About MdEHN


The Maryland Environmental Health Network takes action to protect human health by addressing environmental policies and practices that shape the conditions for health equity in Maryland.

Vision:  We envision a Maryland where everyone – regardless of socioeconomic status – enjoys clean air, water, and food, and benefits equally from safe environments in homes, schools and communities. We envision a Maryland where human health is understood to be a function of economic, environmental, and social factors which must be balanced to achieve Quality of Life for all.

Mission: The Maryland Environmental Health Network seeks to improve the health of Marylanders by minimizing exposures to environmental threats and toxic chemicals, through effective environmental legislation and institutional policies.

Values:  In all of our endeavors, we are guided by 4 values:

  • We are mindful of the experience, perspectives, and involvement of people and communities most affected by pollution.
  • We are guided by science and research, in developing our advocacy stands and solutions.
  • We understand that, in this field especially, the solutions are complex and sometimes imperfect.
  • We seek partners and collaborations where we promote efforts to create a healthier Maryland.

Our Priorities
MdEHN focuses our attention in three areas:

  • Energy Policy – including air pollution and many of the policy decisions related to climate change and;
  • Toxics – comprising chemicals and pesticides in industrial and consumer use.
  • Environmental Justice & Health Equity –  addressing vulnerable populations and evaluating the pollution burden from energy and toxics policy on specific communities

Roles Played By MdEHN

  • A watchdog organization to assure that health and equity commitments made by state agencies and commissions are fulfilled.
  • An advocate for health through our legislative agenda based on science.
  • A government partner to assure implementation of environmental health policies and laws.
  • A convener of experts to translate science for the benefit of affected communities and for policy-makers.

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