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New playbook helps governments build a strong, equitable environmental health system
Washington, D.C., June 8, 2017 — As a champion and founding partner of the National Environmental Health Partnership Council, the American Public Health Association announces the release of its Environmental Health Playbook: Investing in a Robust Environmental Health System. The playbook presents the case for healthy communities for all.
Environmental health is a fundamental component of a comprehensive public health system. As such, it works to advance policies and programs to reduce chemical and other environmental exposures in air, water, soil and food to protect people and provide communities with healthier environments.
"Everyone — regardless of age, gender, pre-existing conditions, income or other factors — should have the opportunity to achieve the highest possible level of health, which encompasses physical, mental and social well-being," noted Surili Sutaria Patel, MS, senior environmental health program manager in the Center for Public Health Policy at APHA.
Through the Environmental Health Playbook, the NEHPC identifies opportunities for federal, state, local and tribal governments to adopt standard approaches that ensure environmental health equity, protections and access for all — particularly vulnerable and at-risk populations.
Through prevention, response and real-life solutions and case examples — such as the Zika virus outbreak, Flint water crisis, Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Katrina — the playbook demonstrates the need for and way toward an effective, equitable and sustainable environmental health system.
To support this objective and bring the Environmental Health Playbook to life, the NEHPC and APHA will present a live conversation on Investing in a Robust Environmental Health System on June 8, from 1:30–3 p.m. EDT.
APHA champions the health of all people and all communities. We strengthen the public health profession. We speak out for public health issues and policies backed by science. We are the only organization that combines a 145-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.
NEHPC brings together diverse stakeholders to help expand and sustain awareness, education, policies and practices related to environmental health. Learn more about them.