Health

Bethlehem Health Bureau

Humans interact with the environment constantly.  These interactions affect quality of life, years of healthy life lived, and health disparities.  Our goal is to maintain a healthy environment to increase quality of life for all residents of the City of Bethlehem by preventing or controlling disease, injury, and disability related to the interactions between people and their environment.

“Environmental health addresses all the physical, chemical, and biological factors external to a person, and all the related factors impacting behaviors.  It encompasses the assessment and control of those environmental factors that can potentially affect health.  It is targeted towards preventing disease and creating health-supportive environments.  This definition excludes behavior not related to environment, as well as behavior related to the social and cultural environment, as well as genetics.”

World Health Organization

The Environmental Health Division is under the administrative direction of the Bureau’s Environmental Health Director.  The Environmental Health Director manages the day-to-day activities of a Sanitarian, a Environmental Health Technician, and a Community Health Specialist.

There are five major program areas identified as environmental health programs.  These programs are: