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AAIDD health policy efforts and state outreach

AAIDD’s Health Policy efforts, part of the Environmental Health Initiative’s priorities, is focused on educating policymakers at the state and national levels.

Alaska Community Action on Toxics (ACAT)

ACAT is a statewide organization established in 1997 and dedicated to achieving environmental health and justice. The mission is to assure justice by advocating for environmental and community health. ACAT works to eliminate the production and release of harmful chemicals by industry and military sources; ensure community right-to-know; achieve policies based on the precautionary principle; and support the rights and sovereignty of Indigenous Peoples.

Autism Society — Vote4Autism Campaign

The Autism Society Vote4Autism Campaign site keeps the public connected to what is going on in the state and federal government. The “Take Action” links let people instantly tell their legislators what they think about legislation that affect people with autism.

Californians for Pesticide Reform

Pesticide Biomonitoring Study with Farmworkers in Lindsay, California.

Centers for Disease Control Biomonitoring Program


Collaborative on Health and the Environment

CHE is a collaborative of over 3,500 partners, including health professionals, scientists, academicians, and others interested in the most robust science linking environmental threat with health outcomes. CHE maintains a comprehensive listing of environmental health resources, searchable by health issue, environmental/toxic issue and target audience.

Contaminated without Consent

A 17-minute introductory video on chemical exposure, our health, and how business is responding.


Commonweal is a nonprofit health and environmental research institute in Bolinas, California. Commonweal conducts programs that contribute to human and ecosystem health — to a safer world for people and for all life. Commonweal houses the Collaborative on Health and Environment (CHE), the Commonweal Biomonitoring Resource Center, and the Commonweal Cancer Help Program, among other programs.

Earliest Exposures Biomonitoring Project

Pregnant women tested for chemicals in their bodies by Washington Toxics Coalition and Commonweal.

Environmental Health News

Daily links to top stories in the news about environmental health. This free news service can be subscribed to on the website.

Environmental Justice For All

A 2007 tour of chemically contaminated communities of color and the health effects found there.

Environmental Protection Agency

Toxic Release Inventory data to find out what chemicals are contaminating communities in many areas.

Environmental Working Group (EWG)

The mission of the Environmental Working Group (EWG) is to use the power of public information to protect public health and the environment. EWG specializes in providing useful resources to consumers while simultaneously pushing for national policy change. Their 2009 study of babies of color cord blood and chemicals can be found at: www.ewg.org/minoritycordblood/home

Hazardous Chemicals in Health Care

This 2009 study by Physicians for Social Responsibility and Clean New York biomonitored physicians, nurses, and health care workers.

Healthy Child Healthy World

Healthy Child Healthy World is leading a movement that educates parents, supports protective policies, and engages communities to make responsible decisions, simple everyday choices, and well-informed lifestyle improvements to create healthy environments where children and families can flourish.

Is It In Us?

A 2007 biomonitoring project of 35 people in seven states.

Learning and Developmental Disabilities Initiative (LDDI)

LDDI hosts an extensive list of resources on learning and developmental disabilities, including fact sheets and practice prevention columns summarizing the science for non-scientists, biomonitoring reports, and peer-reviewed summaries of the scientific information regarding environmental influences on LDDs and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA)

LDA is the leading advocate for laws and policies that create opportunities for people with learning disabilities. This resource includes LDA’s legislative agenda, news from Washington, DC and legislative resources for advocates.

The Louisville Charter for Safer Chemicals

The Louisville Charter provides a roadmap for creating a safe and healthy environment through innovation. The Charter is a living document to guide policymakers toward chemicals policy reform that protects us all. It is endorsed by many labor groups, environmental health and justice organizations.

National Association for the Dually Diagnosed (NADD)

NADD maintains a listing of US public policy updates related to learning, developmental, neurological, and mental health problems.

Pesticide Action Network-North America

Pesticide Action Network North America (PAN North America, or PANNA) works to replace the use of hazardous pesticides with ecologically sound and socially just alternatives. One of five PAN Regional Centers worldwide, this network challenges the global proliferation of pesticides, defends basic rights to health and environmental quality, and works to ensure the transition to a just and viable society.

Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE)

The Program on Reproductive Health and the Environment (PRHE) at the University of California in San Francisco (UCSF) is dedicated to creating a healthier environment for human reproduction and development by advancing scientific inquiry, clinical care and health policies that prevent exposures to harmful chemicals in our environment.

Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families

Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families is a groundbreaking coalition of diverse groups united by their common concern about toxic chemicals in our homes, places of work, and products we use every day. SCHF is working to reform the nation’s failed toxics chemical law to protect public health and the environment.

Safer States

A network of diverse environmental health coalitions and organizations in 16 states around the country working on state legislation for environmental health protections from chemicals.

The Endocrine Disruption Exchange (TEDX) United Nations’ POPs Chemicals

TEDX, founded by Dr. Theo Colborn, is a non-profit organization dedicated to compiling and disseminating the scientific evidence on the health and environmental problems caused by low-dose exposure to chemicals that interfere with development and function, called endocrine disruptors.

United Nations’ POPs Chemicals

This international body works to regulate Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) such as DDT.

United States Government Accountability Office

A report to Congress on Biomonitoring and the EPA.

Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE)

Women’s Voices for the Earth (WVE) is a national organization that engages women to advocate for the right to live in a health environment. WVE seeks to reduce and ultimately eliminate environmental pollutants that cause health problems for women.