Understanding Human Services Agencies' Interest and Engagement in Environmental Justice
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Human services systems work to advance the health and well-being of families and communities through social and economic supports. More frequent severe weather events and a changing climate pose an additional threat to the communities we serve, and therefore, call upon human services agencies to plan for how to support the people they serve in the short and long term.
The American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) is working to support human services leaders in taking steps to take care of their communities.
As part of this effort, we are conducting a landscape analysis of human services agencies across the country to learn about their efforts on addressing environmental justice (EJ) and building resiliency in their systems.
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If you have questions, please contact Chloe Green at APHSA (
The questions below ask for some basic information about you and your agency. This is only so we can track responses and to follow up as needed. As noted above, your name, other information, and responses will be kept private: not be shared outside of the APHSA team and their partners at Mathematica.
A star (*) indicates that a response to the question is required to move forward.
Please enter your current title within your agency.
Please enter the state in which your agency provides services (enter the abbreviation only)
Please enter the name of your agency.
Reflections on Environmental Justice and/or Climate and Weather Events
The questions below ask you to consider various aspects about your agency’s approach to environmental justice and/or climate and weather events.
Please remember that there are no right or wrong answers and that this is to help understand if and how human services agencies are thinking about these issues. We have provided a definition of environmental justice below.
Please respond to the questions from the perspective of your agency – that means answering as your agency representative regardless of your personal beliefs and experiences.
Environmental justice (EJ)
: “the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income, with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.” –
Environmental Protection Agency
To what degree does your agency currently engage with issues related to EJ, climate, and/or weather events?*
High – we are actively working to address issues related to EJ and/or climate and weather events in the communities we serve.
Medium - we respond to emergency weather events and/or discuss other issues of EJ and/or climate and weather events, but rarely take action on them.
Low - we occasionally discuss issues of EJ and/or climate and weather events, but the discussions are infrequent.
Not at all - we do not engage at all with issues related to EJ and/or climate and weather events.
Prefer not to answer.
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