Living & Working in Detroit: Impact of an Urban Industrialized Environment on our Health
- Over time, chronic low-level exposure to environmental stressors can lead to adverse health conditions and disease.
- “Stressors” include such factors as air and water pollution, workplace chemicals, biological agents, dietary components as well as emotional and psychosocial stress.
- Some populations are at a higher risk: children, older adults, those with lower socioeconomic status, refugees and workers within certain occupations.
- Furthermore, there are specific life windows where people are at heightened risk, such as during pregnancy/lactation, puberty, old-age and during times when the immune system has been weakened.
- Our goal is disease prevention through community awareness and public policy change.