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

Children's Environmental Health Series


NEEF's Children’s Environmental Health Series focused on the impact of environmental factors on children’s health and well-being. The three-day event included virtual panels and activities that engaged medical and public health professionals in discussions exploring prominent issues affecting marginalized communities and presented evidence-based methods for integrating best practices in pediatric environmental health.

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.

Addressing Common Asthma Myths

Over 25 million people in the US have asthma, and it's the leading chronic disease in children. We tackle some...

Air Pollution, Mental Health, and America’s Aging Population

Air quality affects health in many ways. New research explores the connection between air pollution, cognitive...

Breathing Free: How the EPA Protects Air Quality

What Makes Air Healthy? Fresh air. You know it when you smell it—but do you know what actually makes air...

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