P.R./USVI to benefit from $4.7M in National Environmental Health Association projects


The National Environmental Health Association announced it is launching a series of post-hurricane projects in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and parts of the U.S. mainland intended to improve public health, child care and building safety.

The two-year, $4.7 million agreement directs NEHA to conduct its work in jurisdictions impacted by the 2017 hurricanes Harvey, Irma and María — notably the USVI and Puerto Rico, but some project work in parts of Louisiana, Texas and Florida.

NEHA is conducting the projects in a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR.)

“For more than 80 years, NEHA has set the standard for the environmental and health profession. We are honored to be selected by the CDC and ATSDR to lead these critical projects. We have significant work to increase public health resiliency at the community level and reduce injury, sickness, displacement and other hurricane impacts,” said David T. Dyjack, chief executive officer of NEHA.

The agreement outlines a series of objectives in a variety of areas:


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