Helping Protect People’s Health in the Community

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ATSDR will award $11.8 million annually to 28 state health departments for fiscal year (FY) 2020-2023. The states will use the funding to evaluate past and present exposure to environmental hazards and to prevent future exposures.

The cooperative agreement program, ATSDR’s Partnership to Promote Local Efforts to Reduce Environmental Exposure (APPLETREE), will give states resources and guidance to assess and respond to site-specific issues involving exposure to hazardous substances in the environment by:

  • Identifying exposure pathways at specific sites
  • Reviewing environmental and health data to identify potential health risks from exposures
  • Making recommendations to prevent exposures
  • Educating affected communities and local health professionals about site contamination and potential health effects at sites.

During this funding cycle, funded states will also use program awards to develop plans and take action to protect children from environmental hazards through the safe siting of early care and education facilities.

To learn more about the Appletree program and see a list of the states with awards, visit:

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Page last reviewed: December 8, 2020