Advancing the Field
APHA works to help advance the field of environmental health and address crucial issues facing the workforce, such as dwindling professionals, lack of resources, increasing responsibilities and limited visibility.
Despite the importance of environmental health work in protecting the public’s health, this work often falls under the radar of public awareness and is still not well understood by the public. To promote and sustain their work, environmental health professionals need to engage in a meaningful and robust conversation with those they serve. APHA (along with Association in State and Territorial Health Officials and Association of Public Health Laboratories) has partnered with the FrameWorks Institute to develop and improve communications capacities for the field.
The APHA Environment Section sponsored the development of a short video, "Environment, Health, You," celebrating accomplishments and highlighting future challenges for environmental health.
APHA is helping to put a face on environmental public health and to tell the story of these amazing professionals through StoryCorps, an oral history project. Listen to StoryCorps Interviews with APHA members talking about environmental public health.
APHA spearheads efforts to bring together environmental and public health organizations to increase collaboration, leverage resources and raise the visibility of the field of environmental health through the National Environmental Health Partnership Council.
APHA helps support and connect to partners the National Tribal Environmental Health Think Tank, a work group composed of 14 tribal professionals with diverse backgrounds in environmental public health. Convened by the Office of Tribal Affairs in the National Center for Environmental Health and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, the Think Tank brings visibility to environmental public health issues facing Tribes and offers actionable recommendations for NCEH/ATSDR leadership.
What Do Environmental Health Practitioners Do?
Environmental health practitioners are involved in a range of critical activities as they prevent illness and protect the public from the spread of disease and injury, oversee the surveillance of toxic substances, and much more.