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Resources by Topic: Environmental health

A Guide to Building a Climate-Ready Rural Workforce
Guides local health departments in establishing and expanding climate and health programs for rural areas. Discusses climate-related environmental health challenges and activities, including sections on surveillance and data use, partnerships, communication and outreach, workforce development, and mental health.
Author(s): Nikita Kheni, Angana Roy, Aliya Al-Sadi, Beth Hess
Date: 07/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of County and City Health Officials
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Ambient Air Pollution and the Risk of Violence in Primary and Secondary School Settings: A Cross-sectional Study
Examines the relationship among air quality, neurological dysfunction, and violent behavior in schools. Analyzes associations between air pollution and violent incidents in Minnesota schools from 2008-2012. Includes county-level maps showing air pollution levels and location of rural and urban schools, with further data analysis exploring rural versus urban differences in air quality and violent behavior.
Author(s): Austin T. Rau, Alyson B. Harding, Andy Ryan, et al.
Citation: Injury Epidemiology, 11, 24
Date: 06/2024
Type: Document
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Cohort Profile: The Assessing Imperial Valley Respiratory Health and the Environment (AIRE) Study
Details a prospective cohort study focused on examining the respiratory health effects of childhood exposures to wind-blown particulate matter (PM) in a rural area of California. Utilizes 2017-2019 data to observe asthmatic symptoms and other health indicators across sociodemographic categories. Discusses the impact of PM on childhood health and the potential for geographic disparities.
Author(s): Shohreh F. Farzan, Elizabeth Kamai, Dayane Duenas Barahona, et al.
Citation: Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, 38(4), 359-369
Date: 05/2024
Type: Document
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The Paradox of High Greenness and Poor Health in Rural Central Appalachia
Examines the environmental, socioeconomic, and psychological/behavioral factors that result in poor health in rural central Appalachia despite the availability of green areas. Includes discussion about the factors that attenuate or overwhelm potential health benefits of greenness for Appalachian citizens.
Author(s): Jiaying Dong, Matthew H E M Browning, Aaron Reuben, et al.
Citation: Environmental Research, 248, 118400
Date: 05/2024
Type: Document
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The Climate Migrant: Health Risks Before, During, and After Migration
Explores the different types of migrants created by or affected by climate change and their health risks and needs. Defines three types of migrants: climate-precipitates migrants, climate-impacted migrants, and climate workers. Details the different challenges and needs of the different types of migrants.
Author(s): Amy K. Liebman, Marysel Pagan-Santana, Claire H. Seda
Citation: Journal of the National Hispanic Medical Association, 2(1), 36-43
Date: 04/2024
Type: Document
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How Americans View Infrastructure in Their Community
Examines survey data on residents' perspectives on their own neighborhood infrastructure for 15 community types as defined by the American Communities Project. Discusses infrastructure condition, funding, amount of use, access to infrastructure, and environmental hazards due to infrastructure.
Author(s): Ari Pinkus
Date: 04/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Communities Project
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Urinary Biomonitoring of Glyphosate Exposure Among Male Farmers and Nonfarmers in the Biomarkers of Exposure and Effect in Agriculture (BEEA) Study
Presents a study on glyphosate exposure among farmers and farmworkers and compares exposure rates to non-farmers. Discusses the efficacy of personal protective equipment (PPE) and compares different PPE combinations.
Author(s): Vicky C. Chang, Maria Ospina, Shuai Xie, et al.
Citation: Environment International, 187, 108644
Date: 04/2024
Type: Document
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Seasonal Extreme Temperatures and Short-Term Fine Particulate Matter Increases Pediatric Respiratory Healthcare Encounters in a Sparsely Populated Region of the Intermountain Western United States
Analyzes the impact of short-term fine particulate matter (PM) and seasonal temperatures on children's health in rural, western Montana. Examines healthcare visits for asthma, lower respiratory tract infections (LRTI), and upper respiratory tract infections (URTI) and examines the correlation between environmental changes and healthcare outcomes.
Author(s): Erin L. Landguth, Jonathon Knudson, Jon Graham, et al.
Citation: Environmental Health, 23, 40
Date: 04/2024
Type: Document
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Communities Need Safe Drinking Water: A Rural Environmental Justice Case Study
Discusses access to clean drinking water in rural, underserved communities and Native nations, and presents case studies of communities working to improve environmental health equity. Features the Environmental Justice Community Action Network (EJCAN) of North Carolina, the Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) of the Native Village of Hooper Bay, Alaska, and community leaders in Ivanhoe, North Carolina.
Author(s): Rebecca Huenink
Date: 04/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Aspen Institute
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National Advisory Council on the National Health Service Corps Meeting Minutes, March 19–20, 2024
Minutes from the March 19-20, 2024 meeting, including NHSC updates and presentations on climate change and health equity, rural health research resources, and addressing climate change related-vulnerability through primary care.
Additional links: Climate Change and Health Equity: How HHS is Making the Connection, Climate Change: Addressing Vulnerability through Primary Care, Rural Health Research Resources
Date: 03/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Council on the National Health Service Corps
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