Environmental Concerns in Public Health

Overview of Environmental Concerns

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has long recognized the environment’s impact on human health across the lifespan and is committed to supporting policies that help mitigate the impact of hazardous agents on communities and patients.

Primary care physicians screen for early childhood lead exposure, help manage asthma patients, and treat individuals with foodborne illnesses. Primary care physicians are also well-positioned to provide expertise regarding community health issues.

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 and patients.

Recent AAFP Communications

Joint Communications with Other Organizations

Joint Letter to Congress from the CDC Coalition on FY2020 - March 4, 2019(7 page PDF)

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