The Environmental Health Matters Initiative (EHMI) provides a new approach to exploring innovative solutions to the nation’s most significant environmental health challenges. Through a series of meetings and workshops, the environmental health community will engage with leaders from a wide range of sectors and disciplines to explore the complexity of environmental health challenges and actions needed to address them.

This benefit of multiple viewpoints will enable identification of key needs and opportunities, such as:

      important scientific questions that must be answered to make progress;

      interventions that need to be developed;

      barriers to implementing interventions;

      Innovation areas; and

      actors who can contribute to progress.

Armed with this analysis, the EHMI will develop an opportunity landscape to catalyze holistic, sustainable actions in areas of opportunity, with the ultimate goal of protecting human health.

Our Vision

A nation that addresses the complex interplay of environmental factors that affect human health as a means to reduce the burden of disease and disability.

Our Mission and Strategy

The EHMI enables various sectors to harness and mobilize cross-sector and transdisciplinary knowledge and strategies that take into account a holistic view of the factors at work in complex environmental health challenges and opportunities.

To transform how the nation responds to environmental factors that affect health, the EHMI will identify important environmental health problems, explore their complexity, and advance solutions.

Why the National Academies?

To date, no institution has focused on coordinating such cross-sector and multidisciplinary work. This new endeavor will marshal the leadership and capacity of program divisions across the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (National Academies). With its power to convene the top experts in science, engineering, and medicine, as well as more than 250 major studies already completed on topics connecting health and environmental factors, the National Academies are uniquely positioned to lead this effort.

The Presidents of the National Academies have issued a statement to support the scientific evidence on climate change and climate scientists.

The National Academy of Medicine has released a documentary video series to highlight local organizations advancing health equity by addressing the environmental, social, economic, and structural challenges that may impact residents’ health.