Environmental Health Resources
Community Transformation Grants, one major initiative funded under the Prevention and Public Health Fund, are targeted at addressing the leading causes of chronic diseases to improve the health of Americans and reduce health care costs over the long term. The investments being made are critical to make sure people can take personal responsibility for their health care, outside of the doctor’s office, and allow individual communities to address their greatest health needs. CTGs will benefit more than one in three Americans, approximately 145 million people.
Half of Americans could be obese By 2030...or we could invest in the Prevention Fund. An analysis conducted by the National Heart Forum, based on a peer-reviewed model published last year in The Lancet, estimates that that 50 percent of Americans are on track to be obese in the next 20 years.1 Obesity could even top 60 percent in 13 states. Right now, 36 percent of Americans are obese.
How Can We Prevent & Prepare for Health Issues in a Changing Climate? Climate change is expected to affect the health of all Americans. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as the environment changes, people will be at a higher risk for a range of threats to our health. These effects may include increased heat-related deaths and sickness; risks of respiratory infections, aggravation of asthma, increased allergens, and premature death; an increase in the number of people at risk from disease and injury related to floods, storms, droughts and wildfires; mental health impacts; water shortages and malnutrition; and increased incidence of vector-, food-, and water-borne diseases.
For more than 30 years, the Environmental Health Laboratory of CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH) has been performing biomonitoring measurements--direct measurements of people's exposure to toxic substances in the environment. By analyzing blood, urine and tissues, scientists can now measure actual levels of more than 450 chemicals and nutritional indicators in people's bodies.
Prevention saves lives, reduces health care costs, and makes the country a healthier, more productive place. More than half of Americans live with at least one serious preventable health condition, like diabetes or heart disease, which forces taxpayers to spend billions of dollars a year on health care. And, today’s children are in danger of becoming the first generation in American history to live shorter, less healthy lives than their parents. The Prevention and Public Health Fund enables communities around the country to invest in proven strategies to improve health. That’s why the Fund has the support of more than 760 national, state and local organizations.
Shouldn’t America try to prevent diseases, instead of just treating people after they’re already sick, and it’s often too late? Just three of the reasons why the Prevention Fund is deadly serious.
Just 10 of the reasons why the Prevention Fund is deadly serious.
American Academy of Allegy Asthma and Immunology
An online tool with various information for individuals suffering from asthma or allergies, as well as tools for professionals in the field.
Association of Public Health Laboratories
Public health laboratories serve as scientific first responders, protecting the public from diseases and identifying environmental health hazards.
Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
ASTHO is a nonprofit organization representing the state and territorial public health agencies in the United States, U.S. Territories and the District of Columbia.
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America
The Asthma and Allergy Foundation website offers information about asthma and allergies including education, advocacy and research.
California Environmental Health Tracking Program
The California Environmental Health Tracking Program website works to develop tools and strategies that will provide better and more complete information about the health of Californians and their environment.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention--National Center for Environmental Health
The National Center for Environmental Health strives to promote health and quality of life by preventing or controlling those diseases or deaths that result from interactions between people and their environment.
Community Against Pollution
The Community Against Pollution website is a collection of various websites dedicated to improving all types of pollution, from water pollution to fish pollution.
Coordinating and Integrating Community Prevention, Public Health, and Primary Care: Building an Inventory of Evidence and Developing the Business Case
Over the last several years, a growing consensus has emerged that our health system, to succeed, must commit to an approach that incorporates what has become known as the triple aim: improving the individual experience of care; improving the health of populations; and reducing the per capita costs of care for populations. Through implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and through experiments generated in communities across the nation, policy makers, health systems, and public health officials are all struggling with how to define each element of the triple aim, including what it means to – and how we should go about – improving the health of populations. To that end, the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH), with support from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The California Endowment and the Kresge Foundation, held a convening with key stakeholders designed to move from anecdote to evidence in order to build the business case for integrating and coordinating primary care, public health and community prevention – with the goal of improving population health and reducing health care costs.
Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists
CSTE includes over 1500 public health epidemiologists working in states, local health agencies, and territories. They work to establish more effective relationships among health agencies. Members have expertise in many areas including, but not limited to, occupational health, environmental health, infectious diseases and chronic diseases.
Department of Energy
The Department of Energy's overall mission is to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States; to promote scientific and technological innovation in support of that mission; and to ensure the environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex.
Department of Energy--Environmental Management
The Environmental Management Office oversees environmental health and safety related to energy production, and supports epidemiological research on radiation exposure.
Website with information about environmental hazards in communities. It is searchable at the zip-code level.
EPA--National Center for Environmental Publications
Website that allows access to EPA publications free of charge.
Harvard Medical School's Center for Health and the Global Environment
The Center was founded to expand environmental education at medical schools and to further investigate and promote awareness of the human health consequences of global environmental change.
HHS Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry
The Hazardous Substances Emergency Events Surveillance (HSEES) system was established to collect and analyze data about acute releases of hazardous substances and threatened releases that result in public health actions such as an evacuation. Currently, 14 state health departments participate in HSEES.
National Association of County and City Health Officials
NACCHO supports efforts that protect and improve the health of all people and all communities by promoting national policy, developing resources and programs, seeking health equity, and supporting effective local public health practice and systems.
National Environmental Health Association
NEHA's mission is to advance the environmental health and protection for the purpose of providing a healthful environment for all.
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences
The NIEHS seeks to reduce the burden of human illness and disability, by understanding how the environment influences the development and progression of human disease.
Natural Resources Defense Council
An environmental action organization. It uses law, science and the support of 1.2 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things.
Physicians for Social Responsibility--Environment and Health
PSR's Environment and Health sector focuses on pushing for policies that improve environmental health, such as protecting our food, air and water from toxins, and emphasizing the connections between chronic diseases and environmental factors.
The Prevent Cancer Foundation
The Prevent Cancer Foundation seeks to prevent cancer through funding research, educating people and reaching out to communities.
U.S. National Library of Medicine--Toxmap
Toxmap is a Geographic Information System from the Division of Specialized Information Services of the U.S. National Library of Medicine that uses maps in the United States to help users visually explore data provided from the EPA's Toxic Release Inventory and Superfund Program.
United States Department of Veterans Affairs--Office of Public Health and Environmental Hazards
The Office of Public Health and Environmental Hazards focuses on improving the health of veterans through professionally developed policies relating to surveillance, prevention, treatment, and energetic outreach, with a focus on the unique healthcare needs of special veteran populations, such as women, veterans with AIDS or Hepatitis C, and those exposed to environmental hazards.
USDA Rural Development--Water and Environmental Programs
WEP provides loans, grants and loan guarantees for drinking water, sanitary sewer, solid waste and storm drainage facilities in rural areas and cities and towns of 10,000 or less.
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