Environmental HealthA safe and healthy environment is critical to the health and welfare of individuals and communities in all parts of the world, yet despite decades of progress, environmental threats ranging from air and water pollution to the effects of climate change still pose significant risks to human health and the environment. Particularly at risk are the world’s poorest, most vulnerable residents, including children, members of disadvantaged racial and ethnic groups, those with existing health conditions, and the elderly. Building the capacity of residents and community leaders and fostering multi-sector collaboration at all levels are keys to promoting environmental health.
JS's environmental health work is focused on improving environmental conditions and preventing and mitigating harmful exposures. We do this by developing and implementing programs on environmental and occupational health, pollution prevention, and exposure reduction; conducting research, providing technical assistance, education and training, evaluation, empowerment and capacity-building. JSI’s team of environmental health specialists’ work in collaboration with individuals and agencies at all levels including environmental and health organizations, government agencies, academic institutions, community groups, and faith-based organizations.
JSI evaluated this two-year initiative and implemented a mixed-method approach to assess the impact the programs, policies, and environmental changes on residents' health as well as the overall awareness of these initiatives.
JSI helps auto-body shop owners in Lawrence, MA improve their businesses and the environmental health of their community through culturally appropriate interventions.
The Massachusetts Asthma Prevention and Control Program is conducting program evaluation activities, including developing a comprehensive, five-year evaluation plan, with JSI guidance.
Casas Sanas Niños Sanos—the Healthy Homes, Healthy Children project— trains Latino residents in Lawrence, MA to identify, understand, and take action to reduce exposures in the home that affect children's health.
JSI developed youth leadership to advance breast cancer awareness, prevention, and access to care using an innovative approach of bringing together students, family members, and community through a high school club.
To help the Rhode Island Department of Health protect and promote health in the state, JSI developed a set of valid measures of health outcomes, health-related behaviors, and health system performance that can be generated on a timely basis.