The National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the EPA Office of Research and Development. The purpose of the MOU is to facilitate cooperation and coordination between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Research and Development (EPA-ORD) and NEHA.
Through this MOU, NEHA and EPA-ORD will have the opportunity to collaborate on a multitude of areas such as communication about respective programs, environmental public health work, outreach and stakeholder engagement.
“This MOU is an important step in our journey toward a national future defined by greater professional cohesion, shared goals, and healthy families living in safe and secure communities,” said NEHA Executive Director, David T. Dyjack, DrPH.
A major benefit of signing this MOU is the streamlined communication and collaboration process between NEHA and EPA-ORD. With such similar missions and responsibilities in protecting environmental and public health, NEHA and EPA-ORD will seamlessly be able to coordinate programs, events and topics of specific interest quickly and efficiently.
The major topic areas of specific interest include, but are not limited to:
- Chemical safety
- Human health risk assessment
- Water quality
- Climate change and health
- Sensors and technology
- Air quality
- Health impact assessment
- Sustainable and healthy communities
- Environmental Justice
With the ever-increasing need to focus on keeping communities safe by protecting environmental and public health, this MOU will serve NEHA and EPA-ORD immensely moving forward.