HEAL works to promote public health through a healthy environment in Europe and beyond. We do this by creating better representation of expertise and evidence from the health community in decision-making processes.
We have a strong track record in increasing public and expert engagement in EU and World Health Organization (WHO) debates and decision-making processes on environment and health.
Our commitment to our membership and our mission entails:
- Monitoring policy within EU institutions to identify threats and opportunities for environment and health
- Running advocacy campaigns to bring the voice of the health community to policy makers
- Following policy-relevant research and making it accessible
- Facilitating public and stakeholder participation
- Building capacity through publications, conferences, workshops, and training.
Together with our members, partners and experts we pool expertise and work on a wide variety of issues. These include environmental prevention of chronic diseases such as cancer, cardiovascular, respiratory disease, diabetes and obesity; hazardous chemicals including pesticides and biocides; climate change and energy; air quality; noise pollution; mercury; environmental injustice and social inequalities.
Overall, HEAL’s policy briefings and information resources provide politicians, risk managers and the general public with information on scientific evidence and offer suggestions on which measures to take to better protect our health from environmental threats.