Environmental Health

Exploring Innovations in GIS and Visualization for Healthier Communities

November 23, 2020

This brief details innovative uses of geographic information systems (GIS) in public health. It showcases original research conducted by ASTHO staff to better understand the value of GIS in mapping national public health emergencies—like the COVID-19 pandemic—and highlights how public health practice can be strengthened by linking environmental health and healthcare data.Read More »

Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances: Contaminants of Emerging Concern

October 07, 2019

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of several thousand synthetic compounds that are found in a wide range of commodities. Perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS) are two of the most regularly investigated and discussed PFAS. This brief gives an overview of the public health significance of PFAS exposures, some challenges related to PFAS for state health agencies, and recent federal actions to protect communities from PFAS.Read More »

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