Welcome to Community Action to Promote Healthy Environments (CAPHE)

Community Action to Promote Healthy Environments (CAPHE) is a community-based participatory research partnership that includes community-based organizations, the health practice community, environmental organizations, and academic researchers. We are working together to develop and implement a public health action plan to improve air quality and health in Detroit.

Online Survey for Air Quality Concerns in Detroit

Please take the following survey, which is designed to obtain input from city residents to identify areas for air quality monitoring in the City of Detroit.  Click here for more information on the survey.

Our Work: Schools Indoor Air Quality Project

Read this flyer about our efforts to improve and monitor indoor air quality in Detroit area schools and other child serving organizations

Cumulative Impact Summary of Legislative Components

Read this document summarizing key dimensions of state level legislation and policies that use cumulative risk frameworks to inform action.

CAPHE Public Health Action Plan

The CAPHE Public Health Action Plan includes evidence-based recommendations for short-, mid- and long-term strategies to reduce air pollution exposures and their adverse impacts on health in Detroit.

Our Work: Research by CAPHE & Partners

Featured PublicationIndependent and joint contributions of economic, social and physical environmental characteristics to mortality in the Detroit Metropolitan Area: A study of cumulative effects and pathways (Schulz et al., 2020)

Read through more research and publications by CAPHE, partners, and partner organizations.

CAPHE Events

June 2nd, 2022: IAQ in Michigan Schools: Improving Indoor Air Quality to Respond to COVID-19 and Beyond. Join us from 1 – 2:30 PM for a webinar hosted by EPA Region 5 about the ways Michigan schools can utilize local, state, and federal resources to make lasting improvements to IAQ!  This webinar will focus on how to develop a game plan to prepare school staff, update school building ventilation systems, and implement effective, evidence-based indoor air quality (IAQ) interventions and preventive maintenance practices to reduce virus transmission, create healthy learning environments, and optimize school building energy performance. Register here: https://bit.ly/3wANHAP

Learn more about upcoming and past events hosted by CAPHE, partners, and partner organizations.


Air Quality in Detroit

Residents of Detroit have been and continue to be exposed to elevated levels of air pollutants. These pollutants have been linked to asthma, poor birth outcomes, and cardiovascular disease.  Air pollution is one of the top public health priorities identified by Detroit community members and its leaders.

For the past 15 years we have collected data about the state of our air quality here in Detroit.  This effort has been a long time coming and will benefit our communities for years to come.  

Angela Reyes, Executive Director, Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation

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Partnerships & Partner Organizations

This work is made possible by the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (RO1ES022616, RO1ES032389), and the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation.  Additional support was provided by the Michigan Center on Lifestage Environmental Exposures and Disease (M-LEEaD), #P30ES017885.