Topic Committees

Building Healthy Communities — engages members who are interested in promoting healthy, equitable, sustainable, and resilient communities; and, supporting, protecting, and valuing the benefits of access to the natural environment for all
Co-chairs: Leigh Anne Krometis & Myra Tetteh

Chemicals & Health (National Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposures) — engages members in activities to track progress being made on recommendations that came out of the National Conversation on Public Health and Chemical Exposures project
Co-chairs: Tyler Smith & Trish Koman

Children's Environmental Health — increases awareness and promotes collaborative efforts aimed at reducing environmental risks to children’s health in areas where they live, learn, and play
Co-chairs: Leyla McCurdy & Patricia Lasley

Climate Change & Health — connects professionals from diverse backgrounds, communicates climate change and health policy development, and supports climate change and health activities and policies aimed at effective preventive strategies
Co-chairs: Denise Patel & Michael Schmeltz

Environmental Justice — works on environmental justice issues in underserved communities and organizes community outreach at the APHA Annual Meeting
Co-chairs: Natalie Sampson & Charles Lee

Food & Environment — the joint committee with the Food and Nutrition Section, the Food and Environment Committee, known as the Food and Environment Working Group, works at the intersection of environment and food/nutrition issues to protect public health by promoting and cultivating a safe, healthy, just and sustainable food system. This includes working on local, state and federal food and agriculture policy
Co-chairs: Sarah Reinhardt & Carolyn Hricko

Long-term Impact of Natural Disasters — studies the consequences of natural disasters and advocates for those affected by these events
Co-chair: Charles Cange

Noise & Health — examines the intersection of noise and health
Co-chairs: Jeanine Botta & Lucy Weinstein 

Water & Health — examines the intersection of water and health
Co-chairs: Azizur Molla & Asli Aslan 

General Committees

Program Planning — develops an exciting scientific program for the APHA Annual Meeting. Creates a call for abstracts, establishes a review committee, facilitates the review of full session proposals and individual abstracts, and organizes sessions representing the environment section's priorities
Co-chairs: Michelle Martin & Raquel Silva

Policy - organizes the Environment Section's policy initiatives and navigates the APHA policy proposal system
Co-chair: Susan Kaplan

Awards - coordinates special recognition and awards from the section to deserving practitioners
Co-chair: Kacee Deener

Nominations — coordinates elections of Section Councilors and Governing Councilors
Co-chair: Megan Latshaw

Communication — informs members about activities happening in the Environment Section
Communications Chair, Connect Moderator, Website Maintenance, Social Media: Niru Murali 

Membership — focused on membership recruitment and retention
Co-chair: Yolanda Sanchez

Treasurer and Fundraiser — manages the Section's finances
Co-chair: Leah Romeo

Student Involvement — this committee is comprised of faculty/staff of accredited schools and programs in public health as well as recent alumni and current students at the master's and doctoral levels. The committee coordinates student involvement in the Section and at the APHA Annual Meeting.
Co-chair: Ketki Patel


Liaison to Action Board — JR Denson

Liaison to Science Board — Paul Locke

Liaison to the Student Assembly — Helena Berlin