The environmental health profession is vital to people on the economic margins of society and is an essential preventive service. A foodborne illness that keeps a primary bread winner from their job is more than an inconvenience. Harmful algal blooms can devastate a local economy. Lead exposure from aging paint and plumbing can overwhelm an impoverished community. In this month’s column, Dr. Dyjack shares a situation he walked upon one summer evening and how environmental health can influence and improve the health and well-being of the residents in our communities.
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