Committee on Injury Prevention and Environmental Health

The Committee on Injury Prevention and Environmental Health reviews and monitors current statistics due to injuries in children and adolescents; assists in programs and projects that address injury and environmental health hazards in Texas; and plans educational activities for Texas physicians.

Our Vision

Children in Texas will live in a safe and healthy environment and  be protected from injuries.

Our Mission

The Committee on Injury Prevention and Environmental Health will monitor pediatric injury statistics and environmental health data for the state of Texas, identify dangers to the health and possible avenues for action, and endeavor to educate and empower Texas physicians to advocate for the health and safety of children. The Committee will support and develop programs and projects that advance the environmental health and safety of children.

Committee Chairs: Tracy McCallin, MD & Rohit Shenoi, MD

Committee Inspired Projects:
Provider Drowning Prevention MOC Project

Committee News & Announcements
The Texas Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP) is an electronic database used to collect and monitor prescription data for all Schedule II, III, IV, and V controlled substances with the purpose of providing better patient care. The PMP provides a way to monitor patient prescription history for practitioners in addition to the ordering of Schedule II Texas Official Prescription Forms. Currently, pharmacists and prescribers are encouraged to check the PMP to help eliminate duplicate and overprescribing of controlled substances, as well as to obtain critical controlled substance history information for their patients. Beginning September 1, 2019, ALL pharmacists and prescribers will be required to check the patient’s PMP history before dispensing or prescribing opioids, benzodiazepines, barbiturates, or carisoprodol.

The committee is encouraging all TPS members to visit https://texas.pmpaware.net/ to register for an account and become familiar with the system prior to the September 2019 deadline. 

Suggested Links

Injury Prevention
National Action Plan for Child Injury Prevention (webinar)-The Chlidren's Safety Network
Consumer Product Safety Alert: Crib Sheets - U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Crib Safety Tips (English, Spanish) U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Lead Guidelines-Centers for Disease Control (PDF version)
Motor Vehicle Safety for Infants and Children: A Position Statement - Texas State Child Fatality Review Team
Pediatricians Against Violence Everywhere (P.A.V.E.)-AAP Section on Medical Students, Residents, and Fellowship Trainees Advocacy Webpage

Environmental Health

Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU)Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit (PEHSU)-The PEHSU National Classroom has over 70 eLearning modules (case studies, webinars, journal club, grand rounds) on a wide variety of topics, some offering CE credits.  Registration is required to access but there is no fee.  The website also offers other resources, including fact sheets, for health providers as well as for the general public.
Southwest Center for Pediatric Environmental Health - Texas' regional Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Unit
AAP Environmental Health ECHO program-Offers interactive webinar sessions with an environmental health expert which includes a talk, followed by a case presentation and open discussion.
Poisonings in Texas-Texas Department of State Health Services-Grand Rounds

Safe Sleep
Safe Sleep for Infants: A Position Paper - Texas State Child Fatality Review Team Committee
Safe Sleep: A Parents Guide - American Academy of Pediatrics

Water Safety
Water Safety for Children: A Position Statement TX Department of State Health Services-Texas State Child Fatality Review Team
Drowning Prevention Resources for Pediatricians- Texas Drowning Prevention Alliance
Pool Dangers and Drowning Prevention―When It’s Not Swimming Time