Climate action is critical to achieving health equity.
Did you know that people of color and people with low incomes are more likely to live in polluted areas and have unsafe drinking water? Environmental pollutants can cause health problems like respiratory diseases, heart disease, and some types of cancer, among other ill effects. Children and pregnant women are at greater risk of health problems related to pollution.
To address these health disparities, CHC believes it is critical to focus on Environmental Justice to ensure all communities have access to nutritious foods, safe drinking water, clean air and green spaces.
Environmental Justice (EJ) – Fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations and policies.
CHC is championing efforts to create more green spaces, improve efficiency, reduce pollution, and eliminate single-use plastics in exchange for eco-friendly materials.
These are some of the initiatives we’re working on:
The Environmental Action Task Force, an employee resource group at CHC, spearheads many of these initiatives and works to spread awareness and inspire efforts to protect the health of people and the environment at CHC’s health centers and in the surrounding communities.
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