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 Letter to HHS on Health Literacy Definition - August 1, 2019(1 page PDF)
Joint Letter to Congress from the CDC Coalition on FY2020 - March 4, 2019(7 page PDF)
AAFP Response to ASPE Study on Social Risk Factors - November 14, 2018(4 page PDF)
AAFP Response to the EPA’s Proposed Rule on SAFE Vehicles Rules - October 24, 2018(2 page PDF)
AAFP Letter to EPA on Asbestos - August 9, 2018(2 page PDF)
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