Ensuring Environmental Justice
Public Health is a theme throughout the Environmental Justice Movement. Unfortunately, communities like Detroit lead in chronic diseases like Asthma, Lead Poisoning, and various cancers. Most of this is because of Housing Discrimination policy. These policies create a clear path for undesirable land uses such as the location of polluting facilities and activities near residential communities.
Air Quality Management Project
Many adults and children in Detroit have asthma, with higher hospitalization rates and prevalence than the state of Michigan as a whole. Asthma makes it hard to breathe and causes missed school and work days, hospital visits, and urgent doctor visits. It can jeopardize lives and livelihoods and force people to miss out on activities that they enjoy.
Even though asthma cannot be cured, and improving outdoor air quality poses challenges, we can help make our indoor environments healthier and less likely to cause symptom flare-ups. This is possible by adjusting our routines for activities like cleaning and pest management, purchasing practices, and HVAC systems maintenance.
We want to partner with childcare centers in Detroit to hone best practices that reduce environmental sources of asthma flare-ups. Our goal is to support childcare centers in their role safeguarding children’s health. Our partners are Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America — Michigan chapter, Kids’ Health Connections, and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Asthma Prevention and Control Program.
Community Health Awareness Project
We speak for ourselves is barely achievable if residents are not aware of the policies and options that are available to them as citizens. Therefore, we offer trainings and seminars to build and improve capacity for their benefit. The Community Health and Awareness Training/Seminars (CHATS) is designed to provide a variety of modules and topics for ensuring a firm foundation of environmental protection knowledge. Once the foundation is strong, we can expect citizens to frankly speak for themselves for the betterment of their lives, family as well as community.
- COVID 19 Awareness
- Disaster Awareness
- Understanding Persistent Bioaccumulative Toxins
- Toxic Use Reduction
- Reporting Environmental Releases