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Environmental Health Nurses

There is growing consensus among the medical and scientific communities that protecting young children from toxic chemicals is an URGENT public health issue. Over the last 30 years, there has been:

  • A 20% rise in children’s brain cancer and leukemia since the 1970s.
  • A rise in adult cancers – breast, testicular and prostate among them.
  • A dramatic rise in learning and behavioral disorders including a ten-fold increase in autism spectrum disorder over the last 15 years and ADHD affecting over 2 million children in the U.S.
  • A rise in reproductive orders with 40% more women experiencing difficulty conceiving and maintaining a pregnancy in 2002 than they did in 1982.
  • Significant rises in asthma, insulin-resistance and diabetes.
Legislative Issues related to environmental health

Alliance of  Nurses for a Healthy Environment

Coalition for a Safe & Healthy Connecticut

    Wildfires on the Rise

    With extreme weather and wildfires under way in many parts of the country, we wanted to share our resources for protecting lung health during wildfires and other extreme weather events. These resources are designed to help you help your patients and communities learn more about the impacts of wildfires and climate change and how they can protect themselves.

    Watch webinar: Protecting Lung Health During Wildfires

    Health Risks of Climate Change: Resources for
    People with Lung Disease

    Drought, wildfires, heat, flooding, pollution – the effects of climate change already create serious threats to lung health. Two fact sheets tell you what you need to KNOW and what you need to DO.

    What You Should Know -- Ways Climate Change Affects Lung Health | En Español

    What You Can Do -- How People Can Protect Themselves | En Español

    Watch webinar: What Public Health Professionals Should Know and Communicate About Climate Change and Respiratory Health