Environmental Health

We are fast recognizing the importance of the environment in human health, and how environmental factors can influence human disease. At the same time, there are still many uncertainties on the extent specific environmental factors can affect human health, and whether environmental health programs are necessary.

RESOLVE’s approach to environmental health

Because environmental health is a multidisciplinary field, both on a large scale between the health and environmental sectors, but also encompassing multiple disciplines within each, coordination and communication approach is vitally important in order to achieve environmental health successes. RESOLVE has partnered with both public health organizations and environmental organizations to further the conversation around environmental health.

We have strong relationships with a number of leading environmental health organizations and federal agencies, and have worked with them to:

    • Facilitate consensus agreements for several important safe drinking water regulations, including the Total Coliform Rule, the Disinfection By-Products Rule, and the Lead and Arsenic Rule
    • Hold regional dialogues with local farmers and producers on developing produce safety guidelines
    • Convene a national dialogue on emerging chemicals
    • Coordinate a coalition of organizations around promoting healthy schools

Selected RESOLVE successes

National Environmental Health Partnership Council
Beginning in 2010, RESOLVE partnered with the American Public Health Association to convene a group of thought leaders in the environmental field, to eventually form the National Environmental Health Partnership Council. The Council is working to coordinate messaging efforts in the field, build capacity, and promote the importance of environmental health programs.

Collaborative Food Safety Forum
Beginning in 2011 with the passage of the Food Safety Modernization Act, RESOLVE partnered with the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to convene a series of topical stakeholder meetings to provide recommendations to FDA and CDC on implementing specific provisions of the Act.

Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee
From 2002 to 2009, RESOLVE facilitated the EPA’s Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee (CHPAC), a federal advisory committee of public health advocates, corporate medical experts, environmental advocates, state environmental agency staff, public and private water facility staff, and risk assessors to develop consensus recommendations to the EPA administrator on environmental regulations, policies, and science priorities that affect children’s environmental health.

For details on RESOLVE’s toxicology work, please visit the toxicology page.

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