Environmental Areas to Draw Attention to and Their Linkages to Health

Environmental health hazards

Creating healthy environments can be complex and relies on continuing research to better understand the effects of exposure to environmental hazards on people’s health. Here are some of the elements of the environment we all need to draw attention to and their linkages to health.

Outdoor Air Quality

Outdoor honeymoon
Poor air quality is linked to premature death, cancer, and long-term damage to respiratory and cardiovascular systems. Progress has been made to reduce unhealthy air emissions and here at Health Guide 911, we urge everyone involved to keep up the good work. Decreasing air pollution is an important step in creating a healthy environment.

Surface and Ground Water
Ground Water

Surface and ground water quality concerns apply to both drinking water and recreational waters. Contamination by infectious agents or chemicals can cause mild to severe illness. Protecting water sources and minimizing exposure to contaminated water sources are important parts of environmental health.

Toxic Substances and Hazardous Wastes
Hazardous Wastes

The health effects of toxic substances and hazardous wastes are not yet fully understood. Research to better understand how these exposures may impact health is ongoing. Meanwhile, efforts to reduce exposures continue. Reducing exposure to toxic substances and hazardous wastes is fundamental to environmental health.

Homes and Communities
Unhealthy home and community

People spend most of their time at home, work, or school. Some of these environments may expose people to:
☛Indoor air pollution
☛Inadequate heating and sanitation
☛Structural problems
☛Electrical and fire hazards
☛Lead-based paint hazards

These hazards can impact health and safety. Maintaining healthy homes and communities is essential to environmental health.

Infrastructure and Surveillance
United states environmental protection agency

Preventing exposure to environmental hazards relies on many partners, including state and local health departments. Personnel, surveillance systems, and education are important resources for investigating and responding to disease, monitoring for hazards, and educating the public. Additional methods and greater capacity to measure and respond to environmental hazards are needed.

Global Environmental Health

Global Environmental Health
Water quality is an important global challenge. Diseases can be reduced by improving water quality and sanitation and increasing access to adequate water and sanitation facilities.
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