National Environmental Health Partnership Council

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group of people smilingAPHA is a champion and founding partner of the National Environmental Health Partnership Council. The Council strives to support healthy people by working for healthier environments. And the Council brings together diverse stakeholders to help expand and sustain awareness, education, policies and practices related to environmental health.

The Council strives to:

  1. Build a collective voice in support of priority environmental health issues.
  2. Foster and coordinate activities to advance environmental health.
  3. Communicate new information and research to support better and more effective environmental health programs, practices and policies.
  4. Promote ways to leverage current and future resources to maximize the impact of environmental health activities.
  5. Generate momentum and build greater public awareness of the role that environmental health plays in sustaining and promoting human health.

Council Co-Chairs: Amanda Reddy, National Center for Healthy Housing and Nsedu Obot Witherspoon, Children's Environmental Health Network

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The Council, with support from CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, recently announced the three recipients of its Advancing Environmental Justice through Technical Assistance Mini-Grants program. The program supports community-based organizations working to advance environmental justice. Grantees will receive technical assistance and $10,000 grants. The grantees:


Achieving Environmental Justice in the 21st Century: The Way Forward (recorded webinar)

Investing in a Robust Environmental Health System (recorded webinar)

The Value of Environmental Health Services (recorded webinar)


Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments
Kate Huffling
Executive Director

American Lung Association
Laura Kate  Bender
National Assistant Vice President, Healthy Air

American Public Health Association

American Public Health Association Environment Section
Jeni Miller
APHA Environment Section Chair

Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs
Chuck Treser
Interim Executive Director

Association of Public Health Laboratories
Julianne Nassif
Director, Environmental Health

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
Meredith Allen
Vice President, Health Security

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials — State Environmental Health Directors

Children’s Environmental Health Network
Nsedu Obot Witherspoon (Co-Chair)
Executive Director

Environmental Defense Fund
Tom Neltner
Chemicals Policy Director

Health & Environmental Funders Network
Ansje Miller
Executive Director

National Association of County & City Health Officials
Jennifer Li
Senior Advisor, Programs

National Center for Healthy Housing
Amanda Reddy (Co-Chair)
Executive Director

National Conference of State Legislatures

National Environmental Health Association
Doug Farquhar
Government Affairs Director

Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units
Maida Galvez
Region 2 Director
Professor, Preventive Medicine, and Pediatrics, The Mount Sinai Hospital

Trust for America’s Health
Kevin McIntyre 
Associate Government Relations Manager

WE ACT for Environmental Justice
Kerene Tayloe
Director of Federal Legislative Affairs

Adrienne Hollis (Special Advisor)
Lead Climate Justice Analyst, Union of Concerned Scientists

Leyla McCurdy (Special Advisor)
Environmental Health Consultant

Laura Anderko (Special Advisor)
Associate Professor, Robert & Kathleen Scanlon Endowed Chair in Values Based Health Care, Georgetown University

Richard Jackson (Special Advisor)
Professor, Environmental Health Sciences (Ret.), University of California, Los Angeles

Suzanne Condon (Special Advisor)
Assistant Commissioner for Health (Ret.), Massachusetts Department of Public Health


Environmental Health Playbook: Investing in a Robust Environmental Health System

Explore this report from the National Environmental Public Health Partnership Council that makes the case for healthy environments for all across the United States.

Environmental Health Playbook

Download the entire report (PDF)

View the recorded webinar

Case Examples (PDF): Zika Virus / Flint Water Crisis / Hurricane Katrina and Superstorm Sandy

Chapters (PDF): Safe Drinking Water / Clean Air / Vector Control / Food SafetyChemical Safety / Community Design / Healthy Housing / Climate Effects / Emergency Preparedness / Environmental EquityOpportunities for Action 

Download the report fact sheet (PDF)


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Investing in health and the environment saves lives, saves money

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The Value of Environmental Health Services

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