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Leah York

Bloomberg Fellow

Leah York serves as an Environmental Protection Specialist at the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment (CDPHE). In her role, she collaborates with the drinking water compliance team to safeguard access to safe and healthy water for the residents of Colorado. Leah's professional focus revolves around understanding the intricate dynamics between human activities and the environment, particularly how these interactions impact public health. She channels her passion through her work in the domain of drinking water, recognizing both longstanding contaminants and emerging threats such as PFAS. Leah's efforts involve close collaboration with public water systems to establish and uphold comprehensive standards. She diligently ensures compliance with Colorado Primary Drinking Water Regulations as well as Federal (EPA) Regulations, working towards the common goal of ensuring safe drinking water for communities. 

The Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment (CDPHE) in Denver, Colorado, stands as one of Colorado's 16 cabinet-level departments, occupying a pivotal role at the intersection of health and environmental issues. Embracing a holistic perspective, CDPHE tackles the dynamic challenges confronting public health with a commitment to evidence-based strategies. Its mission is to enhance the well-being of Colorado residents by championing initiatives that foster healthier communities and safeguard the environments where people live, work, and play. This vision extends towards cultivating a sustainable and thriving Colorado for both present and future generations. 

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