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Book and Media Reviews
January 4, 2006

Community Environmental Health

JAMA. 2006;295(1):99-100. doi:10.1001/jama.295.1.99-b

Environmental health is an important component of public health. Many serious environmental health problems arise at the local or community level. The process of solving these problems can benefit from the wisdom of local residents as well as from the knowledge of professionals who are involved with these investigations. In this book, Jason Corburn refers to the process of combining local/community knowledge and professional knowledge in solving environmental health problems as “street science.” The book is especially timely, given that one of the overarching goals of Healthy People 2010 is to eliminate health disparities.