Public Health

Polluted air and rivers have acute local health effects and changing rainfall and temperature patterns cause global disruptions in supplies of food and clean water. Learn what is being done to mitigate the impact.

A historical photograph of the West Calumet Housing Complex provided by the East Chicago Public Library for the Northwest Indiana Times.

Northwestern University
High lead and arsenic contamination has been plaguing East Chicago, Indiana, residential areas since at least the 1980s. Read about residents who have been affected by this crisis and their fight for recovery.

The toxic slag pile leftover from smelting industries sits beside Marquette St. Photo by Stephanie Fox/Medill.

Northwestern University
The clean-up of toxic waste from a Superfund site in a village in Central Illinois has been virtually stagnant for almost 20 years. Read about the dynamics between the community and government in the clean-up process. 
Air pollution smoke rising from a plant tower

Smoke rises from a plant tower, polluting the air. (Public Domain)

State University College at Buffalo
Susan Anenberg, an expert in public health and environmental studies, sat down with Planet Forward to discuss the implications that unchecked pollution can have on human life.

M.J. Altman, the editorial director for the World Food Program USA, was a part of a trip to Bangladesh with the organization in 2015. (Photo courtesy M.J. Altman)

George Washington University
Editorial director at World Food Program USA M.J. Altman uncovers the hidden human stories about people and food on the frontlines of hunger in her podcast called “Hacking Hunger.”

Kalu Yala welcomes visitors and interns with a scenic, yet challenging hike up and down the valley. (Photos by Cassie Majewski/Medill)

Northwestern University
Hoping to maximize the benefits of time spent in nature, a group of interns in Panama are investigating the possibility of a new model for a holistic mental health approach.

Harper Simpson, former agriculture intern at Kalu Yala, wears jewelry to remind her to stay strong in times of hardship. (Cassandra Majewski/Medill)

Northwestern University
In a place so focused on environmental sustainability, an important caveat at the eco-town Kalu Yala is its struggle to create an environment that is mentally sustainable.
Planet Forward
Mandela Fellows Funmi Adebajo, Nana Boakye-Yiadom, and Rachel Kalera-Mhango shared their big ideas and the innovative ways in which they report and communicate.
George Washington University
Community Health Centers provide a unique opportunity to help vulnerable populations adapt to climate change.
A short project on the danger of sugar and salt consumption.
A short project on the danger of sugar and salt consumption.
George Washington University
This is a short film where a young woman learns what her ordinary snack looks like in terms of sugar and salt. This is a PSA short.

(Margaret Luzier / U.S. Army Corps of Engineers)

State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry
This article presents the issue of high blood lead levels within an impoverished community and offers an innovative solution for cleaning the water.

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