Environmental Health
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Built Environment

APHA promotes healthy built environments and community design by advancing transportation and land use decisions that consider health, safety and equity.

APHA co-sponsors the New Partners for Smart Growth Conference, supports the work of APHA's Environment Section and its built environment activities, and serves as a member of the Smart Growth Network.

APHA works with partners like America Walks, the National Center for Safe Routes to School and others to promote active transport.

APHA also works with the National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) to promote safe and healthy housing. In May 2014 a new National Healthy Housing Standard, developed by APHA and NCHH, was released. The Standard is a health focused property maintenance policy targeting the nation's 100 million existing homes - single family, multifamily, rental and owner occupied.

What is the Built Environment?

The built environment is defined as the human-made features of our communities. The way we design and build our communities can affect our physical and mental health; in turn designing and building healthy communities can improve the quality of life for all people.