Academic journal article Environmental Health Perspectives

EnviRN

Academic journal article Environmental Health Perspectives

EnviRN

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University of MD - School of Nursing

In the 1995 report Nursing, Health, and the Environment, the Institute of Medicine recommended a framework of environmental health knowledge and skills that should be part of any nurse's professional tool kit. In response, the Kellogg Program for Faculty Development in Environmental Health was developed to help integrate environmental health concepts into all levels of nursing education.

As part of this effort, the Kellogg Program has launched the EnviRN Web site, located at http://envirn.umaryland.edu/. The site provides scientific information on environmental health and nursing topics for both nurses and the general public. The ultimate goal of the site--and the Kellogg Program--is to prevent environmental disease by increasing the number of nursing professionals who can recognize the risk factors and symptoms of environmentally related disease and who can promote health through risk reduction and control strategies that individuals, families, and communities can implement.

Visitors to EnviRN can click on the Basic Concepts link to read the fundamentals of environmental health that are taught in the three-day faculty development workshop offered by the Kellogg Program. The information presented includes theories on toxicology, epidemiology, and environmental justice. This section provides a good overview of the key concepts and current thinking in the environmental health sciences. …

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