What do failed attempts at environmental protection cost us, in terms as wide-ranging as health impacts, lost wages, and loss of IQ? Who is most burdened by our lack of societal commitment to primary prevention?
This month’s Environmental Health Policy Institute examines these questions through the lens of important cases. One article highlights lead poisoning and its negative health, social and economic impacts on low-income communities of color. Another examines the cumulative exposures towns and cities face from toxic chemicals in their air and water, resulting from nearby industries’ environmental pollution.
The Institute also challenges health professionals to increase their awareness of environmentally related disease. The article about Healthcare Without Harm lays out their strategies to reduce exposures to hazardous chemicals and processes in the healthcare setting. These steps have proven health-protective for both patients and health professionals, and could be replicated in other workplaces and environments to reduce harm and prevent disease while also saving money in the long term.
The last essay, by a member of PSR’s board of directors, discusses the need to integrate training on environmentally caused disease into the training of new (and also not-so-new) physicians.
For more on this story, visit: The Full “Costs” of Environmentally Related Disease | PSR.