National Association of County and City Health Officials  [Printer-friendly version]
November 7, 1999


Resolution 99-13 Adopted on November 7, 1999

WHEREAS, the Institute of Medicine's 1988 Future of Public Health
Report states that "The removal of environmental health authority from
public health has led to fragmented responsibility, lack of
coordination, and inadequate attention to the public health dimensions
of environmental health issues;" and

WHEREAS, environment and health are intimately related, and
environmental health is a public health activity, yet the two fields
are often isolated and overly distinct in their current missions; and

WHEREAS, local public health agencies bring a unique, population-based
approach to environmental health issues and an emphasis on prevention
and system-wide approaches to health;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the National Association of County and
City Health Officials (NACCHO) advocates for resources, policies,
programs, and legislation that promote the integration of
environmental health and public health practice; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that NACCHO endorses the development and/or
enhancement of coordinated training for the environmental health
workforce in public health sciences such as epidemiology, social and
behavioral sciences, physiology and biology, and for the public health
workforce in environmental sciences such as ecology and urban

Adopted by NACCHO Board of Directors
November 7, 1999
Updated September 2003