Environmental health has an important and unique contribution to make to improving public health and reducing health inequalities. The CIEH is working to ensure that this contribution is fully developed and brought to bear, both in support of government policy and in campaigning for necessary additional measures.
We believe that making environmental health concerns heard is essential to the achievement of long-term improvements in the health of the population, in creating and maintaining sustainable communities, and in addressing the health consequences of environmental degradation and global changes in climate, habitat, energy supplies and other key stressors.
Environmental Health 2012, set out our vision for the development of environmental health over the coming years, envisaging a strengthened role for EHPs who will play a leading part in health and well-being strategies and who will play a key role within the Coalition Government’s new Public Health Service for England. Addressing issues of public health and well-being is at the heart of much of the work of the environmental health profession. This work is critically important – while overall life expectancy continues to rise, the inequalities in premature mortality and disability free life expectancy in England are stark, as they are across UK. A new public health service will enable us to realise our vision statement set out in Environmental Health 2012.
In addition to the above, we are working to engage with and influence the government’s key public health bodies and agencies responsible for policy making, regulating and setting standards for public health provision, including the Care Quality Commission and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.
We are also working to ensure that the public health competencies of environmental health practitioners are developed and acknowledged so that they can make their full contribution to joined-up public health workforce.
We are currently actively engaged in a number of key public health issues that have a direct relationship to environmental health practice, including:
Policy briefing notes for Public Health.
CIEH Public Health Network