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Enviro-Mich message from Dave Dempsey <davemec@voyager.net>

Environmental Health Resources from 
Michigan Department of Community Health

The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) offers a library of
environmental health resources for physicians, other health professionals,
and community members.  All materials are free.  Highlighted in the library
is the recently revised Toxic Substances Information Directory and Health
Effects Resource Guide.  The 'Resource Guide' is a quick reference to
Michigan resources concerning health and exposure to environmental
contaminants.  It contains local health department contacts, state
departments of health and environmental quality contacts, Association of
Occupational and Environmental Clinics (AOEC) contacts, Internet and
database resources, and more.  

Other resources of note include the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease
Registry's (ATSDR) Case Studies in Environmental Medicine; MDCH and ATSDR
chemical fact sheets; information on toxic waste sites in your area; and
various environmental health related guides, pamphlets and articles.  

 Case Studies in Environmental Medicine are self instructional monographs
aimed at increasing knowledge of hazardous substances and evaluation of
potentially exposed patients.  Case Studies feature diagnosis, treatment,
and management of acute and chronic exposures to hazardous substances.
Completion of a post test qualifies the reader for free CME credits.  

 Upon request MDCH can provide information on toxic waste sites in your
area, including contaminants of concern and potential exposure pathways
(past and present).  MDCH has a full staff of professionals including a
physician, toxicologist, environmental engineer, and geographic information
specialist for consultation.  

The written resources can be obtained in several ways.  An Environmental
Health Education Materials order form, which contains a complete listing of
all available materials, can be viewed and downloaded at the MDCH web site,
environmental health link, at: http://www.mdch.state.mi.us/pha/envhea/ (or
through the MDCH main page www.mdch.state.mi.us, linked under "Community
Public Health").  Several of the resources including the Toxic Substances
Information Directory and Health Effects Resource Guide can be viewed and
downloaded from the website.  For materials not available directly from the
website, simply complete the form and mail it to the address indicated.
You can call Mike Haars at 1-800-648-6942 to place a phone order or for
more information about MDCH environmental health education resources.  

Dave Dempsey
Policy Director
Michigan Environmental Council
119 Pere Marquette, Suite 2A
Lansing, MI 48912

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