Environmental Health

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Environmental health is the assessment and control of the upstream factors that influence everyone’s health downstream. Environmental health work ensures that both natural and man-made environments are safe so what flows downstream does not harm our health.

We work with partners and members, including the Environment Section of APHA, to make sure all Americans, no matter where they live, have access to healthy environments.

This short film about environmental health was produced in 2011 in celebration of the APHA Environment Section’s 100-year anniversary. The film provides a snapshot of early environmental health conditions, successes in changing the environmental health landscape and challenges that lie ahead of us.

We bring national attention to environmental health issues and promote sound policy that protects the health, well-being and quality of life of the public in all communities across the country. To support environmental health work, we develop targeted educational messages that highlight the connection between healthy communities and healthy people.

We use science-based policies developed by members as the foundation for our work on the following focus areas:

Strengthening the active transportation movement through data (PDF)

APHA believes in the power of data and creating change through data to create healthier communities for all. This is one of the many reasons we are working with the Institute of Transportation Engineers to make the Bicycling and Walking in the United States: 2016 Benchmarking Report more accessible and user-friendly by creating an online portal. Review our RFP (PDF) to learn more about the project and working with us. Applications are due May 31, 2016 at 5 p.m. EDT.

For more information about the environmental health body of work, contact us.

Environmental Health Toolkit

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