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Public Health Response to Large Scale Water Contamination

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This Journal Club webinar was originally presented on February 24, 2016. The presenter will begin by describing the study methodologies used in the journal articles to be discussed. This will be followed by a discussion of the results of the studies under consideration and implications for current clinical and public health practice. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify major water contamination incidents in the US
  • Describe potential water contamination related risks
  • Evaluate the public health response to large scale water contamination

Articles to be discussed:

  1. Intentional and Inadvertent Chemical Contamination of Food, Water, and Medication
    MCKay C and Scharman EJ 
    Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America 2015; 33(1): 153-1772. 
  2. Incidence of waterborne lead in private drinking water systems in Virginia
    Pieper KJ, Krometis LH, Gallagher DL, Banham BL, and Edwards M
    Journal of Water and Health 2015; 13(3): 897-9083. 
  3. Elevated Blood Lead Levels in Children Associated with the Flint Drinking Water Crisis: A Spatial Analysis of Risk and Public Health Response
    Hanna-Attisha M, LaChance J, Sadler RCS, and Schnepp AC 
    American Journal of Public Health 2016; 106(2): 283-290

Presented By:

Stormy Monks, PhD, MPH, CHES
Assistant Professor
Public Health Specialist/Core Consultant
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso
Region 6 PEHSU

Dr. Stormy Monks is an Assistant Professor with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso. She currently serves as a Research Scientist for the Department of Emergency Medicine – Division of Simulation Education. In addition, Dr. Monks serves as a Core Consultant – Public Health Specialist for the Southwest Center for Pediatric Environmental Health. She is also a Certified Health Education Specialist.

Dr. Monks has presented her research at various local, regional, and national conferences. She has also authored several publications focusing on alcohol and drug research, sexual victimization, self-esteem, and risky lifestyle behaviors. Moreover, she has been engaged in mentoring master level and medical students in research activities and is an active participant in collaborative research groups both locally and nationally.

Approximate Completion Time

60 minutes

Continuing Education Information

This course qualifies as continuing education for physicians, nurses, certified health education specialists and other professionals provided by the Centers for Disease Control and its partners. 

Origination Date – 03/29/2016
Expiration Date – 03/29/2018

CE Available

1.0 CME (for physicians)

1.0 CME (attendance for non-physicians)

1.0 CNE (for nurses)

.10 CEU (for other professionals)

1.0 CHES (for certified health education specialists)

Accreditation Statements

This material was supported by the American College of Medical Toxicology (ACMT) and funded (in part) by the cooperative agreement FAIN: U61TS000238 from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR).

Acknowledgement: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supports the PEHSU by providing partial funding to ATSDR under Inter-Agency Agreement number DW-75-92301301. Neither EPA nor ATSDR endorse the purchase of any commercial products or services mentioned in PEHSU publications.

Photo Credit: Tap water in a Flint hospital on Oct. 16, 2015. (Photo: Joyce Zhu /

Training Material

  • Presentation
  • Presentation PDF
  • Post-Test
  • How To Obtain Continuing Education Credit