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.
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.
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.
Spending time outside can benefit health and well-being, and various studies demonstrate a clear connection between being outdoors and better health.
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.
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...
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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Fostering a sense of stewardship through education and engagement on America's public lands