Advocacy—the Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the word as “the act or process of supporting a cause or proposal.” That same dictionary goes on to define “cause” as “a principle, aim, or movement that, because of a deep commitment, one is prepared to defend or advocate.” So, in environmental health, what is the cause we are so deeply committed to that we are prepared to defend it and advocate for it?
Some might say, based on the visible lack of significant advocacy for environmental health in the U.S., that there is no such cause. On this point, I strongly disagree. Every environmental health professional I know is deeply committed to safer and healthier homes, schools, workplaces, and communities. We, as environmental health professionals, have chosen our profession not for the financial rewards, but for the ability to make a positive difference in the health and safety of our communities.
So why aren’t we advocating for environmental health? I believe there are three primary reasons ...
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