Keeping Americans safe from environmental threats
National Center for Environmental Health & the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, CDC
The air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we eat, the places we live and work -- the environment around us can keep us healthy - or it can make us sick. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Environmental Health and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) are dedicated to a single mission: keeping Americans safe from threats that begin with the very things that we need most in order to live: air, water, food, and our homes. CDC's National Asthma Control Program has built a strong network of asthma prevention programs in metropolitan areas and school districts across the nation. Through science, service and leadership, they are keeping American children safe from harmful exposures and diseases related to their environment. When communities across the nation are concerned about chemical exposure, ATSDR works directly with them to understand whether health effects exist and to prevent exposure. When contaminated well water was discovered in the town of Pavillion, WY, ATSDR analyzed data and found important information to share community members to allow them to protect their health.