APHA and WK Kellogg Foundation investigate environmental health nationwide

Date: Jul 27 2016

APHA, W.K. Kellogg Foundation to investigate environmental health in all 50 states

Contact Daniel Greenberg, 202-777-3913

Washington, D.C., July 27, 2016 — The American Public Health Association announced funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to examine environmental public health systems in all 50 U.S. states, specifically for children vulnerable to toxic health conditions.

APHA will scan the environmental public health systems in all 50 states to gain an understanding of ways they respond to the needs of young children. The project presents an opportunity to identify gaps in existing policies and services, formulate policy recommendations, contribute to codifying best practices and develop advocacy strategies. Additionally, APHA will speak with select communities to conduct a deeper examination of the environmental public health system’s ability to respond to a community concern.

APHA, through its Center for Public Health Policy, is focusing on children ages 0-8 and/or living in poverty and communities of color — groups which are most vulnerable to environmental health hazards such as toxic chemical exposures.

“We can’t accomplish our goal of creating the healthiest nation if we don’t allow our children to grow up in a healthy natural environment,” said Terri D. Wright, PhD, MPH, director of APHA’s Center for Public Health Policy. “By taking a hard look at the environment every state, we can pinpoint gaps in our current system, target our approach to fit the specific needs of different communities and create better environmental health practices nationwide.”

Visit APHA’s "Environmental Public Health Systems: Protecting the Health of our Children" project summary for more information.


The American Public Health Association champions the health of all people and all communities. We strengthen the profession of public health, share the latest research and information, promote best practices and advocate for public health issues and policies grounded in research. We are the only organization that combines a 140-plus year perspective, a broad-based member community and the ability to influence federal policy to improve the public’s health. Visit us at www.apha.org.

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.

The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Mich., and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes. Special emphasis is paid to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit www.wkkf.org.