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Airborne Exposures & Health Effects of the BP Oil Spill

Jointly provided by the Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics, the Tulane University School of Public Health & Tropical Medicine's Department of Global Environmental Health Sciences, and the Tulane University Health Sciences Center, Center for Continuing Education

Release Date: June 11, 2014
Date of Last Review: June 20, 2018

Healthcare providers do not receive adequate education in environmental medicine, including on the health effects of exposures to air pollution. There were multiple hazards to workers and volunteers during the BP oil spill clean-up, and healthcare providers may receive questions from their patients about the effects of air-borne contaminants. Providers need the tools to adequately assess their patients for adverse health effects from air-borne exposures during the spill.

The purpose of this enduring material is to increase healthcare provider knowledge and capacity regarding the health effects of exposure to air pollutants during the BP oil spill clean-up.  This 60 minute PowerPoint module uses a case-based approach to review the air-borne hazards during the spill, estimates of exposure to these hazards to workers and volunteers, and the known health effects of the hazards. Learners have the opportunity to problem solve the causality of cases and address the question: did the exposure cause health effects?

TARGET AUDIENCE:  Family Medicine, Primary Care, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, OB/GYN, and other interested physicians and healthcare professionals

At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be better able to …

Predicted Changes in Practice as a result of participating in this activity include the ability to …

This activity may address elements of physician competencies identified by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), the Institute of Medicine (IOM), and the Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC):

ABMS Competencies IOM Competencies IPEC Competencies
Patient Care Provide Patient Centered Care Values and Ethics for Interprofessional Practice
Medical Knowledge Work in Interdisciplinary Teams Roles and Responsibilities
Practice-based Learning & Improvement Employ Evidence-based Practice Interprofessional Communication
Interpersonal Communication Skills Apply Quality Improvement Teams and Teamwork
Professionalism Utilize Informatics  
Systems-based Practice    


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Role in the Activity

Burt Erica Module Director
Epperson Melinda Director, Tulane CME
Kirkland Katherine Co-Activity Director, AOEC
Kleinpeter Myra Chair, Tulane CME Advisory Committee
Krane N. Kevin Vice Dean for Academic Affairs, Tulane SOM       
Lefkowitz Rafael Module Director 
Lichtveld Maureen Co-Activity Director, Tulane SPHTM
Lind Caroline Educ. Eval. & Research Specialist
Redlich Carrie Module Director
Refvem Sarah Program Coordinator, Educ. & Eval., Tulane CCE
Schmidt Pamala Assistant Director, Tulane CME
Sliwinski Roblynn Department Administrator, Tulane CME


To begin the presentation click here.


The Gulf Region Health Outreach Program was developed jointly by BP and the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee as part of the Deepwater Horizon Medical Benefits Class Action Settlement, which was approved by the U.S. District Court in New Orleans on January 11, 2013 and made effective on February 12, 2014.  The Outreach Program is supervised by the court, and is funded with $105 million from the Medical Settlement.