Goal: Improve the public's health through advanced environmental health knowledge
The Health & Environment Program advances environmental knowledge among health professionals to improve the public's health with a special emphasis on children and underserved populations.
Through the development of national agendas, trainings, curriculum integration, and strategic partnerships, we facilitate the integration of environmental health into health care provider education and practice.
NEEF has undertaken several projects to incorporate environmental health into health care provider education under the Health Care Provider Initiative. These projects include:
- Children's Environmental Health Faculty Champions
- Pediatric Asthma Initiative
- Pediatric Environmental History Initiative
- Pesticides Initiative
- Children and Nature Initiative: Rx for Outdoor Activity
- Climate Change
- Plum Landing is a unique resource designed to help children connect to nature, live healthier lives, and get excited about their role as caretakers of their communities. It provides online games, an app to download and other interactive tools.
- The National Library of Medicine Household Products Database links over 14,000 consumer brands to health effects from Material Safety Data Sheets.
- Public Service Advertising from U.S. Forest Service and Ad Council to Encourage Families to Reconnect with Nature
- NEEF partnered with the Children’s Environmental Health Network in the development of their Putting it Into Practice: Pediatric Environmental Health Training Resource. The modules and user guides are available for free download.
- A survey conducted by the National Medical Association and George Mason University's Center for Climate Change Communication found that African American physicians around the country are concerned about the health consequences of climate change that they are seeing in their patients.
- The Third National Climate Assessment report has been released by the U.S. Global Change Research Program, including a chapter on the impacts of climate change on human health.
- The National Park Service's Park Prescriptions Documentary explains NEEF's Rx for Outdoor Activity to prescribe nature to patients and promote less sendentary lifestyles. Watch the teaser here.
- The National Library of Medicine is offering "Discovering the Connection: Your Environment, Your Health," an afterschool science club curriculum for middle school students that can also be used in the classroom.
- New blog entry "Walking in Nature: Prescription for Better Health" for the Every Body Walk! Collaborative.
- Textbook of Children's Environmental Health, the first-ever textbook of children's environmental health, has been comprehensively assembled and edited by two pediatricians, Philip J. Landrigan, MD, MSc and Ruth A. Etzel, MD, PhD. These two widely recognized leaders and pioneers in the field of children's environmental health are also members of NEEF's Health & Environment Advisory Committee.
- New Policy Statement on Nature, Health and Wellness is adopted by the American Public Health Association.
- Nature positively impacts many aspects of health through ecosystem services. Explore these relationships with the EPA Eco-Health Relationship Browser and the EPA EnviroAtlas to learn more about health benefits of ecosystems near you.
- Representative Donna Christensen talks about lessons in environmental justice she has learned while serving her community as a physician. Watch here.
- The 2014 State of the Air report from the American Lung Association found that 46% of Americans live in counties with unhealthy levels of either ozone or particle pollution. Learn more about the state of air in your community, the health risks of air pollutants, and other key findings on their website.