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EPA and CDC Announce Wildfire Smoke and Your Patients’ Health Course

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop a new online course, Wildfire Smoke and Your Patients’ Heath— with continuing education credit provided by the CDC.

The free course includes sections on:

The course takes about 45 minutes to complete and is intended for physicians, registered nurses, asthma educators and others involved in clinical or health education, although the course is accessible to anyone.  We are pleased to have this new educational resource available as a complement to the recently updated publication: Wildfire Smoke: A Guide for Public Health Officials. More resources on Wildfire Smoke and Health can be found at the EPA’s Smoke-Ready Toolbox for Wildfires.

A major component of smoke from fires is fine particle pollution, which can cause serious health effects. As the intensity of the wildfire smoke increases, scientific evidence has shown an elevated risk for cardiovascular- and respiratory-related effects. Health care professionals and educators can help patients and communities to prepare for wildfire smoke events and reduce health impacts.

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