The Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), in conjunction with the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, will present a Nursing and
Environmental Health Workshop on June 4. The workshop will take place from 7:45 a.m. until
4:30 p.m. at the Southwest General Hospital Tenet Health System in San Antonio, Texas.
The workshop is the first of a series planned for San Antonio to provide broad-based
general background education for the community on environmental health issues. This
workshop is intended to ensure that nursing professionals have a working knowledge of
environmental health. ATSDR is making this type of training available to nurses across the
country to provide them with the information they need to address health concerns from the
public on issues related to exposures to hazardous substances in the environment.
ATSDR will also present workshops for physicians and for members of the community.
While the information presented in the workshops will be helpful for developing a
preventive approach for the overall environmental health of the people in the area, it
will also provide health professionals and members of the community with the background
knowledge to assist them in understanding the public health assessment for Kelly Air Force
Base. ATSDR expects to release the public health assessment as soon as the workshops are
Topics which will be covered in the one-day workshop include: exposure assessment,
diagnosis, referral and consultation, intervention, and prevention to reduce risk and
promote public health. Speakers will include health professionals from around the country,
as well as members of the San Antonio community.
The workshop is a part of ATSDR's program to provide general education in environmental
health areas for health care professionals. ATSDR Health Educators can also provide
workshops to geared to the specific needs of individual communities when needed.
For more information about the Nursing and Environmental Health Workshop, or the
upcoming workshops for physicians and for members of the community, contact Cherryll
Ranger, ATSDR Division of Health Education and Promotion, toll free at 1-888-42-ATSDR