Goals II ("use environmental toxicants to understand basic mechanisms in human biology") and III ("build integrated environmental health
research programs to address the cross-cutting problems in human biology and human disease") elaborate on the plan's overarching theme of the need for clinical research to more pointedly explore the relationship between environmental exposures and human disease, making full use of the new tools and technologies available, while encouraging the development of new ones.
A career in environmental health
comprises anything and everything that involves public health, whether at local, regional or national level.
"The handwriting is on the wall," says Peter Montague, the director of the Environmental Research Foundation and one of the authors of the "Wingspread Statement on the Precautionary Principle," drafted in 1998 at a groundbreaking environmental health
conference in Wisconsin.
Another presentation showed the importance of partnership and collaboration between environmental health
at a county public health department and the Iowa State Hygienic Laboratory to resolve issues around contamination of private wells (e.g., bacteria, nitrate, arsenic, neonicotinoid insecticides, and others).
"State environmental health
programs are very diverse," said ASTHO Senior Director of Environmental Health
Kerry Wyss, MEM, who discussed the survey results at APHA's 139th Annual Meeting in November.
The first conference was held in July 2005 at the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), and focused on helping academic and practicing nurses bring environmental health
concepts into the classroom, practice, and policy arenas.
The National Institute of Environmental Health
Sciences developed a children's health research agenda to explore the relationship between timing of exposure, stage of development and health outcome.
People understand food inspector, hazmat responder, pest control, or just about any of the many program activities that environmental health
professionals are responsible for.
* develop the next generation of investigators, perhaps through the development of institutional career awards, the establishment of integrated mentoring for postdocs, and the support of training for clinical fellows in environmental health
Last October, Michigan citizens took the now-60-square banner to the State Capitol to demand that the governor and the health department take steps to protect them from environmental health
NEHA board members and staff then asked members of Congress for their support of the Environmental Health
Workforce Act (HR 1909 and S 2616), which were introduce by Representative Brenda Lawrence (D-Michigan) and Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Michigan), respectively.
In addition to interdisciplinary research, academia, government, and community organizations are working together to engage citizens in community-based collaborative research to identify environmental health
problems and proposing workable solutions.