Community Education Specialist

About the Educator

Robert Kanehl, the Community Education Specialist at the Connecticut Poison Control Center, will do presentations and trainings for audiences, coordinate health fairs in the community, and interact with the media. In a typical presentation, find out how to use our free services, when to call, and what information you will need to provide to the health care professionals answering your call. Learn what common household poisons are dangerous to families, how to poison proof your home, and first aid for poisonings.

Presentations/lesson plans can be tailored to individual audiences and cover specialized topics, including but not limited to the following:



  • adults (all ages)
  • mothers-to-be/new moms
  • parents
  • grandparents
  • recent immigrants
  • childcare providers (center-based, home-based)
  • health educators/community educators
  • medical professionals (RNs, EMTs, school nurses)
  • public health
  • teachers, coaches, school staff
  • elderly
  • social workers/home visitors
  • children (pre-k, elementary, middle, high school)


Presentation Topics:

  • standard presentation
  • keeping your family safe from poisons
  • poisoning across the lifespan
  • seasonal poisoning topics
  • poisoning trends – what’s hot in the poison world?
  • inhalants
  • prescription drug abuse
  • prescription opioids
  • over-the-counter drugs
  • medication safety
  • specialized curriculum for: 911 dispatchers, police, EMS/Fire, school nurses, foster/adoptive parents, senior centers and childcare providers

Contact Information

Robert Kanehl, MS
Community Education Specialist
Connecticut Poison Control Center
UConn Health
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-5380
Phone: 860-679-4422
Fax: 860-679-1137
To Order Materials: 860-679-3531