Redlining, a discriminatory practice created by the federal government in the 1930s to deny mortgages in certain neighborhoods characterized by a higher proportion of Black and immigrant residents, established a lasting legacy of systemic racism and environmental inequities. So how can we better understand how historical redlining impacts our health and environment today? With funding … Continue reading Exploring how historic redlining impacts health and environment today
As wildfires blaze in the U.S., Canada, and other places around the globe this summer, millions of people are gearing up yet again to protect themselves and their families from the health risks of wildfire smoke. And as wildfires have become more intense over the years—quadrupling in size over the last four decades—researchers have begun … Continue reading How does wildfire smoke affect pregnancy outcomes?
Advancing health equity through environmental health science and policy is a core mission of PRHE. Inequities in exposures to environmental contaminants are an important contributor to health inequities and can have a significant effect on the quality of life in at-risk communities. A potentially important step toward addressing inequities came with President Biden’s Executive Order … Continue reading How EPA can improve identifying and reducing environmental health inequities
For too long, the health ramifications of pollution and toxic chemicals have fallen disproportionately on communities of color, so the Biden administration’s commitment to address environmental injustices is a welcome development. PRHE advised the Biden transition team on ways to improve chemical policy and return science, health, and environmental justice to the forefront of EPA’s … Continue reading How PRHE supports environmental justice through science
APHA’s Annual Meeting 2020 went virtual this year and Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE) scientists led dialogues about how to better protect children from environmental health threats by applying our knowledge of environmental health to the most pressing questions of our day. Professor Tracey Woodruff, Director of PRHE, was featured in a … Continue reading PRHE at APHA 2020: How to better protect the health of at-risk children
Overwhelming scientific evidence demonstrates that exposure to chemicals and pollutants in our environment affects our health, increases risk of disease, and jeopardizes children’s development. Public policies determine what and how much we are exposed to and thus, how much our health is at risk. To protect public health, policies must be created using the best … Continue reading How to prioritize science and health at EPA