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HHS Launches Office of Environmental Justice, Tackles Health Inequity

9 Jun 2022 8:12 AM | Deborah Hodges (Administrator)

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced it is establishing an Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ), bringing awareness to the impact of environmental health inequities.

“The blunt truth is that many communities across our nation – particularly low-income communities and communities of color – continue to bear the brunt of pollution from industrial development, poor land use decisions, transportation, and trade corridors,” HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said in the press release. “Meeting the needs of these communities requires our focused attention. That’s why HHS is establishing the Office of Environmental Justice.”

The crisis of climate change is arguably the newest social determinant of health (SDOH), impacting the health of marginalized communities.

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