Resources for Health Providers

Cleaning mold from a wall
New Orleans resident searches for salvageable items in her home following Hurricane Katrina. Photo taken on October 23, 2005, New Orleans, LA. FEMA Photo/Andrea Booher

Preventing Respiratory Disease in Patients Exposed to Damp Moldy Environments

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Consider the risk of respiratory illness for patients who encounter mold exposure based on NIH/National Institute of Health and World Health organization reviews
  • Be able to access OSHA/Occupational Safety and Health Administration guidance on respiratory protection, the EPA/US Environmental Protection Agency mold clean up guidances and CDC/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention population guidance on mold
  • Be able to guide patients/public to resources on mold exposure and health and safety during hurricane response and recovery

Target Audience

  • Clinicians in specialties where consideration of environmental factors contributes to the quality of care (e.g. internal medicine, allergy, asthma, disaster medicine, family medicine, occupational and environmental medicine, pulmonary disease, pediatrics).

  • Public health professionals who work with clinicians to reduce environmental risk factors.

  • Others involved in public health response to hurricanes.

Conflict of Interest Policy: All faculty members participating in CME activities provided by the University of Connecticut School of Medicine are required to disclose to the program audience any actual or apparent conflict of interest related to the content of their presentations.  Program planners have an obligation to resolve any actual conflicts of interest and share with the audience any safeguards put in place to prevent commercial bias from influencing the content.

The activity director, planning committee members, nor the speaker, Ms Schenck, has a financial interest/arrangement or affiliation with any organizations that could be perceived as a real or apparent conflict of interest in the context of the subject of this presentation. Ms Schenck will not be discussing the off-labeled use of any product. This CME activity has no commercial support associated with it.

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Provided by:

Paula Schenck, M.P.H.
UConn School of Medicine
Office of Community and Continuing Medical Education and the Center for Indoor Environments and Health

Accreditation: The University of Connecticut School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Connecticut School of Medicine designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Evaluations: Participants are required to complete an electronic evaluation and attain an 80% score on a brief quiz at the end of the Resources for the Provider to Prepare Patients for Damp Buildings with Mold Exposure and Prevent Respiratory Disease course in order to obtain CME Credits. Learners can take the quiz as many times as they like. Once the quiz and evaluation are complete, learners will be able to display and print a certificate to receive 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.