About Us

Mission

We promote and support safe and healthy environments on a local, regional, and global scale through conducting collaborative public health-related research, scientific engagement, and capacity-building activities.

Goals

To improve the scientific basis of global health decision making and build mechanisms for sustainable scientific practice in low and middle income countries, and to contribute to effective and efficient disaster and emergency response and prevention efforts

History

Environmental health interventions are one of the most effective and affordable ways to protect public health compared to the conventional approaches (Prüss-Üstün A, Corvalán C. 2006). In order to improve the health and social being of vulnerable groups, it is important to foster a strong scientific foundation for better decision-making.  It is also important to establish both local and global partnerships (SDG 17) among governments, NGOs, industries, and academic institutions to work together to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)


GEH LAB Co-Founder, Tomoyuki Shibata has been facilitating effective partnerships for impactful environmental public health research since creating the GEH LAB Research Group at Northern Illinois University in 2009. The organization expanded and became an independent NGO in 2015 after Heidi West joined the team. GEH  LAB is registered in New York State, USA and received federal 501(c)(3) non-profit status in 2016. Our team operates remotely from all corners of the globe and we have members on 5 continents.  We look forward to continuing our work in support of the SDGs and working to improve the health of the communities where we work.