Environmental Context/Neighborhood Matters For Human Health and Disease

This post is based on a session I attended at the Iowa Governor’s Conference on Public Health in April 2013 by Kenneth Olden, PhD, ScD with the Environmental Protection Agency. For More posts from the Governor’s Conference, click here.

4 Global Public Health challenges

  • Increase in chronic/non-communicable diseases
  • Aging of the population
  • Increase in urbanization
  • Growing Disparities in health

Solving complex problems such as finding the causes of complex diseases such as Alzheimers, Parkinson’s and Social Disparities of Health involves finding new ways to look at the problems. He recommends that we look at cumulative effect of what is responsible for chronic disease, which is in large part the environmental factors on your genetics


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