New Resource: Building Support for Environmental Health at the Federal Level

A coalition of diverse public health agencies including NACCHO partnered to design a new document titled Investing in a Robust Environmental Health System. This resource is a valuable tool for public health officials advocating for the value and the need of investment in environmental health services, especially when addressing either local, state or federal decision makers.

It emphasizes the significance of environmental health as a branch of public health and the need for further support of the field. The document also provides specific calls to action for the federal government to build an “effective and strong environmental health system.” Finally, it provides three specific case examples demonstrating the need for environmental health services including the flint water crisis, the Zika virus outbreak and Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy. Local health departments and partners are highly encouraged to download and use this tool to grow support for environmental health field, both locally and nationally.


This document was made possible through cooperative agreement 1U38OT000131 between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Public Health Association. The contents of this document are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

About Anastasia Sonneman

Anastasia Sonneman serves as a Communications Specialist at NACCHO. Her work includes promoting local health departments' best practices, as well as partner tools and resources, in environmental health, health and disability, and preparedness through NACCHO's communications channels, storytelling, and outreach to various audiences.

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