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Health and Environmental Justice

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EPA is working to ensure that all people, regardless of race, color, national origin or income, are treated fairly and involved in development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations and policies. Researchers are studying issues related to environmental justice and developing the decision-support tools necessary to ensure equal access to a healthy environment in which all people can live, learn and work.

The EPA and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are working together to support the establishment of health disparities research centers. EPA and NIH recently funded 10 grant awards to support research initiatives and activities within the Centers of Excellence program. The centers are located across the country and support research on topics such as environmental and neighborhood effects on cardiovascular risk, effects of racial segregation on environmental factors that impact health, and solutions to socioeconomic, natural, chemical and built environment issues contributing to health disparities faced by Native Americans and Hispanic communities. A principle objective of this research is to generate innovative approaches to reduce environmentally driven health disparities and improve access to healthy environments for vulnerable populations.


Environment, Health, and Society
EPA's Plan EJ2014
Community Cumulative Assessment Tool (CCAT)
Understanding the Role of Nonchemical Stressors and Developing Analytic Methods for Cumulative Risk Assessments
Tribal Research
Tribal-Focused Environmental Risk and Sustainability Tool
Community-Focused Exposure and Risk Screening Tool

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