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Your Environment. Your Health.

Global Environmental Health

Mission Statement

Climate Change and Human Health Literature Portal

NIEHS' knowledge management tool for locating the most relevant scientific literature on the health implications of climate change.

Explore the Climate Change and Human Health Literature Portal

The NIEHS vision, presented in the Strategic Plan for 2012-2017, is to provide “global leadership for innovative research that improves public health by preventing disease and disability.”

The NIEHS identifies Global Environmental Health (GEH) as a part of its strategic themes, recognizing that because environmental health problems cross national boundaries, conducting studies around the world benefits not just those in areas being studied, but all people who suffer from the same or related environmental health problems. The inclusion of GEH continues a tradition of NIEHS global leadership and collaboration on solving the most pressing environmental health problems and improving the lives of the most vulnerable populations, both in the United States and around the world.

Global Environmental Health may be defined as:
Research, education, training, and research translation directed at health problems that are related to environmental exposures and transcend national boundaries, with a goal of improving health for all people by reducing the environmental exposures that lead to avoidable disease, disabilities and deaths.

NIEHS-WHO Collaborating Centre Summary Report

WHOCC Summary Report Cover

We are pleased to announce the release of the NIEHS-WHO Collaborating Centre Summary Report(4MB), which covers the activities of the Centre from 2013-2017. The NIEHS-WHO Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health Sciences was designated on September 14, 2013, building on several decades of productive partnership between the two institutions. Having earned redesignation in September 2017, the Centre has encapsulated its accomplishments from its first term in this report and looks forward to continuing to provide a platform for NIEHS to translate the Institute’s research into effective health protection around the world.

Goals

The Global Environmental Health Program assists the NIEHS in achieving its goals in three areas:

Global Environmental Health Research:

Public health improvements must be based on solid scientific understanding of population exposures and their effects. NIEHS, through its global research on health effects and exposure assessment, increases scientific knowledge and understanding of both adverse and beneficial health effects from environmental conditions, with special emphasis on effects on populations in low- and middle-income countries.

Global Environmental Health Translation:

Advances in scientific knowledge must be translated into information that leaders, decision makers, and individuals can understand and use to inform the design and implementation of health protection and promotion actions. NIEHS, through its research translation and outreach activities, aims to improve understanding of global environmental health issues in key target audiences.

Global Environmental Health Scientific Capacity:

NIEHS continues a decades-long commitment to improving the ability of countries around the world to study and solve their specific environmental health problems. We do this by supporting the training of international scientists, both on our campus and around the world; partnering with institutions in other countries to share expertise and maximize resources; and working to improve the scientific knowledge base in other countries by disseminating scientific information on environmental health where the burden of environmental disease is greatest.

Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment

Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment

Climate change is affecting the health of Americans1. As the climate continues to change, the risks to human health will grow, exacerbating existing health threats and creating new public health challenges. This assessment significantly advances what we know about the impacts of climate change on public health, and the confidence with which we know it. While all Americans will be affected by climate change, the report recognizes populations of concern, such as children, the elderly, outdoor workers, and those living in disadvantaged communities, who are disproportionately vulnerable.

Read the full report online
Video: Impacts of Climate Change on Human Health in the United States: A Scientific Assessment

Special Topics

NIEHS supports research, research translation, and capacity building in three special topics relevant to Global Environmental Health. For more information, click the links below:

Newsletter

Screen Capture of the NIEHS GEH Newsletter

This bimonthly online newsletter provides a snapshot of the NIEHS's current GEH activities, profiles of areas of GEH research, funding information, and useful resources. By partnering with the global health and global environmental communities, in part through information exchanges like this newsletter, NIEHS hopes to build the collaborations that will lead to effective disease prevention and health promotion around the world.

NIEHS Global Environmental Health newsletter

NIEHS-WHO Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health Sciences

Many of NIEHS's Global Environmental Health activities are coordinated by the NIEHS-WHO Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health Sciences. Designated in September, 2013, the Collaborating Centre is a central part of the Institute's vision to provide global leadership on environmental health issues.

Contacts

John M. Balbus, Senior Advisor for Public Health
John Balbus, M.D., M.P.H.
Senior Advisor for Public Health
Director, NIEHS-WHO Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health Sciences
Tel 301-496-3511
Fax 301-496-0563
john.balbus@nih.gov
31 Center Dr
Claude D Pepper Building
Bethesda, MD 20892
Portrait of Trisha Castranio
Trisha M. Castranio
Program Analyst

Tel 984-287-3245
castran1@niehs.nih.gov
Ty Lawson
Ty M. Lawson
Program Analyst

Tel 301-496-3511
ty.lawson@nih.gov

NIEHS Global Environmental Health Program Steering Committee

Gwen W. Collman
Gwen W. Collman, Ph.D.
Director – Division of Extramural Research & Training
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

Tel 984-287-3249
collman@niehs.nih.gov
Stephanie J. London, M.D., Dr.P.H.
Stephanie J. London, M.D., Dr.P.H.
Deputy Chief, Epidemiology Branch and Senior Investigator

Tel 984-287-3688
Fax 301-480-3290
london2@niehs.nih.gov
Kimberly Thigpen Tart, J.D.
Kimberly Thigpen Tart, J.D., M.P.H.
Health Science Policy Analyst, Office of Policy, Planning, and Evaluation

Tel 984-287-3326
kimberly.thigpentart@nih.gov
Mary S. Wolfe, Ph.D.
Mary S. Wolfe, Ph.D.
Deputy Division Director for Policy
Director, Office of Liaison, Policy, and Review

Tel 984-287-3209
Fax 301-451-5759
wolfe@niehs.nih.gov

NIEHS Global Environmental Health Working Group(84KB)

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