Environmental Protection Agency Appoints NEHA's Dr. Whitehead to Advisory Council
DENVER – Dr. Sandra Whitehead, NEHA’s Director of Program and Partnership Development, recently accepted a formal appointment from Administrator Scott Pruitt of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. This appointment is to the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council.
In this role, Dr. Whitehead will represent non-governmental organizations on the council which provides advice and recommendations about broad issues related to environmental justice. The council’s efforts include evaluating strategic, scientific, technological, regulatory, community engagement, and economic issues related to environmental justice.
Dr. Whitehead has been involved in environmental justice efforts since the late 1980’s while working in Florida, assisting high-need residents with contaminated wells connect to city water. She has worked with communities on their environmental and social justice issues through the Florida Brownfields Association’s Environmental Justice Committee. Dr. Whitehead has created opportunities for communities to participate in decisions affecting their health by training more than 400 public health professionals about how to perform health impact assessments (HIAs), and leading 15 HIAs to empower community members with information and tools to advocate for solutions that positively impact their wellbeing and long-term health. Her term will end Dec. 28, 2019.
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