Impact Areas

Our Priorities
MdEHN focuses our attention in three areas:

  • Climate & Energy – addressing the impacts of energy choice policy related to climate change and health;
  • Vulnerable Population Health –  addressing the shifting nature of environmental threats at the population level and evaluating the pollution burden of related policy on specific communities;
  • Toxics and Chemical Exposure Protections – evaluating policy that impacts exposure to chemicals and pesticides in industrial and consumer use.

Roles Played By MdEHN:

  • A convener of community partners, experts and practitioners.
  • A translator of science for the benefit of  impacted communities and for policy-makers.
  • An advocate for environmental health protections.
  • watchdog organization on matters of health and equity.

View our catalog of resources on environmental health in Maryland. 

resources public health


Health advocates are calling attention to the health and safety implications of the gas industry. Trusted Sources: Physicians, Scientists and Engineers for Healthy Energy is a multidisciplinary research and policy institute focused on the adoption of evidence-based energy policy.


Climate change is not only the greatest threat to human health in our times, but also the greatest opportunity to advance public health. This is largely due to the improvements in air quality and water conservation integration into a cleaner energy system. Read our report Energy & Health in Maryland for information Considerations:

resources toxins


The following organizations are trusted sources for understanding the links between human health, especially the health of children, and toxics in the environment: The Maryland Pesticide Network (MPN) is committed to providing the public, health care providers, public health and environmental health professionals and advocates…

resources environmental justice


The following articles and reports offer resources on the links between environmental justice and health equity: Download, “The Environment that Freddie Gray Lived In,” by MdEHN’s intern Betsy Atkinson based on data from the EPA’s “EJ Screen” & Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance (BNIA).