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Using Climate-Change Policy to Improve Low-Income Communities' Health

By Marice Ashe & Robin Salsburg

Environmental factors--where people live--are stronger determinants of health than access to medical care, thus closely intertwining public health and climate-change policies. Land-use and transportation policies, by encouraging walking, biking, and use of public transit, can simultaneously enhance environmental quality and improve public health by, for example, encouraging physical activity and reducing respiratory illnesses caused by air pollution. Public health advocates are partnering with environmentalists in responding to climate change.

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