Learn how the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Air Quality Program is working to improve air quality in New York City by monitoring the impact of pollutants.
About Environmental Quality
The environment directly affects a person’s health status and plays a major role in quality of life, years of healthy life lived, and overall health disparities. Poor air quality is linked to premature death, cancer, and long-term damage to respiratory and cardiovascular systems. An environment free of hazards—including secondhand smoke, carbon monoxide, allergens, lead, and toxic chemicals—helps prevent disease and other health problems. Decreasing air pollution is an important step in creating a healthy environment.
About Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators
The Leading Health Indicators represent a smaller set of Healthy People 2020 objectives selected to communicate high-priority health issues and actions to help address them. LHIs are used to assess the health of the Nation, facilitate collaboration across sectors, and motivate action to improve the health of the U.S. population.