Community Resources

Downloadable Resources Created by the EDGE Center

All of the following resources have been created by the Interdisciplinary Center for Exposures, Diseases, Genomics and Environment (EDGE) and are available to the general public for free download. Some of the materials will still reference our old name, the Center for Ecogenetics and Environmental Health (CEEH). The Center changed its name in July 2016 with the renewal of our grant from NIEHS. If you have questions about any of the resources listed here, please contact Marilyn Hair (marhair@uw.edu), 206-685-8244

Additional EDGE resources that might be useful in a classroom setting are available from our Educator Resources page.

Title

Format (Date)

Description

File Info

Asian and Pacific Islander Seafood Consumption Study Publication (1999) An EPA-funded study conducted by the EDGE Outreach Core. (75 pages) View/Download the PDF (270 KB)
CASE STUDIES: Environmental Health & Ethics Handout (2012) A one-page handout with three case studies to accompany short videos available online. The handout summarizes the cases and provides follow-up questions for group discussion. View/Download the PDF (55 KB)
CASE STUDIES: Pregnancy, Prescriptions, and Pharmacodynamics Handout (2008) A one-page handout that provides two brief case studies about pregnant women and prescription drug use, one related to diabetes and one to cancer. The handout also includes a set of discussion questions. View/Download the PDF (194 KB)
Duwamish River Self-Guided Bike Tour Map Handout (2012) A one-page self-guided bike tour of Lower Duwamish Waterway sites and neighborhoods (Georgetown and South Park). Includes a full-page annotated map and turn-by-turn directions for this family-friendly, 7.5 mile ride. View/Download the PDF (55 KB)
FAST FACTS: Biobanking Handout (2012)

A two-sided handout developed for a Public Health Café. It is aimed at a general audience and provides a brief description of biobanks, some examples of ethical issues raised by biobanks, some real-life examples of biobanking challenges, questions for discussion, and a list of links where you can learn more.

View/Download the PDF (403 KB)
FAST FACTS: Decolonizing Autonomy Handout (2013) A two-sided handout developed as part of our Native TEACH Project. The primary audience for this information is indigenous and non-indigenous researchers working with tribal communities, academic institutions, research organizations, and agencies. It is also intended for tribal leaders and members of tribal communities working with non-indigenous researchers. View/Download the PDF (317 KB)
FAST FACTS: Electronic Cigarettes Handout (2016) This two-sided double-sided factsheet describes electronic cigarettes and their use with "e-liquids" that contain nicotine, or repurposed to vape hash oil, THC distilled from marijuana. The factsheet discusses whether vaping is safe, what is known and not known about the ingredients in e-liquids, inhaling the vapor, and FDA regulation. The factsheet discusses e-cigarette explosions and raises the question: Do e-cigarettes help smokers quit or help non-smokers start? Includes links to learn more. View/Download the PDF (961 KB)
FAST FACTS: Epigenetics Handout (2011) A two-sided handout developed for a Public Health Café. It is aimed at a general audience and provides a brief description of the science of epigenetics, some examples from current research, things you can do to protect your health, and a list of links where you can learn more. View/Download the PDF (538 KB)
FAST FACTS: Fat Soluble Vitamins Handout (2015) A two-sided handout developed for a research project. It is aimed at a general audience and provides a brief description of the science of fat-soluble vitamins, some examples from current research, things you can do to protect your health, and a list of links where you can learn more. View/Download the PDF (851 KB)
FAST FACTS: Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) Handout (2013) A two-sided handout developed for a Public Health Café. It is aimed at a general audience and provides a brief description of the science behind GMOs, issues related to regulation of GMOs, and a list of links where you can learn more. View/Download the PDF (299 KB)
FAST FACTS: Genetically Modified Salmon Handout (2016) A two-sided handout, part of an ATHENA Project Health lesson for high school students. This factsheet is about Genetically Modified Salmon, the first GM animal, which was approved for sale by the FDA in 2015. Discusses the genetic change in these Atlantic salmon, how they are grown, GMO labeling, benefits and risks, and offers ethical questions and further resources. View/Download the PDF (4.5 MB)
FAST FACTS: Health Effects of Air Pollution Handout (2012) A two-sided handout developed for a Public Health Café. It is aimed at a general audience and provides a brief description of the science behind the health effects of air pollution, suggestions about what we can do to protect ourselves, an ethical take on the issue, questions for discussion, and a list of links where you can go to learn more. View/Download the PDF (1 MB)
FAST FACTS: Health Effects of Pesticides in Food Handout (2012) A two-sided handout developed for a Public Health Café. It is aimed at a general audience and provides a brief description of the science of pesticide use, some examples from current research, things you can do to protect your health, and a list of links where you can learn more. This Fact Sheet is also available in Spanish.

View/Download the PDF (1 MB)

Spanish Version
View/Download the PDF (1 MB)

FAST FACTS: How to Protect Yourself from Wildfire Smoke Handout (2014) A two-sided handout developed in response to community concern during and following the Carlton Complex wildfire in Okanogan County eastern Washington in August, 2014. It is aimed for a public audience and for people who, because of age or health conditions are more susceptible to the health effects of smoke. Includes a list of strategies to protect yourself from wildfire smoke and re-suspended ash as well as links to more information. View/Download the PDF (279 KB)
FAST FACTS: The Human Microbiome Handout (2014) A two-sided handout developed for a Public Health Café. It is aimed at a general audience and provides a brief description of the science behind the human microbiome, some examples of from current research, some "food for thought" questions, and a list of links where you can go to learn more. View/Download the PDF (343 KB)
FAST FACTS: Lyme Disease in Washington State Handout (2014) A two-sided handout aimed at a general audience that provides a brief description of the prevalence, symptoms, and treatment of Lyme Disease. Includes a list of links where you can go to learn more. View/Download the PDF (839 KB)
FAST FACTS: Nanotechnology & Nanotoxicology Handout (2013) A two-sided handout that defines relevant terms, highlights some of the regulations, risks, and benefits related to nanotechnology, and includes a list of links and resources. View/Download the PDF (499 KB)
FAST FACTS: Ports, Movement of Goods, and Community Health Handout (2009) A one-page handout that provides information for a general audience about activities at ports in Seattle and around the U.S. and how they might impact public health. The handout also includes short descriptions of EDGE research related to ports and movement of goods, as well as a list of ways to get involved and be part of the solution to this growing problem. View/Download the PDF (569 KB)
FAST FACTS: Pregnancy, Prescriptions, and Pharmacodynamics Handout (2008) A one-page handout that provides information for a general audience about the use of prescription drugs during pregnancy, how the FDA classification system works, how well pregnant women are currently being protected, and includes a list of links and resources. View/Download the PDF (206 KB)
FAST FACTS: Protecting Your Skin from UV Exposure

Handout (2016)

A two-sided handout with information about ultraviolet light, Vitamin D, SPF, nanoparticles in sunscreen, benefits and risks of exposure to UV and of using sunscreen, and ways to protect your skin. Includes links and resources. This factsheet is part of the ATHENA Environmental Health Lesson, Sunscreen & UV Radiation that is posted on this website under Engagement > Educator Resources.

View/Download the PDF (305 KB)   
FAST FACTS: The Quantified Self: Sharing your Data for Environmental Health Research Handout (2014) A two-sided handout designed for a Public Health Café. It introduces the topic of crowdsourcing health data. Examples of studies and organizations that use quantified self data are introduced. View/Download the PDF (588 KB)
FAST FACTS: Responsible Research Partnerships with Indigenous Communities Handout (2013) A two-sided handout developed as part of our Native TEACH Project. The primary audience for this information is indigenous and non-indigenous researchers working with tribal communities, academic institutions, research organizations, and agencies. The Fact Sheet provides an overview of some of the ways in which we can collectively move forward towards ethical and equitable research partnerships between Western scientists and Indigenous communities. View/Download the PDF (509 KB)
FAST FACTS: Seafood Safety in Puget Sound Handout (2012) A one-page handout developed for a Public Health Café. It is aimed at a general audience and provides a brief description of the issues surrounding seafood safety, the various agencies involved and what they're doing to address the issue, some questions for discussion, and a list of links where you can go to learn more. This Fact Sheet is also available in Spanish.

View/Download the PDF (509 KB)

Spanish Version
View/Download the PDF (509 KB)

 

FAST FACTS: Where Research Begins with American Indians/Alaska Natives

Handout (2017)

 

The primary audience for this document is researchers who wish to work with tribes or urban American Indians / Alaska Natives (AI/ANs). These fast facts are intended to introduce investigators to indigenous ways of thinking and ensure that the research has value to the participants and their communities. Rather than a checklist, this document is intended as an overview.
View/Download the PDF (790 KB)
FOCUS ON ECOGENETICS #1: The PON1 Enzyme and Susceptibility to Toxicity from Exposure to Organophosphate Pesticides Flyer (2012) The first installment in our Focus on Ecogenetics series, this one-page flyer provides a summary of the EDGE research related to genetic susceptibility to pesticides. The flyer also explores related ethical issues and provides references and a glossary of terms. View/Download the PDF (1.6 MB)
FOCUS ON ECOGENETICS #2: UW Researchers Find Eating Broccoli May Protect Against Cancer Flyer (2012) Part of our Focus on Ecogenetics series, this one-page flyer provides a summary of the EDGE research related to phytochemicals and cancer. The flyer also explores related ethical issues and provides references and a glossary of terms. View/Download the PDF (821 KB)
Food, the Environment, and Human Health: A Visual Communication Tool Handout (2014) A two-sided, legal-paper-sized handout, this visual concept map is the product of a brainstorming activity with the Center’s 17-member Community Advisory Board (CAB). It can be used to facilitate conversations related to food and environmental health in a variety of contexts. View/Download the PDF (310 KB)
Genetics & Epigenetics Poster (2011) An 8.5" by 11" poster that provides a simple explanation of the difference between genetics and epigenetics. View/Download the PDF (122 KB)
What is Environmental Health?
(8.5" by 11")
Poster (2012) A poster featuring our EH Venn diagram that visually represents the relationship between environment, genes, choices and health. Available in two sizes. View/Download the PDF (4.7 MB)

Useful Links to Outside Resources

America's Children and the Environment (ACE). This section of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) web site is a great place to learn about the unique challenges children and pregnant women face from environmental hazards.

ATSDR A-Z Index. Created and maintained by the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), this site is a great place to start learning about specific toxic substances.

The Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE) is a non-profit coalition of individual and organizations working to advance knowledge and actions to address the threats posed to human health by environmental factors. The site includes an extensive list of environmental health links and resources, as well as a blog.

Environmental Health News is an excellent portal to current news stories and research results related environmental health. It is a great site to make your home page and get the latest news everyday - all from one site! Or you can choose to subscribe to the daily e-newsletter Above the Fold and have the headlines delivered directly to your inbox every morning.

Environmental Health Perspectives. NIEHS' peer-reviewed journal of environmental health research. You can browse and articles, and read featured stories right on the home page.

Environmental Justice/Environmental Racism pages. EJ-net has created and maintains this site as a clearinghouse and portal to resources related to environmental justice and the struggle to give everyone access to a clean environment that doesn't harm human health.

The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). This is a great place to go to learn about what environmental health research is getting funded in your area. You can also download fact sheets about specific chemicals or topics. The Environmental Health Topics page is particularly resource rich and a good place to explore.

"People Matter" is a video and social media campaign aimed at raising researchers' awareness of the value of honoring and protecting the concerns and rights of people involved in research studies. The videos are being produced as part of a collaboration between the EDGE Community Outreach and Ethics Core and other research centers on the UW campus.

Tox Town, by the National Library of Medicine (NLM). This site is an awesome, interactive tool to learn about environmental health and toxic chemicals you might encounter in everyday life. You can choose to explore a town, city, US-Mexico border, farm, or port to learn about suburban, urban, rural, border, and coastal health risks. The entire site is also available in Spanish.

Toxipedia is a smart, cutting-edge resource for all things toxicology and environmental health related. Set up as a "wiki," it strives to "present scientific information in a clear and compelling way and to empower people to make choices that protect their own health and the health of families, communities, and the environment." The site offers articles and resources about toxic chemicals, diseases, regulations, consumer products, ethical issues, the history of toxicology, and more.

TOXMAP: Environmental Health e-Maps. Also produced by the National Library of Medicine, this interactive mapping site lets you enter an address or zip code and see a map showing all the Superfund sites and industries that report releases of toxic substances in that area. The site uses data from the EPA's Toxic Release Inventory (TRI) program and Superfund National Priorities List (NPL) to populate the maps, making them up-to-date and reliable.

The Washington Toxics Coaltion website offers more local information for Washington State educators. This non-profit group works to protect public health and the environment by eliminating toxic pollution. Their site includes updates on legislative action, ways to get involved, and a blog.

The World Health Organization's Environmental Health Page is a great place to access resources such as fact sheets and multimedia presentations for a more global perspective. These pages are also available in Spanish and several other languages.