What We Do


Resources and training for health professionals and caregivers to address environmental impacts on health

supporting a healthier future

NEEF's health programs give healthcare providers and caregivers tools and training to address environmental impacts on health and improve patient outcomes, with an emphasis on children and disproportionately impacted communities. 

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Climate & Mental Health
We explore the importance of outdoor access on physical and mental health and well-being and the potential impact of climate change on these outcomes. Increasing resilience and recovery.
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Pediatric Asthma
NEEF's Environmental Management of Pediatric Asthma Guidelines trains healthcare providers on managing environmental asthma triggers and intervention strategies.
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Environmental and health education program featuring over 50 cross-curricular, standards-based activities that help K-8 children learn about sun safety, UV radiation, and stratospheric ozone.
NEEF Training

Our in-person and online training and resources help professionals view patient health from a holistic standpoint—evaluating a patient's environmental history, identifying environmental triggers of pediatric asthma, considering outside factors through an environmental justice lens, and promoting outdoor activities—to help prevent a variety of health conditions including obesity and diabetes.

Health professionals trained since 2018

Environmental Health resources


NEEF collaborates with respected organizations and professionals to deliver free webinars and resources addressing crucial environmental health issues, offering insightful discussions and practical steps and resources for healthcare professionals, educators, and community leaders.

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Cultivating Health Equity in a Changing Climate
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This webinar series will discuss the complex dynamics of climate justice, systemic racism, and their profound implications for health. It will also examine the mental health impacts of climate change and the role of healthcare professionals, educators, and community leaders in addressing climate emotions with youth populations.

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Asthma Management Through Music
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EMPOWER is a dynamic educational multimedia collection developed by NEEF and Hip Hop Public Health to make asthma management relatable to young people. Comprised of original songs and animated videos, EMPOWER aims to inspire young people with asthma to take charge of their health with self-management skills.

Time in Nature: Benefits and Challenges

Spending time outside can benefit health and well-being, and various studies demonstrate a clear connection between being outdoors and better health.

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Self-Paced Online Course

Nature Champion Online Course

The Nature Champion Course aims to build capacity among health care providers, clinicians, and mental health professionals to be leaders in prescribing nature​ and connecting children and families with nature for health benefits​.

Health Resources

Human Health in a Changing Climate

Global climate change is projected to have profound effects on human health, especially for vulnerable groups...

Adult Health and Nature Fact Sheet

NEEF's Adult Health and Nature Fact Sheet reviews the current state of adult health and published literature...

Children’s Health and Nature Fact Sheet

NEEF's comprehensive Children's Health and Nature Fact Sheet contains highlights of published literature...

Children and Nature Infographic

NEEF's Children and Nature Infographic offers a visual display on how being active in nature can lead to...

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Health and the Environment

Just as humans affect the environment, the environment affects humans. Explore stories that discuss how environmental factors, like climate change and water quality, can affect you.

Why Your Next Family Vacation Should Be Volunteering on Public Lands

Transform your summer break into a family volunteer vacation on public lands—bond through trail maintenance...

The Mental Health Benefits of Spending Time in Nature

NEEF's Health program highlights the connection between climate and mental health and how to improve health...

Embrace the Outdoors to Beat the Winter Blues

Want to get outdoors, but wintry weather is stopping you? Check out this list of fun outdoor winter activities...

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