The National Library of Medicine has several online environmental health student resources that serve students from grades 1-12. The information and data in these resources are free and vetted by science professionals. The resources are versatile and can be used by science educators in their classrooms, in afterschool programs, in home school programs and by students for their academic research assignments. We encourage you to use these resources and recommend them to interested groups.
NLM Environmental Health Student Resources:
- ToxMystery (Grades 1-5): Interactive Web site that teaches elementary school students about toxic substances in the home. Includes lesson plans and activities. Also available in Spanish.
- Environmental Health Student Portal (Grades 6-8): Provides middle school students and educators with information on common environmental health topics such as water pollution, climate change, air pollution, and chemicals.
- Household Products Database (Grades 6-12+): Learn about the potential health effects of chemicals in common household products ranging from personal hygiene products to landscape care products.
- ToxTown (Grades 6-12+): Interactive guide to commonly encountered toxic substances. Includes classroom materials. Also available in Spanish.
- Native Voices Exhibition Lesson Plans & Activities (Grades 6-12): The lesson plans and activities familiarize students with Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian healthcare by using the NLM Native Voices exhibition Web site content materials.
- TOXMAP (Grades 9-12+): Uses maps of the United States to visually explore Superfund and Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) sites and data from the EPA. Includes classroom materials.
- Toxicology Tutorials (Grades 9-12+): Written at the introductory college student level; tutorials teach basic toxicology principles.
Dylan Rain Tree
Social Science Program Specialist
National Library of Medicine
(301) 451-2789, Office
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Health and Wellness for Adolescent Girls and Women with Mental and Behavioral Health Conditions Knowledge Path
The Women’s Integrated Systems for Health (WISH) Project at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Maternal and Child Health Library (MCH Library) at Georgetown University, both of whom are funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), released a new knowledge path, Health and Wellness for Adolescent Girls and Women with Mental and Behavioral Health Conditions. The knowledge path aims to bridge the public health and mental health information needs of professionals on approaches to promoting optimal health and wellness for women of childbearing age who experience a mental, emotional, or behavioral health condition. The knowledge path covers topics relevant to health promotion and disease prevention for all women, and specifically for women with mental and behavioral health disorders. Topics include: reproductive and maternal health, intentional injury, chronic conditions, healthy behaviors, and health disparities. Contents include websites, distance!
learning tools, reports, data and statistics, journal articles and other literature and research, and guides on related topics. The knowledge path is available at http://www.mchlibrary.org/KnowledgePaths/kp_WISH.html
A separate brief presents resources for women and their families. The brief is available at http://www.mchlibrary.org/families/frb_WISH.html
We welcome your comments and would appreciate your help in sharing this information with your colleagues via your website, social media, or e-news services.
eXtreme project management: change-driven project lifecycles
For the September Lake Effects (9/18 at 1 CT), Gerald (Jay) Jurek will explore alternatives to traditional project management. Jay is a Librarian and Visiting Professor at the Library of the Health Sciences (LHS) at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is currently charged with oversight of the major renovation at LHS, and a variety of service improvement programs at this library. Given his focus on the needs of library users and interest in organizational models that promote library innovation, Jay’s presentation is sure to provide a fresh and exciting perspective on an increasingly important area of library administration. Jay will discuss when and why libraries benefit from project management. He will explain three change-driven project life cycles which contrast with traditional project management. In an effort to engage the realistic concerns of the audience, Jay invites GMR members share examples of current or past projects by September 12. Jay will combine examples to better illustrate the strengths and weaknesses of each method. Please register at: http://nnlm.gov/gmr/training/lakeeffects/
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Household Products Database (HPD) now contains over 14,000 products. http://hpd.nlm.nih.gov/
The latest update includes a new product category “commercial/institutional”. Product manufacturers of the more than 300 products in this category use various descriptions, including professional grade, professional use, hospital grade and more. Users can locate products using the new “commercial/institutional” link under “Browse by Category” on the HPD homepage or by entering the category/description terms (e.g. commercial, institutional, professional, hospital) as a Quick Search.
The Household Products Database links over 14,000 consumer brands to health effects from Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) provided by manufacturers and allows scientists and consumers to research products based on chemical ingredients. The database is designed to help answer the following typical questions:
- What are the chemical ingredients and their percentage in specific brands?
- Which products contain specific chemical ingredients?
- Who manufactures a specific brand? How do I contact this manufacturer?
- What are the acute and chronic effects of chemical ingredients in a specific brand?
- What other information is available about chemicals in the toxicology-related databases of the National Library of Medicine?
Information in the Household Products Database is from a variety of publicly available sources including brand-specific labels and Material Safety Data Sheets when available from manufacturers and manufacturers’ web sites.