School integrated pest management featured prominently at eXtension’s I-Three Issue Corps

Children cartoonChildren’s health is at the forefront of every political discussion, every school board meeting and every school district decision. So when teachers want to help students learn about eating healthy foods by growing a garden, where do they go to make sure that the garden will be successful and healthy? Where do school maintenance professionals go to learn how to keep rodents and roaches from contaminating the food in the school cafeteria?

In a recent blog at the I-Three Issue Corps at eXtension, Kathy Murray, an entomologist with the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry explains how the I-Three Corps Urban IPM project developed new tools and training resources for school staff and volunteers. Included in these resources is the ischoolpestmanager.org website that contains online learning modules and other documents to help a school pest management team successfully keep insect and mammal pests out of school.

Learn more about the I-Three Corps Urban IPM project and other school IPM websites available for school personnel by clicking here. And stay tuned for other blog posts about urban and school IPM at eXtension.

Funding opportunity for Children’s Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Centers

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages grant applications to support a transdisciplinary program of basic and applied research to examine the effects of environmental factors on children’s health and well-being. Research conducted through the Centers should include substantive areas of science in children’s health while incorporating innovative technologies and approaches and links to the environment. This program encourages strong links between disciplines in the basic, applied, clinical and public health sciences to prevent disease and promote health of all children – See more at: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-ES-14-002.html#sthash.3MBmuDsq.dpuf

Sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and the US Environmental Protection Agency

Deadlines:

Application due December 22 by 5 PM local time of applicant organization.

Letter of intent due by November 22.

American Academy of Pediatrics recommends using IPM to reduce children’s exposure to pesticides

Increased support for IPM adoption is one of the recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics in a position paper on pesticides published in Pediatrics this month. The article also expresses concern about children’s exposure to pesticides and makes several recommendations overseeing pesticide marketing, labeling and usage.

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Upcoming Webinar: Development and Implementation of a School Environmental Health Program

Register for EPA’s upcoming webinars to learn more about healthy schools and the soon to be released Voluntary Guidelines to States:  Development and Implementation of a School Environmental Health Program.

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Children’s Environmental Health Module Now Available

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have a website that is tracking children’s health and related incidents/health effects:

 http://ephtracking.cdc.gov/showChildEHMain.action
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A new Children’s Environmental Health module is now available on the Tracking Network! This module brings together data and information already on the Tracking Network related to children’s health. Specific topics in this module include asthma, some childhood cancers, lead poisoning, some developmental disabilities, and socioeconomic conditions.

In this module you can learn:

  •  reasons why children are at greater risk for health effects from environmental contaminants,
  • how exposures to environmental hazards can affect a child’s growth and development, and
  • ways to protect children from environmental exposures so they can live safer, healthier lives.

Another feature new to the Network is a Communication Tools link within each topic. Click on the Communication Tools link in the green left hand navigation menu to view items such as toolkits, videos, and podcasts related to each topic. Animated maps are available on the communication tools page for the following areas: asthma, birth defects, carbon monoxide poisoning, childhood lead poisoning, and reproductive and birth outcomes.

Visit the Tracking Network today to explore the data and learn more about children’s environmental health.

Children’s Environmental Health workshops in Texas

Two Children’s Environmental Health Workshops will be held at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Weslaco during the fourth week of June, according to the event’s coordinator.

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