A Sustainability Plan for the U.S. Virgin Islands
The U.S. Virgin Islands Department of Health (USVI DOH) created a sustainability plan to ensure that children continue to be protected from disaster-related harmful exposures in the future. In partnership with environmental agencies, emergency response, and child care agencies, USVI DOH created agreements to sustain data sharing and cooperation to protect children against harmful environmental exposures. USVI DOH also tested response materials with child care providers. Providers overwhelmingly found the materials informative, easy-to-use, and beneficial for assessing environmental risk. The outreach USVI DOH conducted and the agreements forged help ensure that USVI’s youngest generation is protected from harmful environmental exposures related to disasters.