Are you concerned about possible disease clusters in your neighborhood? How about hazardous waste potentially contaminating your drinking water? Are you worried about chemicals in the shampoo, deodorant or toothpaste you are using?

Public health laboratories are equipped with advanced technology and highly trained chemists dedicated to protecting and improving public health.  They may be able to help answer these questions and more.

Public health laboratories, like all agencies, have their limitations. For instance, they cannot test a urine sample that is brought to them in a mayonnaise jar (they follow specific guidelines related to study development, including sample collection). They also must work within their mission, the system and the scientific process.

Let us help you navigate the environmental health system. Tell us what’s going on in your community and how we might help.

Environmental Justice Resources

Navigating The System
Center for Health, Environment & Justice
Center for Science and Democracy
Public Lab: A DIY environmental science community

Related APHL Publications

2015 Spring Lab Matters – Easing Community Concerns through Biomonitoring
Community Access to Environmental Health Laboratories: A Report on Two Statewide Meetings