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School Environmental Health: Why It Matters and What to Look For

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This webinar is part of an ongoing series of educational presentations by experts on issues that focus on current and emerging aspects of pediatric and reproductive environmental health. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Make the connection between school indoor environment and student health and academic performance, particularly for asthmatics
  • Understand that since there are no standards or guidelines for air quality in schools, acceptable IEQ is based on good practices of design, maintenance and operation of facilities
  • Understand the importance of districts having an indoor environmental health program at both the facility and district level, with members that meet routinely to discuss issues, concerns, and to identify best management practices
  • Identify the common issues routinely observed in schools and how they may impact indoor environmental conditions and ultimately student health

 Presented By:

Luke Gard, CIEC, CMC, BOC
Safe and Healthy School Program Manager
Children’s Mercy Hospital – Center for Environmental Health
PEHSU Region 7
Luke Gard received a BS Biology from the University of Kansas, Lawrence campus and has been involved in the environmentally-related sciences since 1994, while working in several environmental laboratories in both the Lawrence and Kansas City area until he began working in the Center for Environmental Health at Children’s Mercy Hospital in 2005. After a year or so, Luke became very interested in school environments and the unique challenges that they pose, which led to the creation of the Safe and Healthy Schools Program within the Center for Environmental Health.

Luke also serves as a primary instructor for the National Center for Healthy Housing, particularly the Essentials for Healthy Homes Practitioner, the Assessment How-To training program, and the Healthy Homes training for Codes Officials. He is also a certified Healthy Homes Specialist (NEHA credential), a Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant (CIEC), a Certified Microbial Consultant (CMC), and has a Building Operator’s Certification (BOC). He is a member of the Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) and currently serves on the Membership committee of the organization.

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 – 11/22/2016
Expiration Date – 11/22/2018

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: 1U61TS000237-03 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-75-95877701. Neither EPA nor ATSDR endorse the purchase of any commercial products or services mentioned in PEHSU publications.

Training Material

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