Online course from EPA: Particle Pollution and Your Patients’ Health

EPA teamed up with CDC to develop and accredit a new course designed for healthcare professionals called Particle Pollution and Your Patients’ Health. The course provides tools to help patients understand how particle pollution affects their health and how to effectively use the EPA Air Quality Index. EPA scientists who conduct research and risk assessments on the health effects of particle pollution contributed their expertise to developing the course.

Course Objectives

Upon completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain what size particles are the greatest health concern and where and when they are a problem.
  • Identify how particle pollution exposure affects the cardiovascular and respiratory systems.
  • Identify how particle pollution exposure can affect the general population.
  • Identify how particle pollution exposure affects patients with cardiovascular or respiratory disease.
  • Explain the purpose and use of the Air Quality Index for advising patients how to protect their health.
  • Discuss methods to reduce exposure during high particle pollution events.
  • Address typical patient questions and clinical scenarios relating to particle pollution exposure.

Continuing Education

CME activities with Joint Providers: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited by the (ACCME®) to provide medical education for physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention designates this enduring material for a maximum of (1.25) AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

CNE:  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is accredited as a provider of Continuing Nursing Education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

This activity provides (1.2) contact hours.

CEU:  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is authorized by IACET to offer (0.1) CEUs for this program.

For more information about CE credits for this course, visit https://www.epa.gov/particle-pollution-and-your-patients-health/continuing-education-particle-pollution-course.

Author: Laura B.

I'm the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center's Sustainability Information Curator, which is a fancy way of saying embedded librarian. I'm also Executive Director of the Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable. When not writing for Environmental News Bits, I'm an avid reader. Visit Laura's Reads to see what I'm currently reading.

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