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Introduction to Epidemiology (CDC): An overview of epidemiology investigations, methods, and data collection. Materials include a PowerPoint presentation, eLearning courses, and a webinar presentation.

Introduction to Public Health (CDC): An overview of public health core functions and essential services. Materials include a PowerPoint presentation, eLearning courses, and a webinar presentation.

Public Health 101- How the U.S. Public Health System Works (Security and Sustainability Forum): A webinar where panelists discuss how the US public health system works at national, state, and local levels and the 10 essential services of public health.

“Why should I trust that new health study?”- A podcast by the Society for Epidemiology, An episode outlining why epidemiologists are trusted sources of information and how to actually digest the information they give the general public.

Interactive Game: Join the Epidemic Intelligence Service and become a disease detective. An interactive game created by the CDC that allows players to track disease and determine precautions to take to protect society

DEC Resources

PM 2.5 Information from the DEC: The DEC’s PM 2.5 definition, explanation on the health effects caused by PM2.5, the air monitoring location information, and the context of PM2.5 monitoring. The current values that the air monitoring location is giving can be seen below.

Known DEC Superfund Sites: The DECinfo locator allows the user to toggle on and off different layers of information such as the remediation sites under Environmental clean up and the air monitoring sites. On this the site codes and link to database can be found from the superfund sites when the location is clicked on.

Environmental Remediation Database: This page brings the user to three different database search options which are the following: Spill Incidents Database search, Environmental site Remediation database search, and Bulk storage database search. These can be used to find the site codes for a given industry.

Site Classifications: Gives a complete definition of the different classification codes for registry and non-registry sites. Along with going into detail about what each classification means, this link details the threat to public health and environment.

DEC Index of Site Codes: On this site all of the online documents for each DEC site can be found. This will include remediation plans, any data that has been digitized, and other relevant documents attached to site code. This does not include every document related to the site code.

Foil Requests: On this page there is the question and answer for a FOIL, the location on where to submit a FOIL request, and the location to view the FOIL request already submitted.

EPA Resources

PM2.5 Information from the EPA: The EPA’s definition of PM2.5, its effects and how to reduce particle pollution/exposure.

EPA search site: This link brings the user to the EPA’s search site where definitions of terms can be searched. Depending on the term multiple different definitions can be found here from several sources.

Superfund Remedial Investigation Study: Search site to EPA reports on different remediation sites.

Environmental Properties search: EPA search link which allows for the user to search properties. Although this website has worked in the past, currently it is unable to locate known remediation site properties’ documents.

Other Additional Resources

Air monitoring Website: Air monitoring website that shows the locations and current values that the station is measuring.

Office of Environmental Remediation: Describes step by step Remediation process and how to apply.

Relevant Previous Studies in Western New York

Tonawanda Community Air Quality Study (NY DEC): A year long community air quality monitoring study to evaluate public health risks from pollutant concentration exposures.

Tonawanda Study Area: Health Outcomes Review (NY DOH) A health outcomes review on potential health effects from emission exposures from local industries and vehicle traffic.

Understanding Coke Oven Pollutants

Coke Oven Pollution (NIH): Outline of what coke emissions are, impact of exposure, and how exposure can be reduced.

Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry: A searchable database of individual toxics substances and health effects of exposure.

Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs) General information about HAPs and the Clean Air Act, which requires the EPA to regulate toxic air pollutants from categories of industrial facilities.

Understanding the Health Risk from Toxic Air Pollution

Risk Assessment for Toxic Air Pollution: A Citizen's Guide Overview of what toxic air pollution is, related health risks, and risk assessment.

Evaluating Exposures to Toxic Air Pollutants: A Citizen's Guide Overview of which toxic air pollutants are of most concern and how to asses one's exposure.

Air Pollution and Health Risk: Overview of how we determine risk and put risk into persepctive.

AirNow: Check local air quality and find air monitors near you.

Air Quality Index (AQI) Report: Reports that show the overall air quality of a region within a year by considering all criteria air pollutants. Useful information for this resource: about AQI reports and how to interpret an AQI report, about criteria air pollutants.

Environmental Public Health Tracking at County Level: An easy to use CDC tool that gives statistics and great graphics on topics such as asthma, smoking, built environment, and other health topics for your home county.

Environmental Public Health Tracking Map Tool: A CDC tool for creating maps of different environment and environmental health indicators including air quality, childhood cancers, radon, and lifestyle risk factors.

Environmental Justice Screening and Mapping Tool: Allows users to generate maps to search for demographic and environmental information.

Risk Screening Environmental Indicators: A model to explore data on releases of toxic substances from industrial facilities.

Toxics Release Inventory (TRI): A program thattracks the industrial management of toxic chemicals.

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