wildfires Hit Close to Home 9:12

In this podcast you’ll hear how NIEHS-funded researchers are studying urban wildfires to better understand these complex exposures and the unique ways they may affect human health. You’ll also learn how information from these studies could help communities better prepare for urban wildfires in the future.

Environmental Exposures 03/05/2020

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