Category: Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR)

Stories of Collaboration: ATSDR 2021 Annual Report

The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) serves as a science-based public health agency working to address community concerns about hazardous substances. For more than four decades, ATSDR has worked with communities across the United States to identify and reduce community exposures that might lead to harmful health effects. To date, we have Read More >

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Introducing CDC/ATSDR’s PFAS Blood Level Estimation Tool

The PFAS Blood Level Estimation Tool (“the tool”) was created to help individuals who have consumed PFAS-contaminated drinking water and who have information about the levels of PFAS in their water estimate their PFAS blood levels. The tool is a user-friendly, web-based estimator for the public, housed on the ATSDR website. Human exposure to per- Read More >

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Working to Address Children’s Environmental Health

Today, across the nation, we celebrate Children’s Environmental Health Day. This is an opportunity to increase the visibility of children’s environmental health issues, while empowering individuals and organizations to take action on behalf of children nationwide. For the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units (PEHSUs), this serves as an opportunity to reinforce the need for the Read More >

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Celebrating Children’s Health Month and Encouraging Collaboration!

October is Children’s Health Month. This observance serves as an opportunity to highlight ATSDR’s on-going work to protect children from environmental hazards that affect their health. Protecting children’s environmental health requires collaboration among their parents and caregivers, communities, health professionals, and local, state, and federal governments. ATSDR has many initiatives in place to protect children’s Read More >

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National Preparedness Month – Planning for Environmentally Safe Disaster Recovery for Children

September is National Preparedness Month. Natural disasters, such as hurricanes, can happen at any time, and preparing for them can be challenging, especially in places where children spend time. However, public health and environmental health professionals can play a role in informing emergency planning in these settings, especially for the recovery process. Families and communities Read More >

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Coping After Natural Disasters

Note: Valerie Rodriguez Teissonniere is a health communication intern at CDC and is sharing her personal experiences in this post. Growing up and living in Puerto Rico for over 20 years, I’ve faced numerous natural disasters and emergencies. Hurricanes Maria and Irma in 2017 and George in 1998 were most notorious for causing the most Read More >

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The Road Less Traveled – Not All Veterinarians are Clinical Practitioners

Meet Brittany Szafran, DVM, PhD, Toxicologist and Associate Service Fellow for the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) in Atlanta, Georgia. A Brief Personal History Like many other students who pursue veterinarian medicine, Brittany wanted to work with animals from a young age. She tailored her life to pursue the profession. During her Read More >

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Earth Day and Environmental Justice: Connected and Working Together Side-By-Side

Sparks for Environmental Movement On April 22nd, the world celebrates Earth Day, established in 1970 by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson to create a healthier environment by protecting our planet and its resources. When environments become polluted or contaminated, they can cause harmful health effects in human beings. Perhaps, Earth Day set the tone for environmental Read More >

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Welcome to CDC’s NCEH/ATSDR Clear Writing Hub!

CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) have long been your sources for the latest in environmental health news and information. But now they are your source for clear writing support as well! Read More >

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Radon Action Month – Healthcare Professionals Can Raise Awareness Too!

January is National Radon Action Month, an annual observance highlighting the importance of this public health issue. This also serves as an opportunity for healthcare providers to learn more about the role they can play in informing patients about radon and limiting the effects of exposures. Radon is a colorless, tasteless, odorless, radioactive gas. It Read More >

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