National Strategies For Health Care Providers: Pesticides Initiative
Goal: Improve the recognition, management and prevention of health effects from pesticide poisonings and exposures
The National Strategies for Health Care Providers: Pesticides Initiative takes a strategic approach for incorporating environmental health information into the education and practice of health care providers, using pesticides as a model. This long-term initiative is a project of NEEF in partnership with the US Environmental Protection Agency and in collaboration with a broad range of stakeholders, including government agencies, health care provider organizations, and academic institutions.
The Implementation Plan presents a three-pronged approach with specific activities in education, practice, and resources/tools, through which all target audiences will receive increased education and practice skills. Through the Initiative's activities, primary health care providers are expected to acquire a basic knowledge of health effects related to pesticide exposures and an ability to take action to ameliorate such effects through clinical and preventive activities.
The leaders in medicine, nursing, and environmental health who participated in the Initiative's National Forum (pdf) in June 2003 formed a national partnership committed to institutionalize the integration of environmental health into healthcare and issued a Position Statement (pdf) about the need for environmental education in health care provider education.