Environmental Health

State Environmental Health Directors

The State Environmental Health Directors (SEHD) are organized as an informal peer group within ASTHO and receives staff support and connectivity with state and territorial health officials. The SEHD seeks to enhance relationships and communication among states and partners and provide a forum for discussion of key environmental health issues and the sharing of best practices.


Profile of State Environmental Health: Summary and Analysis of Workforce Changes from 2010-2012
Using data from the ASTHO Profile of State Public Health, Volume Three, this report provides a snapshot of the environmental health workforce and environmental health activities performed by state and territorial health agencies (S/THAs) as reported by Senior Deputies in 2012. Where possible, these findings were compared to data collected from State Environmental Health Directors in 2010.

Ensuring Healthy Communities, Volume 2
Ensuring Healthy Communities, Volume 2, summarizes the results of the 2010 SEHD Survey. The 2010 Survey is intended to provide a snapshot of state environmental health programs and activities and identify how state environmental health programs are changing over time.

2010 SEHD Survey Results Fact Sheet
The 2010 SEHD survey is part of ASTHO's ongoing efforts to enhance communications among the SEHD and identify changes in state EH services over time.

Annual Meetings

The SEHD group meets annually in-person to discuss the activities of the SEHD work groups, emerging public health issues in the states, and future priorities for the group. Additional topics of discussion include the Environmental Public Health Tracking program, climate change and public health, health impact assessments, toxicology issues, and partner updates. The goal of the SEHD annual meetings is to help build capacity for environmental health programs in the states, increase knowledge, and share tools and resources. More information on past meetings »


FrameWorks Institute Communications Project for Environmental Health

ASTHO, along with the American Public Health Association (APHA) and the Association of Public Health Laboratories (APHL), partnered with the FrameWorks Institute on a communications research project to help agencies in environmental health policy, practice, research, and advocacy speak with a more consistent and strategic voice.

APPLETREE COVID-19 Supplemental Awards

In early 2021, ASTHO, with support from CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), announced awards to five state health agencies to support their responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. State health agencies in Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Vermont, and Virginia were selected for this opportunity because of their recent application to ATSDR’s Partnership to Promote Local Efforts to Reduce Environmental Exposure (APPLETREE) cooperative agreement program. Vermont requested that ASTHO work directly with their partner organization, Informed Green Solutions (IGS), for this project. The factsheets below outline activities supported under these awards.

APPLETREE COVID-19 Project Presentations

Supplemental Project Presentations — Part 1
ASTHO, with support from CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, provided funding and assistance to five state health agencies (or their partners) to support environmental health-related COVID-19 response activities. The first in a two-part series, this webinar features presentations from project staff at the Arkansas Department of Health, Kentucky Department for Public Health, and Vermont Department of Health’s partner, Informed Green Solutions.