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Environmental Health Equity to Get Boost From New HHS Office

May 31, 2022, 2:48 PM

A new office within the Health and Human Services Department will develop a department-wide strategy to protect disadvantaged communities from environmental health issues.

The Office of Environmental Justice, announced Tuesday, will work with other agencies on the matter, including assisting the Office for Civil Rights with ensuring compliance with civil rights laws. The new office will be part of the HHS’s Office for Climate Change and Health Equity.

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