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Built Environment / Healthy Community Design

Brownfield and Land Reuse Initiative – resources for promoting community health in brownfield redevelopment and land reuse from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry

Building Environment – section from Emergency and Terrorism Preparedness for Environmental Health Practitioners with resources on protecting building environments as well as general links on improving indoor air quality.

Designing and Building Healthy Places – comprehensive information on health issues and CDC projects related to community design and the built environment

Reports by Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute (EPHLI) Graduates

These reports were prepared by graduates of CDC’s Environmental Public Health Leadership Institute. These documents have not been revised or edited to conform to agency standards. The findings and conclusions in these reports are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For more reports search the EPHLI fellow projects page.

A Local Health District's Role in Building a Sustainable Community [PDF - 286 KB]

A Systematic Approach to Tackling Blight in Small-town America [DOC - 795 KB]

Changing Our Lives, and Live Better Let Consumers Choose Wisely [PDF - 924 KB]

Changing Our Ways: Tackling Climate Change in State Health Agencies [PDF - 340 KB]

Development of a Health Impact Assessment Protocol for Polk County, Florida [DOC - 442 KB]

Greenwaste Diversion and Recycling Plan [DOC - 514 KB]

Improving Land Use and Planning Decisions in Nassau County, Florida [DOC - 410 KB]

Indian Health Service’s Role in Building Environmentally Resilient Tribal Communities [PDF - 433 KB]

Integrating Environmental Health Indicators Into the Austin Climate Protection Program [DOC - 2.25 MB]

Reducing the Health Impact From Former Methamphetamine Labs in Kentucky [DOC - 975 KB]

Understanding and Solving a Pollution Problem [PDF - 425 KB]

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Links to Information from outside CDC

Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design Training Program (National Crime Prevention Council) – information on CPTED training through the National Crime Prevention Council

Rain Garden Registry (Muncie, Indiana, Bureau of Water Quality) – information center for using rain gardens to manage stormwater and reduce health risks in flood-prone neighborhoods

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

  • Healthy School Environments – gateway to online resources to help facility managers, school administrators, architects, design engineers, school nurses, parents, teachers, and staff address environmental health issues in schools
  • Environmental Benefits of Smart Growth – information about smart-growth issues and how they affect the environment

University Resources

Public Health Grand Rounds (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Gillings School of Global Public Health) – leadership–level national dialogue on public health issues of strategic significance

Public Health (Rollins School of Public Health) – magazine published by the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University

  • A Better Way of Living – two studies help shape Atlanta’s built environment and parks
  • Next–Door Neighbors – CDC and Rollins School of Public Health collaborate to keep people healthy, including efforts to define and articulate issues related to the built environment
  • Taming Urban Sprawl – impact of sprawling development on public health

The Landscape and Human Health Laboratory (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) – studies include canopy and crime, girls and greenery, and neighbors and nature

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