Post category: psychosocial environment
A New Chapter in A Story of Health!
Reiko and Toshio are a Japanese-American couple in their early 30s who met in college and later married. They have been trying to have a child for about a year and feel frustrated that Reiko is not yet pregnant. They are not alone—infertility is not uncommon.
Follow Reiko and Toshio as they explore what may be contributing to their infertility and their options for interventions. Their story is the newest chapter in A Story of Health multimedia eBook, available at no cost. This eBook uses videos, infographics and articles by experts to illustrate where and how we live, work, and play can influence reproductive health. Written for health care providers, prospective parents, health advocates, policy makers and others concerned about environmental influences on reproductive health, the story includes links to additional resources and scientific references on each page.
Health professionals can register for free continuing education credits (CE) through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with ATSDR hosting the CE accreditation pages.
The first installment of the eBook, with chapters on asthma, developmental disabilities and childhood leukemia, is also available to download for free, either in total or as individual chapters.
A Story of Health has been developed in a collaboration among the federal Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), the Center for Integrative Research on Childhood Leukemia and the Environment (CIRCLE) at the University of California, Berkeley, Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE), the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment, California EPA (OEHHA), the Science and Environmental Health Network (SEHN), and the Western States Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU).
Every year the World Health Organization (WHO) celebrates the anniversary of its founding by mobilizing around a specific health topic. This year, on April 7, 2017, the WHO will focus on the theme of depression. You can learn more on the WHO's website today. CHE has more resources on environments that can influence your risk for depression including the psychosocial, socioeconomic and built environments. Click on each to learn more.
We Are All Biologically Embedded
Given the grave concerns about scientific research and health-protective regulations being sidelined for political reasons in the US right now, I'm finding it hard to see the forest for the trees. Instead I feel I'm racing through a massive forest trying to protect one tree before it's cut down, only to find that the next 100 trees have already been decimated. I know I'm not alone in this. . . .
The Art of Action
In our world of high-speed technology, we have unlimited access to top news stories and new research. Identifying the copious social problems facing our nation has never been easier, sometimes to the extent that we feel every day is Doomsday. With the constant buzz on issues such as poverty, health, social inequality, discrimination, and the environment it is easy to become numb due to the sheer volume of the problems and inability to find a place to start picking up the pieces. Nonetheless, equipped with this knowledge we have a responsibility to act. . . .