EPA, through its Office of Environmental Justice, asked the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council to provide advice and recommendations on the following questions: (1) What strategies and areas of research should be pursued to achieve more effective, integrated community-based health assessment, intervention, and prevention efforts?; (2) How should these strategies be developed, implemented and evaluated so as to ensure substantial participation, integration and collaboration among federal agencies, in partnership with: impacted communities; public health, medical and environmental professionals; academic institutions; state, tribal and local governments; and the private sector?; (3) How can consideration of socioeconomic status and cultural factors: (a) contribute to health disparities and cumulative and disproportionate environmental effects; and (b) be incorporated into community health assessments?
This report reflects the advice and recommendations that resulted from pre-meeting preparation and on-site discussions and public comments. It sets forth a number of policy recommendations for consideration by EPA and other federal, state and local agencies to consider.