Environmental health examines how different environments affect communities’ well-being. The health effects of breathing contaminated air or drinking water, living near abandoned toxic waste sites or being exposed to substances, such as lead, arsenic, pesticides and heavy metals, are all potentially cause for concern in Pennsylvania, a historically industrial state. Recognizing the prevalence of such issues, Pennsylvania created the Division of Environmental Health, what is now the Division of Environmental Health Epidemiology.
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Mission of the Division
Within the Bureau of Epidemiology, the Division of Environmental Health Epidemiology seeks to promote and enhance the environmental health and well-being of all people in Pennsylvania through data analysis and interpretation and the implementation of public health interventions that ensure environmental justice and health equity.