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Explain how environmental justice concerns play out in your community, and how policy change could address exposure disparities.
Molly Rauch, MPH
October 6, 2011
Healthcare providers and public
health practitioners know that disadvantaged communities suffer from
chronic disease — asthma, heart disease, obesity, cancer, and others
— at far greater rates than do others. These diseases are
linked to environmental exposures. When we look at patterns of
environmental pollution, we also see that poor communities and communities of
color are disproportionately exposed to toxic chemicals in the environment.
They live, work, study, and play close to such toxic hot
spots as waste incinerators, brownfields, busy roadways, chemical
manufacturing plants, and oil refineries. These communities’ chronic disease
rates are the hidden face of our nation’s reliance on industrial chemicals.
They reveal the failings in our chemicals management policies.
The Canary in the Gold Mine
José T. Bravo
Improving Health by Reducing Environmental Injustice
Martha Dina Arguello
Reforming Chemical Policy Starts at the Fenceline in Environmental Justice Communities
Chemical Lifecycle and Exposure in Environmental Justice Communities
Mark Mitchell, MD MPH
The views expressed in these essays are those of their respective authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of Physicians for Social Responsibility.