Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute

Public Education and Risk Communication

The goals of the Public Education and Risk Communication (PERC) Division are to advance the environmental health literacy of K-12th grade youth and educators; to assist communities in identifying and addressing environmental health issues of concern, and to provide professionals with training courses that address environmental and occupational health issues. It also serves as a community outreach arm of our NIEHS Environmental Health Sciences Center. Division activities include the development and dissemination of curricular materials and resources that translate leading scientific research into comprehensive lessons and activities through teacher training programs conducted by its Resource Center; training professionals engaged in occupational safety and health activities both on-site at the Centers for Education and Training and at host facilities worldwide; and coordinating and evaluating community projects, including community forums and focus groups. PERC initiatives are supported by multiple corporate, foundation and government funding sources.