CHW Environmental Health and Children

Community Health Workers – Environmental Health and Children

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The environment is one of the components that can impact our family’s health. Promotores can help families understand the importance of managing their environment by following the topics covered in this training. This course has been designed to be self-directed and should not take more than one hour to complete.


CEUs: 3 contact hours (0.3 Community Health Worker CEUs) certified by the Texas Department of State Health Services awarded upon successful completion



By the end of Environmental Health and Children training, the learner will be able to:

Module 1: Introduction to Environmental Health

  • Define the environment
  • Review the components that affect the health of an individual
  • Describe how children are affected by the environment
  • List the effects of environmental exposure on newborns and young children

Module 2: Environmental Hazards

  • Know the factors that affect how the body reacts to chemicals
  • List the routes of exposure
  • Name the ways that the environment can affect us
  • State some of the recent statistics on the effect of environmental chemicals on children

Module 3: Chemical Hazards that Affect Children

  • List the source of lead exposure and poisoning
  • Identify the effects of lead on children’s health
  • List the sources of pesticides in the environment
  • Describe the different types of pesticides
  • List the different classes of pesticides
  • Name the health effects of pesticides
  • Describe the impact of tobacco smoke on the health of children

Module 4: Protecting Children from Environmental Hazards

  • Learn the causes of asthma
  • Explain how to help children breathe easier
  • List steps to protect children from lead poisoning and toxins
  • Define the results of excessive sun exposure



Capability 1: Community Preparedness

Function 2: Build community partnerships to support health preparedness

Function 3: Engage with community organizations to foster public health, medical, and mental/behavioral health social networks

Function 4: Improve public health surveillance and epidemiological investigation systems



 Model Leadership

1.5 Demonstrate respect for all persons and cultures

Plan for and Improve Practice

3.2 Contribute expertise to the development of emergency plans

3.3 Participate in improving the organization’s capacities (including, but not limited to programs, plans, policies, laws and workforce training).

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