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.

From CAPHE Partners

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

October 22, 2022: 9 AM – 1 PM. Join us for a tour of the Gordie Howe International Bridge (GHIB) for a community conversation about health impacts related to the GHIB and learn about community organizing efforts related to environmental and health actions associated with the bridge. Registration for the tour is required in advance. Please click the link below to register. Lunch and transportation from the University of Michigan and the CHASS Center in Detroit will be provided. The tours will also be translated into Spanish. If you prefer to register by a phone call or text please contact the Detroit Hispanic Development Corporation at 313-967-4880. https://bit.ly/3yYvmOK 

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

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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.