Imagine life before the turn of the century. At that time, cholera was one of the most feared and deadly diseases in the U.S., city dwellers were living in indecent housing, people were exposed to contaminated food and water. Imagine no indoor plumbing.

Fortunately, we’ve made tremendous strides since then.

History has taught us that improving the environment in which we live can have an extraordinary impact on our health. From the food we eat to the air we breathe and water we drink, the environment is unequivocally connected to our health.

Illustrating this tremendous impact, APHA’s Environment Section has produced a new short film that presents a historical overview of public and environmental health in the U.S. over the past century. Through key milestones in history, the video illustrates how taking the public health approach to improving the environment has reduced the risk of infectious disease, improved occupational standards and created policies that keep us, our families and our communities healthy.

From clean water and sewage treatment in the early 1900s to creating the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1970, this short film offers a fascinating look back on and efforts to improve our environment and our health.

And the video itself marks a milestone. Its debut celebrates the APHA Environment Section’s 100th anniversary.