Division of Community Health Investigations (DCHI)

DCHI works to reduce people’s exposures to toxic substances in the environment.
Take samples
  • Take air, soil, or water samples in neighborhoods built near current or old chemical dump sites or other areas where toxic chemicals were/are dumped, spilled or released
  • Take biologic samples (blood, urine) from people living in the neighborhoods
Review data and report on health effects
  • Provide our expert opinion on the level of environmental exposure and the health effects that could have occurred or could be possible
Work with communities and tribes to protect health
  • Provide health education, technical advice, and support for communities and tribes to protect them from health effects caused by environmental exposure
Work with states and other agencies
  • Make recommendations to prevent, reduce, or eliminate environmental exposures
Page last reviewed: October 23, 2018