Driven by community-based organizations and supported by a growing body of literature, the environmental justice movement contends that poor and minority populations are burdened with more than their share of toxic waste, pesticide runoff, and other hazardous byproducts of our modern economic life.
Is environmental degradation worse in poor and minority communities? Do these communities suffer more adverse health effects as a result? The committee addresses these questions and explores how current fragmentation in health policy could be replaced with greater coordination among federal, state, and local parties.
The book is highlighted with case studies from five locations where the committee traveled to hear citizen and researcher testimony. It offers detailed examinations in these areas:
The book makes recommendations to decisionmakers in the areas of public health, research, and education of health professionals and outlines health policy considerations.
Table of Contents
|1 Introduction and Executive Summary||1-10|
|2 Establishing a Baseline||11-22|
|5 Health Policy||61-68|
|A Using Disease Cluster and Small-Area Analyses to Study Environmental Justice||79-102|
|D Executive Order 12898||111-120|
|E Committee and Staff Biographies||121-130|
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