The Maryland Environmental Health Network (MEHN) convenes diverse stakeholders in the fields of health and environmental advocacy, research, and community activism, to support cross-sector dialogue and action that results in better protection of both human health and the environment.
The Network operates from the principle that health is a unifying and mobilizing concern for many different interest groups. Members believe that a focus on health can increase environmental action and that a focus on environment can help address intransigent health disparities.
MEHN held its first meeting on February 9th, 2012 and adopted a provisional vision and mission statement:
Vision: We envision a Maryland where children and adults enjoy clean food, air and water, and benefit from safe environments in their homes, schools and communities.
Mission: The Environmental Health Network seeks to improve the health of Marylanders by minimizing exposures to environmental threats and toxic chemicals by:
- inspiring, informing, and empowering people and communities
- coordinating organizational efforts
- promoting effective environmental legislation and institutional policies (including enforcement of laws)
- advancing environmental health equity throughout Maryland
Maryland is a leader in health and environmental policy. Yet we have missed key opportunities to pass health protective legislation in recent years, including failure to pass a pesticide reporting bill, a bill that would identify and track chemicals of concern for human health, and a bill to mandate OSHA-like protections for students and teachers in schools during renovations and construction. MEHN seeks to call attention to these failures and challenge Maryland to do better in future years.