The Maryland Environmental Health Network convenes diverse stakeholders in the fields of health and environmental advocacy, research, and community activism, to support cross-sector education, dialogue and action that results in better protection of both human health and the environment.
Vision: We envision a Maryland where children and adults enjoy clean food, air and water, and benefit from safe environments in their homes, schools and communities.
Mission: The Maryland Environmental Health Network seeks to improve the health of Marylanders by minimizing exposures to environmental threats and toxic chemicals, by promoting effective environmental legislation and institutional policies (including enforcement), and by advancing environmental health equity throughout Maryland.
Network Role: We function as a hub and connector where health professionals and environmental groups exchange information and build common cause to become effective environmental health activists. MdEHN seeks to contribute to a broad social movement of activism that demands a fair, safe, healthy, equitable and sustainable Maryland.
Values: In all of these endeavours, we seek to incorporate the experience, perspectives, and involvement of people and communities most affected by pollution. We are guided by science and research in developing our advocacy stands and solutions. We understand that the solutions are complex and sometimes imperfect. We work in partnership with others who share our commitment to a healthier Maryland.
2013-14 priority areas and impact statements:
I. Organizational Development: Make MdEHN a strong partner for advocacy groups, government, and change agents
- MdEHN contributes to achieving a healthier MD.
- MdEHN is a trusted partner and connector organization.
- Health Professionals speak out regularly on EH issues and shape public discourse.
II. Energy: Bring health implications into energy policy-making
- MdEHN helps build political will to turn MD towards true renewables.
- The health consequences of fossil fuels for MD are documented & often cited.
- The climate impact of fracking has been framed as a health issue; a robust examination of health implications of fracking has or is taking place.
III. Toxics: Advocate for better protections against toxics
- MdEHN helps move pesticides and other toxics policy forward in Maryland
- Chemical & pesticide protections are widely adopted in schools and other community institutions; community support for these protections is growing
- More hospitals & health leaders support pesticides and/or other toxics policy changes
IV. Asthma: Increase attention to environmental causes of asthma.
- Health care providers, schools, & other institutions have the tools, resources, and motivation to address environmental causes of asthma
- School systems & child care centers increase IPM use; non-chemical approaches to cleaning & pests are becoming the norm
- Medicaid & other insurances cover evidence-based EH services
For further information about MdEHN, please contact Rebecca Ruggles, Director at Rebecca@MdEHN.org or Allison Rich, Coordinator at Allison@MdEHN.org
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