Environmental Concerns in Public Health
Primary care physicians often are among the first to identify indicators that may suggest a link between a specific exposure and a community health risk. As such, family physicians are uniquely qualified to serve as front-line guardians and educators of public health concerns for their patients.
For these reasons, it is important that family physicians have access to the resources they need to understand and treat health issues that may arise from specific environmental exposures. At the same time, they deserve support in the development of policy solutions that effectively address underlying environmental risks.
As new environmental risks and existing hazards become identified, the AAFP will continue to serve as both a resource and an advocate on behalf of family physicians.
- AAFP Policy: Climate Change and Air Pollution
- AAFP Policy: Medical Waste Disposal
- AAFP Policy: Nuclear Waste Disposal
Joint Letter to HHS Office of Head Start on Secondhand Smoke - September 17, 2015(9 page PDF)
Joint Statement Supporting the National Indoor Tanning Tax - June 10, 2015(74 KB PDF)
AAFP Letter to HHS and USDA on 2015 Dietary Guidelines Report - April 28, 2015(2 page PDF)
Joint Letter to HUD Supporting Smoke-Free Subsidized Housing - March 27, 2015(2 page PDF)
AAFP Letter to the FDA on Sunlamps - July 17, 2013(2 page PDF)
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