News and Events

Monthly Environment Section Call

We hold a conference call on the fourth Monday of every month at 3 p.m. ET. We take an hour to talk about the Section's activities, current issues in environmental health, opportunities for collaboration, and more. If you are a Section member, we would love for you to join us. If you are not a member, please consider signing up for an APHA membership at the top of this page or adding our Section to your current membership. We know you'll appreciate our selfless and brilliant professional community as much as we do! If you are a member of the Environment Section but do not receive our announcements, please contact Niru Murali

Environment Section Policy Statements

As members APHA, we are committed to educating the public about environmental health. We do this by contacting our legislators, commenting on federal proposals, collaborating to advance environmental stewardship, writing policy statements, and more. 

Policy statements help shape APHA's position on legislation and regulations, help others write briefs and statements about public health issues, highlight the latest research on specific public health topics, and serve as a resource for the general public. Many of the policy statements adopted by APHA in 2017 were vetted by the Environment Section. We also have over 400 policy statements related to the environment in our policy statement database

2018 Environment Section Award Winners

We have some brilliant people in our Section, and it's important to us we recognize them for their contributions to environmental health. The Environment Section will celebrate the accomplishments of these individuals at the APHA 2018 Annual Meeting & Expo from Nov. 10-14 at the San Diego Convention Center.

Homer N. Calver Award - Wayne M. Cascio, MD

Dr. Cascio is recognized for his work as cardiologist, public health advocate, internationally renowned researcher, and his tireless efforts to focus global attention on the link between air pollution and heart disease. Dr. Cascio is a clinician/scientist who directs the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's internationally recognized National Health and Environmental Effects Research Laboratory which conducts research on the health and ecological impacts of chemicals and other stressors. His research focuses on the study of the health effects of environmental pollutants to inform risk assessment, risk management decisions, and improvement of public health and quality of life. His public health and clinical outreach efforts focus on communicating evidence of environmental health risks to a wide-range of audiences, including health care providers, patients, federal, state, local and tribal organizations.

Rebecca A. Head Award - Vanessa Galaviz, PhD, MPH

Dr. Galaviz is recognized as an outstanding emerging leader from the environmental health field working at the nexus of science, policy, and environmental justice. The award serves as a memorial for Rebecca A. Head, PhD, DABT, an influential leader in the Environment Section and APHA and an indomitable voice for local public health, equity, and justice. Dr. Galaviz is the Director of Community Engagement and Education at the Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Washington. Dr. Galaviz works to reduce exposures in predominantly low-income and minority populations with multiple sources of pollution who also face occupational, socioeconomic, and biological stressors. Dr. Galaviz is dedicated to student mentoring, especially students of color in the field, and she is emerging as a leader in environmental health and a voice for local public health, equity, and justice.

Damu Smith Award - Mark Lopez

Mr. Lopez is recognized for his achievements and significant contributions to the field of environmental health and social justice. The award honors Damu Smith, the internationally known peace and civil rights activist. Mr. Lopez is Executive Director of East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice – a community-based organization that works to facilitate self-advocates in Southeast Los Angeles and Long Beach by providing workshops and trainings to prepare community members to engage in the decision-making processes that directly impact their health and quality of life. Lopez earned a bachelor's degree in environmental studies at UC Santa Cruz and a master’s degree from the Chicano Studies Department at Cal State Northridge, and he was the 2017 Goldman Environmental Prize recipient for North America.

The Environment Section congratulates all three recipients of its 2018 awards for outstanding achievement.

"These award winners exemplify the dedication, commitment, and service that is inherent in public health practice. Join us in celebrating their unparalleled contribution to making the world a safer and healthier place for everyone," said Jyotsna Jagai, PhD, MPH, chair of the Environment Section.

The Environment Section's Distinguished Service Awardee will be announced Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, at the San Diego Convention Center.

Environmental Justice at the Annual Meeting

Please consider registering for the Environmental Justice Town Hall on Sunday, Nov. 11, 2018 from 6-8 p.m. at the San Diego Convention Center. The Town Hall this year is titled "Progress in California and Resistance in Flint: Creating the Healthiest Nation". This event is free and open to everyone. To learn more about environmental justice and prepare for this event, check out the incredible blog posts written by our Environmental Justice Committee.

Environment Section Events at the APHA's Annual Meeting and Expo

We want to see you in San Diego! Consider joining us at our Section's events this November. We have a great time!