All Resources for Environmental Public Health

Learning from the Flint Water Crisis: Legal Implications and Community Public Health Impacts

May 15, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. EST. In 2014, while under the control of a state-appointed emergency manager, the city of Flint, Michigan, switched its water source from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department to the Flint River. As a result, lead from the aging service lines to homes leached into the drinking water and poisoned thousands of Flint residents. A team of Network attorneys recently published an analysis examining legal aspects of the Flint water crisis. In this webinar, two of the report’s authors will explore the complex legal arrangements at the heart of the crisis and review recommended changes to the relevant laws and their implementation. Then, a health disparities researcher and an activist and community organizer, both based in Flint, will jointly present a community-level response to the crisis. View the playback.

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The Built Environment as a Social Determinant of Health: The Role of Laws and Policies

Thursday, April 20 at 1:00 p.m. (ET) - This webinar will explore the built environment ― the places where we live, work, play and learn ― and how its regulations can have an effect on health.

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Transportation as a Social Determinant of Health

Thursday, March 30 at 1:00 p.m. ET. This webinar will discuss how transportation policy, and accompanying legislative interventions, can impact public health.

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Integrating Health Impact Assessments via Environmental Policy Acts

Thursday, January 19 at 1:00 p.m. ET. Presented by project lead investigators, this webinar examines how health impact assessments and related health impacts may “legally fit” with environmental reviews as explained in the Network’s legal report highlighting 10 opportunities to incorporate health considerations.

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Issue Brief: Legal Tools to Support Environmental Justice

A community’s health depends largely on the environment in which residents live, work and play. While multiple factors influence the health of a population, the impact of environmental harms is of significant concern. Harmful environmental exposures can exacerbate already existing health disparities, especially among low income, tribal and minority populations who often suffer a disproportionate share of negative environmental impacts. This issue brief outlines existing and potential legal tools to support environmental justice, such as the use of health impact assessments, environmental reviews conducted under the National Environmental Policy Act, and grant funding to support environmental justice.

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Issue Brief: Community Water Fluoridation

Community water fluoridation is the adjustment of fluoride levels in a water system to prevent tooth decay. This issue brief provides information on the background of community water fluoridation, and explains the roles of  federal, state and local governments in providing community water fluoridation.

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Fracking, Water Quality and Public Health: Examining Current Laws and Regulations

This webinar will examine the laws and regulations governing water quality issues related to fracking, recent state court decisions affecting regulations, and implications for public health.

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Specialty Courts to Improve Public Health Outcomes

Specialty courts can be a cost-effective, efficient way of addressing public health problems because they focus on a specific area of law. This webinar presents evaluations of family courts in North Carolina, a drug treatment court in Wilmington, Delaware, and the Philadelphia Lead Court.

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Zoning for the Public's Health: Using Mixed-Use Zoning to Increase Walkability and Reduce Crime

Well-planned zoning could help reduce crime and increase neighborhood walkability -- two outcomes integrally tied to improved public health. This webinar examines the laws that impact mixed-use zoning, and describes a new method for evaluating zoning laws.

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Environmental Noise: Public Health Effects and Legal Remedies

Environmental noise can lead to an array of health issues including hearing loss and heart disease. This webinar explores which legal tools may be best suited to lessen environmental noise and minimize risk of harm.

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