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Airborne Hazards and Burn Pits Center of Excellence Education

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Airborne Hazards and Burn Pits Center of Excellence

An important part of our work at the Airborne Hazards and Burn Pits Center of Excellence is to develop best practices and to disseminate education about airborne hazard exposures—for Veterans, their families and their health care providers.

Providing Valuable Education to Veterans

Many Veterans are concerned about exposure to airborne hazards and burn pits. Veterans want their health care providers to know about the various exposures and implications for their health, including what the VA is doing to address airborne hazard concerns.

To understand Veteran concerns and what information Veterans need and want, we held a series of "Listening Sessions" with Veterans throughout the country. This information, along with feedback and questions we get from Veterans during their specialized clinical assessment, is used to guide our education efforts.

To provide Veterans, the health care community and academic researchers with the most up-to-date information regarding airborne hazards and possible deployment-related health concerns, we regularly develop educational products such as fact sheets, various webinars and Veteran education classes throughout the year.

Veteran Education Events:


Airborne Hazards and Burn Pits: What Your Need to Know


Discusses 1) deployment-related airborne hazards and their identification and potential health concerns; 2) medical surveillance and health effects; and 3)health education.

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Featured Fact Sheet

We developed this fact sheet in partnership with the American Thoracic Society to help Veterans learn about military burn pits and the health effects associated with exposure.

Patient Education Information Series: Military Burn Pits

Knowledge for VA and Community Providers

We know Veterans expect their health care providers to have the level of knowledge necessary to support their evaluation and care. Some have expressed frustration that they often have to educate their providers at VA and in the community. To best support provider education and knowledge, we develop educational products in a variety of formats on emerging science and clinical best practices for providers within the VA, Department of Defense and the community. Using podcasts, webinars, on-demand education and other channels allows us to reach as many providers as possible, giving them the information they need to provide the best care to their Veteran patients.

The Center has collaborated with experts in Veteran care to develop a toolkit with new clinical decision guides for Deployment-Related Respiratory Disease, or DRRD. If you are a provider that sees Veteran patients with airborne hazard related exposure concerns, click below to access the toolkit.

To request a physical copy of the toolkit please email us at:

E-Learning Modules:


Assessing Deployment Related
Environmental Exposures (1.5 CEUs)

Intends to increase clinician knowledge and to inform learners about how to recognize the role and importance of deployment related exposure assessment, identify steps for determining deployment related environmental exposures, provide available post deployment health resources, and describe approaches to communicating deployment related exposure issues to Veterans, their caregivers, and their family members.

Register on TRAIN ID: 1070234
Register on TMS ID: 33195

Airborne Hazards (1.5 CEUs)

Provides clinicians with the knowledge needed to identify and understand deployment-related airborne hazards concerns of Veterans. This module is part of the American College of Preventative Medicine’s (ACPM) new Level I Military Environmental Exposures Certificate. Learn more here.

Register on TRAIN ID: 1070422
Register on TMS ID: 33405

Webinar Series:

Title Description Webinar ID
Respiratory Issues of Returning Combat Veterans This webinar increases provider knowledge and expands clinical care best practice awareness on Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit (AHOBPR) and its questionnaire. Listen on TRAIN
ID: 1098250
Listen on TMS
ID: 44408
The Airborne Hazards & Open Burn Pit Registry Follow-up Exam: What We've Learned This intermediate level webinar focuses on Airborne Hazards & Open Burn Pit Registry (AHOBPR), clinical exams and more advanced evaluations through the Airborne Hazards and Burn Pits Center of Excellence (AHBPCE) Listen on TRAIN
ID: 1098312
Listen on TMS
ID: 43714
Institutional Betrayal & Courage in Addressing Veteran Exposure Concerns This webinar provides information and knowledge on the concepts of moral injury, institutional betrayal, and institutional courage as applied to exposure concerns and the health care of Veterans to help providers respond to institutional concerns in a way that builds rapport and promotes institutional courage. Listen on TRAIN
ID: 1096883
Listen on TMS
ID: 43373

Other Upcoming Events:

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WRIISC-HOME Is it Exposure-Related? Evidence informed clinical decision making (Intermediate)

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WRIISC-HOME Burn Pit Effluents, Chemistry, Inhaled Particles, Pathways to the Brain (Intermediate)


Featured Fact Sheet

We created this fact sheet to give both VA and community health care providers the information they need to know about health effects related to airborne hazard exposure.

Airborne Hazards: What Do Providers Need to Know?