NEHA Letter to White House in Support of Including Environmental Health in American Rescue Plan

The U.S. White HouseOn June 4, 2021, the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) sent a letter to President Biden and Vice President Harris encouraging them to include environmental health in the American Rescue Plan. Last month the White House announced that it will be redistributing $7.4 billion from the American Rescue Plan to hire and train public health workers in response to COVID-19, which includes $4.4 billion to state and local governments to expand staff at public health departments, $3.4 billion to modernize the public health workforce, and a $400 million investment to launch the Public Health Americorps.

NEHA applauds this effort but it is not clear whether the Administration has considered environmental health within its definition of the public health workforce. The letter strongly encourages the White House to include the hiring and training of environmental health practitioners in this plan, as well as highlights the importance of the environmental health profession in protecting our nation's public health. 

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Release Date: 
Wednesday, June 9, 2021