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Health Conditions in People and Groups that may be Impacted by the Environment

The air we breathe, the water we drink, and the food we eat are all part of our environment.  Chemicals, radiation, bacteria, and other physical exposures are a part of that environment as well, and we encounter them where we live, work, and play.  At times, our interaction with the environment may be harmful to our health.

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) devotes attention to illnesses which might be caused - or made worse - by environmental exposures. Generally, a disease is not caused by only one factor or exposure, but more likely a combination of genetic and environmental factors. By taking a more holistic view of diseases and risks CDPH can consider a greater range of public health interventions.

The list of health conditions that follows is not a comprehensive list of all diseases that could be affected by the environment, but rather is a guide to CDPH projects on health conditions for which the role of environmental risk factors is being examined.  Each link will direct you to a web page with general information on the health condition, CDPH programs, resources, and related environmental health information.



Flavoring-related lung disease  

Lead poisoning

Pesticide-related illness

Reproductive health problems

Last modified on: 2/16/2010 4:15 PM