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Improving Health Outcomes
Improving Health Outcomes
Environmental action not only helps to protect our natural resources, but also improves living conditions within our communities. Local governments need to understand how environmental conditions in their jurisdiction impact the public and take action to reduce public health risks. Given that vulnerable populations are disproportionately impacted by environmental burdens, health mitigation and prevention measures needs to be looked at through an equity lens.
The following provides tangible actions catalyst communities can take to enable a just transition to decarbonization as it pertains to improving health outcomes, and coincides with Michigan Green Communities. Relevant resources, webinars, and community examples accompany each action below.
Integrate Health into Policies and Programs
Integrate public health and equity considerations when developing and implementing projects, initiatives, and policies in sectors where the connection to health may not be immediately obvious. Use Health in All Policies (HiAP), a collaborative approach which seamlessly integrates health factors into decision-making and policy areas.
Benchmark and Track
Understand your community's health as it relates to your surrounding environmental conditions. Municipalities can use a health impact assessment to determine the potential health risks of a proposed policy, plan, or program as well as gain insight on how to monitor and manage those effects.
- Health Impact Assessments
- Health Impact Assessment for Healthy Places: A Guide for Planning and Public Health
- Promoting Equity through the Practice of Health Impact Assessment
- The Value of Health Impact Assessment to Community Partners
Webinars & Workshops:
Healthy Indoor Environments
Protect the health of residents and municipal staff by assessing and remediating health risks in public buildings. Additionally, local governments should create education initiatives to help residents understand and improve indoor air quality in their own homes and businesses.
- Indoor Air Quality Resources
- City Level Models to Advance Healthy Housing
- Drinking Water Programs and Information
Improve the Community Health Environment
Educate on, plan for, and implement policies and projects to improve air quality and reduce heat impacts in your community. Examples include community-wide anti-idling policy, neighborhood tree canopy programs, ozone action days, etc.
- Air Quality Improvement Guide for Local Governments
- Air Quality Information and Programs
- Heat Islands
- Urban and Community Forestry Programs and Information