New Hampshire APPLETREE

Working with communities to reduce exposure to environmental hazards and the risk for negative health outcomes. 

The APPLETREE (Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry’s (ATSDR’s) Partnership to Promote Local Efforts to Reduce Environmental Exposures) Program supports New Hampshire at many levels. The goal of the partnership between ATSDR and New Hampshire is to give partners the resources to build their capacity to assess and respond to site-specific issues. The program helps ATSDR’s partners: 

  • Identify exposure pathways at specific sites.
  • Educate affected communities and local health professionals about site contamination and potential health effects.
  • Review health outcome data to evaluate potential links between site contaminants and community health outcomes.

Together, New Hampshire APPLETREE, communities and partners can protect and promote health in our state!

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Our team is available to support your community when petitioned. Petitions are simply requests for our assistance. These can come to us in a variety of ways through any of our stakeholders, including community members. Direct conversations, email submissions or phone calls are all good ways to submit a petition to us.

In addition to health-based recommendations, APPLETREE can provide technical support to all of our stakeholders. Interested in a community educational event about exposure reduction, testing or treatment options? We can work with you to plan and organize! 

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APPLETREE is working with communities in New Hampshire to reduce exposures to environmental contaminants in their daily lives. We follow comprehensive environmental science research to inform our recommendations to communities. This often comes with review of environmental data and potential risks for individuals who might face exposures.  

Published recommendations come in many forms, including health consultations and public health assessments. These are designed to protect and empower the impacted communities.

two pairs of hands hold a plant togetherOur team includes staff from NHDES and the New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services (DPHS). We have expertise in health risk assessment, toxicology, health education, community engagement and project management. In partnership with ATSDR, we can work with communities to reduce exposure to environmental hazards, and in turn reduce risk for negative health outcomes associated with exposure. Moreover, our Choose Safe Places for Early Care and Education component program, housed at DPHS, focuses specifically on exposure reduction for our communities' youngest members as they learn and grow. Finally, in addition to the formal partnership established with ATSDR, NHDES and DPHS, we consider community leaders, community members and other organizations dedicated to promoting and protecting health to be our partners. Learn more about our partners below.

An Image of a young child digging in the dirtWith a steady rise of urban and community gardening in New Hampshire, communities can learn more about their soil’s quality and potential contaminants, like lead and other metals, by testing their soil. Children are particularly sensitive to lead exposure, and there is no safe level of lead in a child’s blood. To help protect our communities where they live, play and garden, SoilSHOP (Soil Screening, Health, Outreach, and Partnership) Events can be hosted in partnership with communities, NH APPLETREE and our state and federal partners. Drop your soil off with us at one of our events and we’ll do the rest! We are also available to answer any questions you may have.

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Principal Investigator
robert.thistle@des.nh.gov