The proposed work will increase the capacity of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to conduct site-specific public health assessment and education activities related to toxic substance releases in the state of Michigan through the Michigan-ATSDR Partnership to Promote Localized Efforts for Site Evaluation and Education (MI-APPLESEED). MI-APPLESEED staff will 1) identify pathways of human exposure to hazardous substances from releases into the environment (e.g., NPL sites, RCRA sites, or accidental spills or releases); 2) implement and sustain the Michigan Choose Safe Places for Early Care and Education (MI-CSPECE) program to achieve safe siting of early care and education facilities around the state; and 3) develop a new environmental health program for climate change impacts on NPL sites in Michigan in Component 2. MI-APPLESEED staff will follow published ATSDR and U.S. EPA public health and risk assessment methods and guidance for health outreach materials.
The intended outcomes of the proposed MI-APPLESEED project are to protect the public from environmental hazards and toxic exposures; promote healthy environments; support environmental public health practice; educate communities, partners, and policy makers about environmental health risks and protective measures; and promote environmental justice by reducing health disparities associated with environmental exposures. As a result, human exposure to environmental contaminants in Michigan will be reduced, and Michigan residents’ health status and quality of life will improve.