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Environmental Health

APHA brings national attention to environmental health issues, with a focus on environmental justice, lead contamination, water equity and climate change.

Join us in promoting sensible environmental health policies that foster safe, thriving communities.

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What is environmental health?

Environmental health centers on the relationships between people and their environment.

When people are exposed to hazards like polluted air and lead in their drinking water, they can develop serious conditions, such as asthma, heart disease, cancer and dementia.

Black, Indigenous and People of Color and low-wealth communities are disproportionately burdened by environmental health hazards, systemic and structural racism and disinvestment, negatively impacting their health and well-being.

The environmental health field advances policies and programs that reduce chemical and other environmental exposures in air, water, soil and food.

A key part of any comprehensive public health system, environmental health ensures everyone has a safe place to live, learn, work and play.

How does environment affect our health?



Our Work

We collaborate with partners and members, including APHA's Environment Section, to center equity and environmental justice to support, engage and lift up evidence-based solutions and best practices to creating environments where all communities can live, play, learn and thrive.

Learn more and get involved on these key topics: 

Children's Environmental HealthClimate Change

Environmental JusticeLead Contamination

National Council for Environmental Health & Equity


Contact Us

For more information about our environmental health work, contact Kate Robb or .


Additional Resources

Building an Understanding of Environmental Health

This communications toolkit, funded by CDC's National Center for Environmental Health, addresses the need for effective outreach and advocacy and aims to redefine and reinvigorate the public conversation around environmental health.

Healthy Community Design

Conversation guides (PDF) highlighting successful cross-disciplinary collaborations across the country for healthy, equitable communities 

Creating the Healthiest Nation: Health & Housing Equity (PDF)