Environmental Justice and Health Research
EPA is working for environmental justice—ensuring that all people benefit from the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws and policies. Agency researchers supply decision-support tools to advance that effort.
Together, the agency and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) are establishing health disparities research centers. They recently funded 10 grant awards for research initiatives and activities within the Centers of Excellence program.
- environmental and neighborhood effects on cardiovascular risk,
- effects of racial segregation on environmental factors that impact health, and
- solutions to environment issues contributing to health disparities faced by Native Americans and Hispanic communities.
A principal research objective is to generate innovative approaches to reduce environmentally-driven health disparities, improving access to healthy environments for vulnerable populations.
- Community-Focused Exposure and Risk Screening Tool (C-FERST)
- Environmental Justice
- EPA - National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) Centers of Excellence on Environment and Health Disparities Research
- EPA's Plan EJ 2014 - is a roadmap that will help EPA integrate environmental justice into the Agency’s programs, policies, and activities. Plan EJ 2014 is named in recognition of the 20th anniversary of President Clinton’s issuance of Executive Order 12898, Federal Actions to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations.
- Regional Sustainable Environmental Science (RESES) program
- Tribal-Focused Environmental Risk and Sustainability Tool (T-FERST)
- 2009 grants on Understanding the Role of Nonchemical Stressors and Developing Analytic Methods for Cumulative Risk Assessments