What Do You Know About Environment and Health?
By David Doolittle


We all know environmental factors such as air pollution and contaminated drinking water can have a direct effect on the health of individuals and communities. 

But how knowledgeable are you on the environment and health outcomes? Has your training and experience helped prepare you to care for those effects or to advocate for change? 

That is the basis of a dissertation research survey being conducted by a doctoral student at Northeastern University in Boston. 

The student said she selected Texas for the study because: 

  • Texas is the top producer of petrochemicals in the U.S., and the fracking industry has expanded exponentially in the past 15 years;
  • Although it already is the No. 1 state in which natural disasters occur – often caused by environmental factors – their number and intensity is expected to increase, and;
  • Texas, especially the U.S.-Mexico border region, is under-emphasized in environmental justice and medical sociological literature. 

The Texas Medical Association encourages Texas physicians to participate in the online survey, which can be taken on a smart phone, tablet, or computer and will take approximately seven minutes to complete. Your input will help address environmental health disparities in Texas and help develop educational materials for physicians and other health care professionals.

Last Updated On

August 28, 2019

Originally Published On

August 28, 2019

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Dave Doolittle is editor of Texas Medicine and Texas Medicine Today. Dave grew up in Austin, where he attended culinary school as well as the University of Texas. He spent years covering Central Texas for the Austin American-Statesman newspaper. He is the father of two girls, a proud Longhorn, and an avid motorsports fan.

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