Environmental Challenges

Ivana Castellanos


Ivana serves as a Policy Analyst for the APHA. In this role she is responsible for research, writing and communication activities, coordinating events, meetings, and calls; and assisting with grant, budget and contract management. Ivana has also been a lead contributor to several projects within the healthy community design portfolio. This includes the development of the Transportation and Health Tool, a landmark tool developed by the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In addition, Ivana was heavily involved with the creation of an interactive website with data from the Bicycling and Walking in the United States: 2016 Benchmarking Report.

The American Public Health Association (APHA) champions the health of all people and all communities. APHA’s Center for Public Health Policy (Center) highlights the connections between communities — where we live, work, play and learn — and our collective health. The Center advances evidence-based policies and practices to in support of APHA’s central challenge to create the healthiest nation in one generation. Improving environmental health and justice is one of the Center’s core priorities and includes a robust portfolio across three focus areas: natural environment, healthy community design, and environmental health systems and partnerships.

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